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Implementing Evidence-Informed Practices in Maternal and Child Health: Bridging Domestic and International Methods

Thursday, August 20, 2020 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

We have the opportunity to end preventable deaths among all women and children while improving their health and well-being. Far too many women, infants, and children in the United States and worldwide still have little or no access to essential, quality health services.  The current attention on COVID-19 may further reduce access to these services.

In this timely webinar, health experts will discuss current approaches and innovative methods to addressing maternal and child health, applying lessons learned across both the United States and globally. This interactive webinar will focus on the following topics:

  • Improving care for mothers and babies through state or multistate quality improvement collaboratives, led by Vanessa Lee, Infant Mortality CoIIN Coordinator, Health Resources & Services Administration
  • Hospital-based quality improvement initiatives focused on evidence-based maternity practices supporting optimal infant nutrition, led by Catherin Sullivan, Director of the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute
  • Strengthening the quality of neonatal and child health services via strategic engagement of the private health sector, led by James White, Senior Associate at Abt Global 

We invite you to engage with our health experts as they discuss equity, thought leadership in social determinants of health, collaborating, and strengthening knowledge among healthcare practitioners.


Lisa Nichols, MPH, Principal Associate, Abt Global

Lisa Nichols has expertise in managing and evaluating international public health programs that address maternal and child health, malaria, reproductive health, and family planning in complex cultural environments. With more than 25 years of experience, she is highly regarded for her ability to forge alliances and networks to foster international development, improve policy environments and monitor and evaluate performance.


Vanessa Lee, MPH, Public Health Analyst, Health Resources and Services Administration

Vanessa Lee currently serves as the Infant Mortality CoIIN Coordinator in the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. She oversees and manages a national initiative to reduce infant mortalityand has also served as the project officer for the Title V MCH Block Grant Program.

Catherine Sullivan, MPH, RDN, LDN, IBCLE, RLC, FAND, Director and Clinical Assistant Professor, Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI)

Catherine Sullivan leads CGBI programmatic efforts in the areas of breastfeeding-friendly healthcare, childcare, communities, and lactation training. Sullivan actively researches the impact of best breastfeeding practices and the impact on systems-level change in healthcare and in the community.

James White, MSc, Senior Associate, Abt Global

James White is the Clinical Advisor to the SHOPS Plus Project and the project management officer for Global Health Security  in Abt’s International Development Division. He is a registered pediatric nurse and clinical service delivery specialist with nearly 20 years of experience  working in resource-constrained settings, including the delivery of HIV and AIDS programs and maternal and child health services, and building health system resilience through public and private partners

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