Mom and Baby Action Network Leadership

The National Advisory Committee and March of Dimes support staff of the Mom and Baby Action Network lead the development and implementation of targeted strategies and measurable outcomes that propel us toward our goal of birth equity.

National Advisory Committee

Our National Advisory Committee is comprised of experts and thought leaders from various sectors.

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Co-Chair: Susan Kendig, JD, WHNP-BC, FAANP

Women’s Health Integration Specialist, SSM Health Maternal Services, St. Louis, MO, and Director of Policy for the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH).

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Co-Chair: Jonathan Webb, MBA, MPH

Chief Executive Office, Association of Women’s Health and Obstetric and Neonatal Nursing (AWHONN)

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Viviana Alvarado-Pacheco

The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade

Dr. Craig Andrade

Craig Andrade, RN, MPH, DrPH

Associate Dean of Practice, Director of The Activist Lab, Associate Professor of Community Health Sciences, Acting Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice and Interim Chair of the Department of Community Health Sciences at Boston University’s School of Public Health (SPH)

Monica Beltran

Monica Beltran, MPH, CPH

Program Officer, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Hannah Bergbower, MSN, MPH, CNM, WHNP-BC

Hannah Bergbower, MSN, MPH, CNM, WHNP-BC

Emory Healthcare in Atlanta, Georgia

Scott Berns

Scott D. Berns, MD, MPH, FAAP

President and CEO, NICHQ

Cheryl Clark, DrPH, RHIA

Cheryl Clark, DrPH, RHIA

Associate Director of Equity, Epidemiology, and Evaluation at the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP)

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Jesse Davis, MD, MBA

Chief Medical Officer and Chief Strategy Officer, St. Louis Integrated Health Network

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Ada Dieke, DrPH, MPH

Health Equity Lead, Division of Reproductive Health (DRH)  National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

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Genesis Granados

Air Alliance Houston

Fleda Mask Jackson, PhD

Fleda Mask Jackson, PhD

President and CEO, MAJAICA, LLC, a national research firm and think tank

Dr. Arthur R. James

Arthur R. James, MD, FACOG

Retired Obstetrician, Gynecologist, and Pediatrician, currently consulting for a number of large-scale maternal and child health initiatives. 

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Elizabeth Lanter, LCSW

Independent Consultant and Clinician

 Vanessa Lee, MPH

Vanessa Lee, MPH

Infant Mortality CoIIN Coordinator, Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

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Tana-kae Lewis, RN, MSN

Alabama Department of Public Health

Tam Lutz, MPH, MHA, CPST

Tam Lutz, MPH, MHA, CPST

Lummi Tribal member with ancestral ties to the Quinault, Nooksack, Skagit, Chinook, Cowlitz, Snoqualmie, Suquamish and Duwamish Tribes; Research Project Director, Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB)

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Shannon Maloney, PhD

Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health

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Andrea Palmer, MPA, MBA

Program Manager, JB and MK Pritzker Family Foundation’s Children’s Initiative

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David Radcliffe

State and Local Policy Director, The New School Institute on Race, Power, and the Political Economy

Diana Ramos, MD, MPH, FACOG

Diana Ramos, MD, MPH, FACOG

National Board of Directors, Surgeon General of California, National Hispanic Medical Association

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Stacy Scott, PhD, MPA, VP

Health Equity Innovation, NICHQ

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Deepjot Singh, MD, MMM, FACOG

Obstetrician and Gynecologist

Megan V. Smith

Megan Smith, DrPH

Senior Director of Community Health Transformation, Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA)

Michael Warren

Michael Warren, MD, MPH, FAAP

Associate Administrator
Maternal and Child Health Bureau
Health Resources and Services Administration
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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Kaprice Welsh, CNM, MSN, MPH

Clinical Liaison, Georgia Obstetrical and Gynecological Society

Skye Wheeler

Skye Wheeler

Senior Researcher, Women’s Rights Division, Human Rights Watch


March of Dimes staff manage the day-to-day operations of the Mom and Baby Action Network.

Jordana Frost, DrPH, MPH, CPH, CD(DONA) serves as Director of Strategic Partnerships at March of Dimes and is the staff lead for the Mom and Baby Action Network.

Brittney Palmer, MPH serves as Program Manager for the Mom and Baby Action Network.

Kasey Rivas, MPH serves at Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Mom and Baby Action Network.

Kirsten Zook serves as Program Coordinator for the Mom and Baby Action Network.

Simone Snead, MPH, CLC serves as Program Manager for the Mom and Baby Action Network.

Former NAC Members

We are grateful to the following partners who have previously served as key advisors on the M-BAN National Advisory Council:

Wanda Barfield, MD, FACOG, MPH, FAAP

Zsakeba Henderson, MD, FACOG

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Every family can have the best possible start. But today, too many moms and babies are dying or experiencing serious health complications related to childbirth--and far too many are moms and babies of color. Only by working together can we confront inequities and ensure the health and wellbeing of every family.


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