Bridging the Gap: Improving Maternal and Rural Health Symposium
For general conference questions, contact Mandee Bose.
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.
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.
All times listed are in Central Time. The agenda is subject to change.
The Landscape of Iowa Birthing Centers
Stephen Hunter, MD, PhD
Setting the Stage: Research on Birthing Center Closures and Next Steps
Heather Rouse, PhD
Bridging the Gap: Innovative Clinical Approaches
Jill Henkle, RNC-OB (Moderator)
Lastascia Coleman, CNM, ARNP, MSN, FACNM
Joel Wells, DO
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
Maternal Morbidity and Mortality in Iowa: Root Causes and Key Opportunities
Robert Kruse, MD, MPH, FAAFP (Moderator)
Elizabeth Matney (Moderator)
An Intersectional Look at Prevalence, Causes, and Policy Solutions for Maternal Morbidity and Mortality in Rural Communities
Julia Interrante, PhD, MPH
Community-Based Solutions: Panel Discussion
Closing the Gap: Policy and System Changes for Maternal Rural Health
Stephen Hunter, MD, PhD
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.
The FFA Enrichment Center is a beautiful and convenient meeting and conference center adjoining the Des Moines Area Community College campus in Ankeny, Iowa.
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
- 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)™.
No ineligible company provided financial support for this continuing education activity.
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
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.
- 7.00 AAPA
- 7.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
- 7.00 AOA Category 2A
- 7.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
- 7.00 IBON