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Partnering to Support Healthy Moms and Babies in Baltimore and Beyond: Celebrating 10 Years of B’More for Healthy Babies

A virtual conference series to share the success of B'more for Healthy Babies

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Welcome from Dr. Letitia Dzirasa, Commissioner of Health, Baltimore City Health Department

In the decade since its creation, B’more for Healthy Babies (BHB) has impacted the lives of many families in Baltimore. The initiative brings together policymakers, service providers, community organizations, and residents to strategically allocate resources and streamline communication at all levels of the maternal and child health system so that every baby might have the best possible start.

This virtual event series will review the success of B’more for Healthy Babies, outline the goals for the program moving forward, and gather strategies and enhance momentum for building organizational capacity to implement community-based research to improve maternal and child health outcomes.



Pre-session : An Introduction to the Work of B'more for Healthy Babies

In this introduction to the series, Assistant Commissioner for the Bureau of Maternal & Child Health at Baltimore City Health Department, Rebecca Dineen, gives a brief overview of disparities in infant mortality in Baltimore, the B'more for Healthy Babies Program's impact so far, and their vision for the next ten years of supporting the health of children and families in the community.


Virtual Session 1: Enhancing Local Partnerships: Community Engagement and Impact
October 7, 2020
5 - 6:30 p.m. ET

Community partnerships have been key to the success of the B’More for Healthy Babies (BHB) initiative. Engaging community members to identify specific needs and develop outreach strategies has enhanced the initiative’s ability to reach those who would most benefit from the services delivered to expectant mothers, new parents, and infants.

Pamela Bohrer Brown
Director, Maternal and Child Health and Multicultural Programs
Baltimore Medical System
Quante Boulware
Baltimore, MD
Lucia Islas Mendoza
Comité Latino de Baltimore
Stacey Stephens, LCSW-C
Director, B'more for Healthy Babies Upton/Druid Heights 
University of Maryland School of Social Work
Tisha Edwards, MSW, JD
Executive Director, Mayor’s Office of Children & Family Success
City of Baltimore


Virtual Session 2: A Decade of Progress: Examining B’More for Healthy Babies Program Outcomes
October 14, 2020
5 - 6:30 p.m. ET

This session will introduce the B’More for Healthy Babies (BHB) initiative and highlight the citywide programs and services that it offers. To illustrate the impact BHB has had over the past decade, speakers will present research and evaluation findings related to birth outcomes in Baltimore.

Amy Bopp, MSW
Project Director,  Professional Development
Family League of Baltimore
Traci Kodeck, MPH 
HealthCare Access Maryland 
Wendy Gwirtzman Lane, MD, MPH
Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Department of Pediatrics
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Amber C. Summers, PhD, RDN, CHES
Senior Program Officer
Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs
Cathy L. Costa, MSW, MPH
Director of Strategic Initiatives, Maternal and Child Health
Baltimore City Health Department

Virtual Session 3: Social Mobilization to Drive Change
October 21, 2020
5 - 6:30 p.m. ET

This session will recognize the importance of community involvement in improving birth outcomes and provide examples of ways that seeking out and addressing stakeholder input has led to change. Speakers will highlight examples of how the work of B’More for Healthy Babies has changed as a result of empowering the community voice.

Keyonna Green
Community Advisory Board
B'more for Healthy Babies
Giselle Joseph
Community Outreach Worker, Promise Heights
B’More for Healthy Babies Upton-Druid Heights
Tina Suliman, MSPH
Communications Associate
Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs
Amber C. Summers, PhD, RDN, CHES
Senior Program Officer
Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

Virtual Session 4: The Path Forward: Sustainability for Future Impact
October 28, 2020
5 - 6:30 p.m. ET

Following earlier sessions that introduced the objectives of the B’More for Healthy Babies (BHB) initiative and its outcomes, this final panel will celebrate the progress achieved from the first 10 years and identify challenges and opportunities that exist to move the program into the next decade. Panelists will discuss ways that BHB, its funders, and partners could approach the future with community needs and perspectives front and center. In our current climate, who ensures that large systems center the community?

M. Celeste Amato
Maryland Philanthropy Network
Alison G. Brown, MPH, BSN
Interim President, UMMC Downtown Campus
President, UMMC Midtown Campus
Shelly Choo, MD, MPH
Director, Maternal and Child Health Bureau
Maryland Department of Health
Demaune Millard
Family League of Baltimore
Terry Staudenmaier
Senior Program Officer for Health & Human Services
Abell Foundation
Christopher Thomaskutty
Senior Vice President, Physician Enterprise
Mercy Health Services
Maria Harris Tildon, JD 
Executive Vice President for Marketing, Government Affairs
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

This series is made possible through funding from The Patrick and Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation.

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