Bridging the Gap: Improving Maternal and Rural Health Symposium

Ankeny, IA US
October 30, 2023

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There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. 

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For general conference questions, contact Mandee Bose.
 

Description

The Symposium aims to bring together healthcare professionals, policymakers, researchers, and community leaders to discuss and address the unique challenges mothers and individuals face in rural areas. This conference will delve into the various aspects of maternal and rural health, providing a platform for sharing knowledge, experiences, and best practices. By fostering collaboration and dialogue, the symposium aims to develop innovative strategies and solutions to improve the overall well-being of mothers and rural communities.

Following the symposium, Healthy Birth Day, Inc. and a group of Stakeholders will continue building on the conversation and share an action plan developed from the Symposium. In early 2024 we will host a virtual webinar to continue the conversation on maternal and infant health inequities and solutions. 

This Symposium will focus on current data and trends happening in Iowa and the US in the maternal health areas and shared solutions. 

Target Audience

This conference is for anyone interested in maternal health. This includes rural healthcare clinics, federally qualified health centers, primary care staff, family medicine, OB/GYNs, midwives, doulas, nurses, physician assistants, medical residents and students, WIC consultants, home visitors, managed care organizations, health systems, journalists and Iowa lawmakers.

Agenda

All times listed are in Central Time. The agenda is subject to change.

TimeSession
7:30 amRegistration
8:00 am

Welcome 

Kelly Garcia
Director of Iowa Health and Human Services

8:15 am

The Landscape of Iowa Birthing Centers 

Stephen Hunter, MD, PhD
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics  

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review the current state of maternity services in Iowa Hospitals.
  2. Discuss the impact of maternity service closures.
  3. Review continuing challenges to maternity care in Iowa.
8:45 am

Setting the Stage: Research on Birthing Center Closures and Next Steps

Heather Rouse, PhD
Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies and Director of 12D2 - Iowa’s Integrated Data System for Decision-Making  

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review the unique challenges rural communities face in Iowa due to birthing center closures, such as increased travel distances, limited prenatal and postnatal care options, and potential adverse health outcomes for mothers and babies. 
  2. Analyze available data and research on the long-term effects of birthing center closures in rural Iowa, including maternal and infant mortality rates, birth outcomes, and healthcare disparities, to emphasize the urgency of addressing this issue and advocating for sustainable solutions. 
  3. Summarize the next steps regarding data and evaluation of this project - including additional data on birth outcomes in rural Iowa during Covid. 
9:30 am

Bridging the Gap: Innovative Clinical Approaches

Jill Henkle, RNC-OB (Moderator)
Iowa Statewide Obstetrics Mobile Simulation Team

Lastascia Coleman, CNM, ARNP, MSN, FACNM
Certified Nurse-Midwife, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics  

Joel Wells, DO
Departmental Chief of Service for Cardiac Rehab, Health Information Management, Obstetrics, Pediatrics, and QA/QI Infection Control, Wayne County Hospital & Clinic System

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the role of midwifery care in rural communities.
  2. Review the UIHC Nurse-Midwifery Education program and what impacts we plan to have on the state.
  3. Examine pregnant women's challenges in rural communities and illustrate how a residency program can address these issues. 
  4. Assess and determine answers to questions regarding solutions to maternity and neonatal care - if not us, then who, and if not now, then when? 
10:30 amBreak
10:45 am

Access to Maternity Care and Evidence-Based Supports for Maternal and Infant Health in Rural Areas: The Role of Geography and Equity

Julia Interrante, PhD, MPH
Research Fellow and Statistical Lead, University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the status and consequences of declining access to hospital-based obstetric care across rural communities in the United States.
  2. Examine the availability of evidence-based support for maternal health care in rural communities with and without hospital-based obstetric care.
  3. Delineate racial and ethnic differences in rural access to maternity care and evidence-based support for maternal health.
11:45 am

Lunch

12:30 pm

Maternal Morbidity and Mortality in Iowa: Root Causes and Key Opportunities

Robert Kruse, MD, MPH, FAAFP (Moderator)
Iowa State Medical Director

Elizabeth Matney (Moderator)
State Medicaid Director, Iowa Department of Human Services

Panel Participants: 

  • Domestic Violence: Monica Goedken, Violence Prevention Coordinator
  • Family Planning: Lindsey Jones, MHA, Title X Family Planning Director
  • Breastfeeding and Nutrition: Nicole Newman, RD, LD, CLC, State WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator
  • Maternal Mental Health: Steph Trusty, RN, BSN, Maternal Mortality Review Committee Coordinator 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the leading causes of maternal morbidity and mortality in Iowa.
  2. Describe the Iowa Maternal Mortality Review Committee's process to review cases and provide recommendations.
  3. Describe the socio-ecological model and how it can be applied to Iowa's maternal morbidity and mortality efforts.
  4. Describe upstream policy and programmatic interventions impacting maternal morbidity and mortality in Iowa.
1:30 pm

An Intersectional Look at Prevalence, Causes, and Policy Solutions for Maternal Morbidity and Mortality in Rural Communities

Julia Interrante, PhD, MPH
Research Fellow and Statistical Lead, University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe differences in maternal morbidity and mortality across intersections of rurality, race and ethnicity, and income.
  2. Examine causes of maternal morbidity and mortality, including intimate partner violence and care content across the perinatal period, and how those differ across intersecting patient identities. 
  3. Describe policy options for addressing overall prevalence and disparities in maternal morbidity and mortality in rural communities, including postpartum Medicaid extension, data collection and reporting, and universal screening.
2:30 pm

Break

2:45 pm

Community-Based Solutions: Panel Discussion

  • Nine2Thrive: Hannah Rivas and Stephanie Cassady 
  • Count the Kicks: Christine Tucker, Health Equity Coordinator
  • Doulas: Jazzmine Brooks, Iowa Health and Human Services Doula Project + Rural Black Doula
  • Home Visitation: PJ West, MIECHV Deputy Director/Early Interventions and Supports Division of Family Well-Being and Protection, Iowa Department of Health and Human Services

Learning Objectives

  1. Explore community-based organizations that are addressing maternal health challenges in rural areas. 
  2. Share evidence-based research and real-world experiences that demonstrate the effectiveness of CBOs in improving maternal health outcomes in rural areas.
  3. Identify barriers and opportunities for scaling up successful community-based interventions and programs to further enhance maternal health outcomes in rural areas. 
4:00 pm

Closing the Gap: Policy and System Changes for Maternal Rural Health

Stephen Hunter, MD, PhD
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics  

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review potential solutions to the maternity care crisis in Iowa.
  2. Demonstrate the potential benefits and positive outcomes of these initiatives discussed throughout the day.
  3. Foster dialogues and generate actionable recommendations for policymakers, funders, and healthcare stakeholders to support and invest in evidence-based solutions for maternal health in rural Iowa. 
4:30 pm

Adjourn

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 7.00 AAPA
  • 7.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 7.00 AOA Category 2­A
  • 7.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 7.00 IBON
Course opens: 
10/30/2023
Course expires: 
10/30/2023
Event starts: 
10/30/2023 - 8:00am CDT
Event ends: 
10/30/2023 - 4:30pm CDT
Cost:
$0.00
Rating: 
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FFA Enrichment Center
1055 SW Prairie Trail Pkwy
Ankeny, IA 50023
United States
+1 (515) 965-7372

Designed to promote leadership development, personal growth and career success for both high school and college-age Iowa youth, the FFA Enrichment Center has unique tools and resources to enhance the educational experience. Some examples include computer and science laboratories, future fiber optic connectivity for long-distance learning, recreational/exhibit space and breakout rooms for groups of all sizes. In addition, the 60,000 square foot center offers state-of-the-art conference center facilities that can seat more than 500 participants.

Travel

The FFA Enrichment Center is a beautiful and convenient meeting and conference center adjoining the Des Moines Area Community College campus in Ankeny, Iowa.

Driving Directions

From Interstate 35 (I-35)

  • Take I-35 either North or South to Ankeny.
  • Take the Oralabor Road exit (same as airport) & Go West
  • If you are coming from the north, this is a right turn
  • If you are coming from the south, this is a left turn.
  • After driving about 2 miles, you will run into South Ankeny Blvd.
  • Turn right onto South Ankeny Blvd.
  • Turn left on DMACC Blvd.
  • Turn right on SW Campus Court

From Interstate 80 (I-80) in Des Moines

  • Take the 2nd Avenue exit north (Highway 415).
  • Drive to Oralabor Road in Ankeny.
  • Turn right on Oralabor Road.
  • Turn left at the first stoplight—DMACC Blvd.
  • Turn left on SW Campus Court

ACCREDITATION STATEMENTS

  • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) through the joint providership of Des Moines University (DMU) and Healthy Birth Day, Inc. DMU designates this live activity for 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this activity for a maximum of 7.0 AOA Category 2-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • AAFP: The AAFP has reviewed Bridging the Gap: Improving Maternal and Rural Health Symposium and deemed it acceptable for up to 7.0 Live AAFP Elective credits. Term of Approval is from 10/30/2023 to 10/30/2023. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 7.0 continuing education contact hour(s). Nurses must attend the entire session to receive credit. Partial session credit is prohibited and will be forfeited.
  • Other healthcare providers: This live activity is designated for 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

EDUCATIONAL GRANTS

No ineligible company provided financial support for this continuing education activity.

Disclosure

The speaker(s) will disclose if any pharmaceuticals, medical procedures, and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. 

Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individual(s) have no conflict(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

  • Megan Aucutt, BA - Activity Director and Planning Committee Member
  • Mandee Bose, BA - Activity Coordinator and Planning Committee Member
  • Jazzmine Brooks - Speaker
  • Stephanie Cassady - Speaker
  • Lastascia Coleman, CNM, ARNP, MSN, FACNM  - Speaker
  • Monica Goedken - Speaker
  • Jill Henkle, RNC-OB - Moderator
  • Janet Horras - Planning Committee Member
  • Stephen Hunter, MD, PhD - Speaker
  • Julia Interrante, PhD, MPH  - Speaker
  • Lindsey Jones, MHA - Speaker
  • Robert Kruse, MD, MPH, FAAFP - Moderator
  • Elizabeth Matney - Speaker
  • Nicole Newman, RD, LD, CLC - Speaker
  • Emily Price, BS - Activity Director and Planning Committee Member
  • Hannah Rivas - Speaker
  • Heather Rouse, PhD - Speaker
  • Steph Trusty, RN, BSN - Speaker
  • Christine Tucker - Speaker
  • Julie Ann Van Liew, MCH - Planning Committee Member and Moderator
  • Joel Wells, DO  - Speaker
  • PJ West - Speaker

Disclaimer

The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only. It is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

Available Credit

  • 7.00 AAPA
  • 7.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 7.00 AOA Category 2­A
  • 7.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 7.00 IBON

Price

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