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Kevin A. Ault, is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Division Director of General Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Ault returned to KUMC in April 2014. Prior to this position, Dr. Ault was at the Emory University School of Medicine. Kevin graduated from Butler University and the Indiana University School of Medicine. He was a resident at Ohio State University in Columbus.

Dr. Ault’s clinical and research interests involve infectious diseases and women’s health. He has participated in clinical and translation research involving gonorrhea, chlamydia and the vaginal microbiome. Dr. Ault has been involved in vaccine trials for the preventation of herpes simplex virus, respiratory syncytial virus, human papillomavirus and influenza. He has acted as a consultant to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Ault is the current liaison member of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices from ACOG. Dr. Ault is also a Fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America.

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Obie Austin is an Adult Nurse Practitioner with 14 years of experience in General Health Care and one year of specialty work in men’s reproductive healthcare.

He has worked as a consultant with UMKC and the University of Kansas for the past 9 years training standardized patients in the areas of Male and Female GU and Breast exams.

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David L. Bell, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics (College of Physicians & Surgeons) and in the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health (Mailman School of Public Health) at Columbia University Medical Center. He is the Medical Director of the Family Planning Program that includes the Young Men’s Clinic, a unique adjunct to New York Presbyterian Hospital’s Family Planning Clinic. Since 1999, he has been Medical Director of the Young Men’s Clinic. In that capacity, he delivers primary care to adolescent and young adult males and is a strong advocate for the right of young men to have access to high quality and respectful services that address the issues relevant to adolescent and young men, which includes attention to their sexual and reproductive health.

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Corrine Blum is the Medical Director for Howard Brown Health’s Sheridan Road clinic, where she oversees and provides HIV prevention and care services within a gender-affirming FQHC system in urban Chicago. Corrine has worked in the field of HIV since the 1990’s, and has particular interest in HIV prevention and care for women, family-building for people living with HIV, and ending the HIV epidemic. She previously served as the STI/HIV Medical Director for the Chicago Department of Public Health, is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and serves as faculty for the Illinois Midwest AIDS Education and Training Center (MATEC) in Chicago. Corrine is passionate about the intersections between HIV and preproductive health and addressing health disparities and injustice.

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Dr. Bolan is Director of the Division of STD Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A graduate of Dartmouth Medical School, she completed her training in internal medicine at the University of Virginia, in infectious diseases at Tufts New England and Stanford Medical Centers, and in medical epidemiology as a CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer in the Respiratory and Special Pathogens Branch.

Bolan is a leader in the field of STD Prevention and is recognized for her contributions in applied STD prevention research and implementation of science-based STD programs. She has served on the CDC HIV/STD Prevention Advisory Committee and the Office of Infectious Diseases Board of Scientific Counselors, the Executive Committee of the American STD Association, the Board of Directors for the National Coalition of STD Directors and the American Social Health Association.

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Dr. Borrero is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Pittsburgh. She is also a core faculty member at the University’s Center for Research on Health Care and the VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP).

Dr. Borrero’s research focuses on the relationship between race/ethnicity and reproductive health care. She is particularly interested in identifying targets for interventions that will improve contraceptive use and decrease unintended pregnancy among vulnerable populations.

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Patty Cason is a family nurse practitioner with a specialty in gynecology. She has practiced for 30+ years in a wide variety of clinical settings and is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor and lecturer at UCLA School of Nursing. Patty is a contracted with numerous governmental and training agencies.

She recently completed writing a chapter of Sexuality for the 3rd edition of the textbook Women’s Gynecologic Health. She has been published in the Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease, has written a LARC Toolkit, has written a manual for incorporating sexual and reproductive health services into primary care and is completing a comprehensive ten part on-line series on intrauterine contraception. Patty is actively promoting innovative patient centered counseling techniques through train the trainer programs and research. Patty was named Family Planning Champion 2015 by the California Family Health Council.

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Kimberly Seu Gin Chang is a Family Physician at Asian Health Services in Oakland, California. She spent 2014-2015 as a Commonwealth Fund Mongan Fellow in Minority Health Policy at Harvard Medical School, where she completed a policy practicum addressing the role of Federally Qualified Health Centers in caring for victims of human trafficking, with the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations.

Prior to her fellowship, Dr. Chang was Site Director at the Frank Klang Medical Center, Asian Health Services, directing the start-up of this family practice clinic, from assisting with design, developing programming, growing it to full capacity in less than two years, and expanding patients’ language access to ten Asian languages. In addition, she provided care for many commercially exploited children (CSEC) and is a Co-founder and Steering Committee Member of HEAL Trafficking. She has trained thousands of front-line multidisciplinary professionals on the healthcare intersect with human trafficking across the United States, and internationally to the Compact of Free Association nations in the Western Pacific.

She served on a Technical Working Group for the Administration for Children and Families, to develop a pilot training training for health care professionals on human trafficking. She currently serves as 2nd Vice Chair of the National Association of Community Health Center’s Committee on Service Integration on Behavioral Health and HIV. Her presentations and publications have focused on cultural competency, human trafficking issues, underserved populations, and global health issues, and in December 2015, provided invited expert testimony for a Congressional Briefing for the US Helsinki Commission on “Best Practices in Rescuing Trafficking Victims”. In 2011, she was nationally recognized with a Physician Advocacy Merit Award from the Institute on Medicine as a Profession.

Dr. Chang received her MD from the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine, completed her family medicine residency at San Francisco General Hospital, the University of California, San Francisco, and received her MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she was awarded the Dr. Feng-Ching Sun Memorial Award for demonstrated commitment to promoting the health of vulnerable people.

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Dr. Aimee Chism Holland is an assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing. She is certified as a women’s health nurse practitioner and a family nurse practitioner. Her practice initiatives focus on providing women’s health and primary care services to students at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Student Health & Wellness Clinic. Dr. Holland’s expertise in women’s health is utilized performing gynecology procedures, reproductive life planning counseling, and primary health services in the college health setting. Her faculty practice is the primary platform for her scholarly work. Her scholarship and research interests focus on gynecological cancer prevention, menstrual disorders, and office gynecology procedures. She serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH) and was recently elected to the Chair-elect position.

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Dr. Aimee Chism Holland is an assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing. She is certified as a women’s health nurse practitioner and a family nurse practitioner. Her practice initiatives focus on providing women’s health and primary care services to students at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Student Health & Wellness Clinic. Dr. Holland’s expertise in women’s health is utilized performing gynecology procedures, reproductive life planning counseling, and primary health services in the college health setting. Her faculty practice is the primary platform for her scholarly work. Her scholarship and research interests focus on gynecological cancer prevention, menstrual disorders, and office gynecology procedures. She serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH) and was recently elected to the Chair-elect position.

Blanca R. Cuevas Rodríguez received her Master in Public Health Education from the University of Puerto Rico. Ms. Cuevas Rodríguez is the Executive Director of “Asociación Puertorriqueña Por Bienestar de las Familias PROFAMILIAS” (Puerto Rican association for the wellbeing of families). She began at PROFAMILIAS in 1994 as the coordinator for an HIV prevention program for women. Prior to this role, she was the director of CIPF, a center for family planning information, and director of a sex education unit where she responsible for growing the unit’s programming and youth outreach efforts. In 2012, the board of directors of PROFAMILIAS hired Ms. Cuevas Rodríguez as their new Executive Director. Blanca Cuevas’ experiences with sexual and reproductive health has gained her recognition from colleagues at the local and International level.
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Dr. Curtis is an epidemiologist with the Division of Reproductive Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She began her career at CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer in 1996, after receiving a PhD in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina. Her work focuses on contraceptive safety and effectiveness, the development of evidence-based contraceptive guidance, and the prevention of unintended pregnancy.

Dr. Curtis has provided technical assistance to the World Health Organization for over 20 years and leads the team that is responsible for providing the evidence base for WHO’s global family planning guidance. Dr. Curtis also leads the CDC effort to adapt the WHO guidance for use in the United States, including the U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 2010, and the U.S. Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use, 2013.

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Dr. Dehlendorf is a family physician with advanced training in family planning and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Research. She is the director of the Program in Woman-Centered Contraception, which develops, evaluates, and disseminates interventions to meet women’s reproductive needs and preferences, and conducts formative research to better understand women’s contraceptive experiences, social communication about contraception, and disparities in contraceptive use and counseling. The program’s recent studies include a large-scale randomized control trial to test the efficacy of a tablet-based contraceptive decision support tool, as well as studies examining the effect of women’s social exposure to intrauterine device (IUD) users on their behavior, knowledge, and attitudes related to IUD use. Dr. Dehlendorf has conducted studies examining the relationship of patient race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status with variation in health care providers’ recommendations for contraceptive methods and with the quality of contraceptive counseling. Dr. Dehlendorf is also analyzing a cohort study investigating contraceptive counseling, which involved audio recording over 300 contraceptive counseling visits and following women for six months after their visit to assess contraceptive continuation.

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As Program Manager at Cardea, Erin Edelbrock has provided training and capacity building services for family planning and reproductive health agencies for over six years. Within the Family Planning National Training Center for Service Delivery, she has developed training and resources to support family planning providers in offering quality, client-centered services, in alignment with Providing Quality Family Planning Services: Recommendations of CDC and the U.S. Office of Population Affairs. Most recently, Erin contributed to Providing Quality Contraceptive Counseling & Education: A Toolkit for Training Staff. Erin oversees the development of online courses, podcasts, and training videos for various projects, including the podcast “Introducing Reproductive Health Services to Male Clients,” and the training videos for “Inserting Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) Immediately After Childbirth” and “Quality Contraceptive Counseling and Education: A Client-Centered Conversation” (anticipated 2016).
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Dr. Feldman is a family physician caring for the vulnerable incarcerated population at Cook County jail, with special interests in adolescent and young adult medicine, women’s health, and reducing health disparities. After 20 years as residency faculty, Dr. Feldman retains a strong interest in graduate medical education. Her research interest at the moment centers on contraceptive knowledge, attitudes and practices of newly incarcerated urban women. She serves as faculty advisor to the FSM Correction Medicine Interest Group.
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Ann Finn is the owner of AF Consulting, LLC, providing revenue cycle consulting to health care organizations and. Ann has an in-depth understanding of the challenges providers face when billing and being appropriately reimbursed for their services. Her work focuses on improving charge capture, documentation and coding reviews, compliant billing and claim correction, understanding payer reimbursement, cost and contract modeling, development of facility reporting tools and client education. Her company primarily focuses on reproductive health including: family planning, STD, HIV and adolescent health services. Ann works collaboratively with the NCTC and many supporting organizations, Local Health Departments, Planned Parenthoods, and Providers across the country.

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Dr. Frayne is assistant residency director at the Mountain Area Health Education Center’s (MAHEC) Family Medicine Residency in Asheville, NC and assistant professor at UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine. He also serves as the medical director of MAHEC’s division of regional education. Before beginning his career in teaching, he was in rural private practice in western NC performing full spectrum care, including obstetrics, and became interested in improving women’s health through increased access to quality care. Serving as co-chair of the clinical workgroup of the National Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative and a leadership council member of the IMPLICIT Network to improve birth outcomes has provided an opportunity for innovation and improvement in caring from women’s preconception and interconception health in an “every woman, every time” approach.
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Michelle Gerka has worked extensively with vulnerable women throughout her career and has provided leadership and training expertise to numerous Reproductive Health Projects over the last fifteen years. Ms. Gerka has been involved with the Region II and Region IV Family Planning Regional Training Centers, the CDC Teen Pregnancy Project, the Center of Excellence for Sexual and Reproductive Health for New York State and specialized training and technical assistance regarding LARC contraceptives. She has developed numerous curricula, training guides and other resources to be used for Capacity Building of Reproductive Health Centers and other health care facilities. Ms. Gerka has worked extensively with the CAI team to develop a training approach utilizing Motivational Interviewing to increase contraceptive acceptance by clients and has provided a Train the Trainer with this model for CDC Teen Pregnancy Prevention Grantees. She has been actively involved in utilizing the IHI model of Learning Collaboratives for both Family Planning and WIC agencies. Ms. Gerka has expertise in Leadership, Team Building and is a strong trainer and facilitator throughout the country.
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Michaela Gonzalez serves as a Patient Stakeholder Representative for “Patient-Centered Support for Contraceptive Decision Making”(My Birth Control), a project of the Program in Woman-Centered Contraception at UCSF. She has been involved with the development of the tool since 2012 as a Client Advisory Council member at the Women’s Community Clinic (WCC). Michaela is a San Francisco native and has strong ties to her community. She went to free clinics as a teen and learned how to navigate the Medi-cal system as an adult. Since 2009, she immersed herself in communities that serve the uninsured and underserved. Her experience as a volunteer and a patient at the WCC revealed the importance of strong support systems for patients and active patient participation in healthcare. Michaela is committed to meeting the needs of diverse communities through her work as a Patient Care Technician at the UCSF Emergency Department and as a Doula at San Francisco General Hospital. She received a BA in Sociology from UC Davis, completed a post-baccalaureate program at San Francisco State University and is pursuing a career in medicine.

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Dr. Gotham is an Associate Research Professor within the Collaborative for Excellence in Behavioral Health Research and Practice at UMKC’s School of Nursing and Health Studies. She is evaluator and/or implementation specialist on several grants and contracts, including the Mid-America ATTC. Dr. Gotham’s research focuses on implementation of evidence-based substance abuse and mental health treatments for adolescents and adults, Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), and treatment fidelity for co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. She also studies interprofessional education and other nursing education initiatives. Dr. Gotham provides technical assistance to states and individual treatment providers to implement evidence-based practices and assessments, and is a licensed clinical psychologist.

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Dr. Hastings is a family practice physician with a passion for creating needed services. She started the Transgender Health Care Program at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte Santa Cruz in 2003 and has been actively involved in supporting Transgender Health Care Services around the country. She works closely with the Santa Cruz Transgender Therapist Team, and is involved in the integration of Behavioral Health and Primary Care for Safety Net Clinics and with Mindfulness and Medicine. She is a member of the Medical Advisory Board of the UCSF Center of Excellence for Transgender Health, on the Steering Committee for the UCSF Child and Adolescent Gender Center, and intimately involved with Medical Conference Programming for Gender Spectrum. Dr. Hastings works to increase medical access and understanding about the gender journey.
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Since 2010, Anke Hemmerling, MD, PhD, MPH has been a Senior Scientific Advisor for the Coalition Advancing Multipurpose Innovations for Reproductive Health (CAMI Health) and a Steering Committee Member of the Initiative for Multipurpose Prevention Technologies (IMPT), an organization uniting drug development and basic scientist, funders, drug developers, social scientists, policy makers and advocates.

She co-authored a number of papers on this topic, addressing the need for strategies for drug development that include target product profiles, socio-behavioral and commercialization, coordination of main funders and supporters.

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Caroline M. Hewitt is currently an Assistant Professor at the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing in New York City where she coordinates the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. In addition to her administrative and teaching responsibilities, Dr. Hewitt is developing her program of research on health service delivery of sexual and reproductive health and maintaining a clinical practice providing comprehensive primary and reproductive health care.

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Dr. Holloway is a 2009 graduate of The Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) in Havana, Cuba, where she received a full scholarship in return for a commitment to return to work for a community in need. In ELAM, Lillian served as Delegation Representative for the US students, as well as founder of the Havana chapter of Student Physicians for Social Responsibility. Upon her return to the US, she specialized in Family Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she served as Chief Resident, as well as founding member of the Health Disparities Scholars Program and the Global Community Health Program in the Dominican Republic. Currently Lillian is the Director of Prenatal Care and Family Planning at the Cook County Jail, the largest single-site jail in the country. Her interests include care of vulnerable populations, correctional and addiction medicine, as well reproductive health for marginalized communities.
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Kristin Keglovitz Baker, PA-C, AAHIVS completed training at Marquette University and has clinical interests in the areas of HIV prevention and care, transgender health, and sexual and reproductive justice. She got her fellowship in community health center leadership and development from Kansas University and became the Chief Operating Officer of Howard Brown Health in 2014. She works in a collaborative model with patients to help people achieve their goals for health.

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Susan Kendig, JD, MSN, WHNP-BC, FAANP is an attorney and women’s health nurse practitioner with over thirty years of experience in health care. She is a Teaching Professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where she coordinates the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program. As President of Health Policy Advantage, Susan provides policy analysis, consultation and strategic development support for healthcare providers and community organizations responding to a rapidly changing health care environment. Her primary areas of focus include patient safety, primary care, and clinical integration, including Patient Safety Organization (PSO), ACO and Medical Home initiatives. She was a gubernatorial appointee to the Missouri Commission on Patient Safety and currently serves on the Center for Patient Safety Board of Directors. Susan is Policy Director for the National Association for Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH). She serves on ACOG’s Council for Patient Safety in Women’s Health, where she is co-leading development of the maternal mental health and post-partum care bundles. She was a member of ACOG’s Task Force on Collaborative Practice and a contributing author to the final task force publications. Her clinical experience includes practice in a clinically integrated women’s health/behavioral health practice, specialty clinic for women with physical disabilities, and a perinatal substance abuse program.

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Martha Lofgreen, MSN, WHNP-BC is a Clinical Assistant Professor for the Woman’s Health Nurse Practitioner program. She also maintains a clinical practice at the Jackson County Health Department and Truman Medical Center Hospital Hill. Martha obtained her BSN from the University of Kansas, and her MSN from UMKC.

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Nancy is a Public Health Advisor in the Office of Population Affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She has been involved with a variety of projects that support the Title X program nationally, including the Family Planning Annual Report, the National Title X Training Centers and the Title X Family Planning Program Guidelines Revision.

CDR Mautone-Smith came to the Office of Population Affairs Central Office in 2011, and has also worked as a Title X Regional Program Consultant in Region IX. She received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University at Buffalo, and is a licensed clinical social worker.

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Kristin Metcalf-Wilson is an Associate Professor at the University of Missouri. She is also Lead Clinician at Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Missouri. Kristin was an author and contributor of The Status of Missouri Women’s Report. She has over 20 years of experience in women’s health care and health care policy and the state level.

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Anne Moore, DNP, WHNP/ANP-BC is the Women’s Health Clinical Trainer for the Division of Family Health and Wellness, at the Tennessee Department of Health. She developed the women’s health nurse practitioner program at Vanderbilt University in 1992 where she was faculty/professor of nursing for 22 years.
Dr. Moore received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Vanderbilt and her doctorate from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. A fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, she is an editor for Updates in Clinical Medicine, an associate editor for OBG Management, is on the editorial board of Women’s Health Care: A Practical Journal for Nurse Practitioners, and is an editorial reviewer for the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing.
Dr. Moore has authored numerous publications addressing women’s health care issues. She is an invited speaker nationally and internationally on topics related to the health of women. She holds dual certification in women’s and adult health and maintains an active practice in Nashville, TN.

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Susan Moskosky currently serves as the Acting Director for the Office of Population Affairs, which administers the Title X Family Planning Program and advises the Secretary and Assistant Secretary for Health on a range of reproductive health, adolescent pregnancy, and population issues. Ms. Moskosky is a certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, and earlier in her professional career, provided family planning, prenatal, and other preventive health services in clinics throughout the Dallas areas. In addition, she was also the director of one of the five Title X-funded nurse practitioner programs.

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Susan Moskosky currently serves as the Acting Director for the Office of Population Affairs, which administers the Title X Family Planning Program and advises the Secretary and Assistant Secretary for Health on a range of reproductive health, adolescent pregnancy, and population issues. Ms. Moskosky is a certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, and earlier in her professional career, provided family planning, prenatal, and other preventive health services in clinics throughout the Dallas areas. In addition, she was also the director of one of the five Title X-funded nurse practitioner programs.

Trisha Mueller-Peterson received her MPH from the University of South Florida in 2004 with a focus in Maternal and Child Health. In 2004, Ms. Mueller-Peterson was accepted into the Association of Schools of Public Health fellowship program in the Division of Reproductive Health at the CDC. For the last 12 years, Ms. Mueller-Peterson’s work has focused on teen pregnancy prevention, community-wide interventions, implementation of evidence based programs and youth-friendly reproductive health services. She is currently the lead for a cooperative agreement focused on increasing access to and the quality of youth-friendly services in publicly funded health centers.

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Michael Policar, MD, MPH, currently serves as a Clinical Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine. From 2005 through 2014, he was Medical Director of UCSF Program Support and Evaluation for the Family PACT Program, the family planning and STI program operated by the California State Office of Family Planning. Between 1999-2005, he was Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer of the NorthBay Healthcare System in Fairfield, California, and in the preceding five years, served as Medical Director of the Partnership HealthPlan of California, also based in Fairfield, California. He is former Vice President for Medical Affairs of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. a position that he held between 1992-1994. Between 1983 and 1992, he concurrently served as Medical Director of the Women’s Health Center at the San Francisco General Hospital and as Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of Alameda/San Francisco.

Dr. Policar is a widely known speaker with particular interest in health delivery systems and women’s health issues, including health screening, menopause, family planning, and female genital tract infections. Since 2015, he has been a Clinical Fellow for the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA), providing advice on clinical issues and reproductive health policy. He is a senior author of the textbook Contraceptive Technology (most recently, the Twentieth Revised Edition). He currently serves on expert advisory panels of the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Office of Population Affairs that are engaged in developing national clinical practice guidelines for contraceptive management. He is a member of the Quality/Utilization Advisory Committee of the Partnership HealthPlan of California and previously served on the HealthNet California Commercial and Medicare QI/UM Committee. He is an appointed member of the California Breast and Cervical Cancer Advisory Council. He also has received numerous awards for ObGyn resident teaching, including a CREOG National Faculty Award in 2011. Dr. Policar is active many professional societies, including the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals, the North American Menopause Society, and American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology.

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Dr. Read-Wahidi is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and medical anthropologist at the Social Science Research Center (SSRC), Mississippi State University. Read-Wahidi joined the SSRC in 2015 after receiving her PhD in Biocultural Medical Anthropology at The University of Alabama, where she is currently a member of the Focus 4 Teens Evaluation Team. She has more than 10 years’ experience working with rural populations, migrant populations, and agricultural workers on issues such as psychosocial stress, barriers to accessing healthcare, improving services at community healthcare facilities, and equality/empowerment through culturally-specific practices, and she utilizes both qualitative and quantitative methods in her research.

Melissa Reams accidentally found her passion for public health while sitting in an undergraduate biology course, where the class discussion turned to the politics of reproductive health. Realizing it was too late to change her academic path, she completed her B.S. in Environmental Studies at the University of North Carolina Asheville and spent a short stint as a park ranger and environmental educator. After landing a position as a sexuality educator, she completed her post-baccalaureate Certification in Sexuality Education from Centralia College and later went on to earn her Master of Public Health degree from Armstrong State University. Shortly after finishing her MPH in 2012, she began working for the United States Army Public Health Center, where she developed and managed multiple special projects and data collection efforts aimed at improving health for soldiers and family members of the Third Infantry Division. Currently, she is the Project Coordinator for the Georgia Association for Primary Health Care, one of three grantees for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Access and Quality Initiative (TAQ). Additionally, she is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Health Sciences at Armstrong State University, where she has served on the MPH advisory committee and tobacco-free campus implementation board, and is a member of the Beta Kappa chapter of Delta Omega.

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Cheryl L. Robbins, PhD, MS is an epidemiologist in the Division of Reproductive Health at CDC. She has worked at CDC for nearly ten years and has over 25 years of experience in public health. Previously, she was the director of the Florida Family
Planning Program and oversaw other statewide women’s health programs at the Florida Department of Health. Cheryl received a PhD in Sociology. two masters degrees (Sociology and Counseling). and an undergraduate degree in
Psychology from Florida State University. Her research focus is preconception health and preconception care and she chairs the surveillance work group for the National Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative.

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Lisa Romero, DrPH, MPH is a Health Scientist in the Division of Reproductive Health at CDC.
She coordinates implementation of the Division- and Agency-wide strategy for CDC’s
Winnable Battle of Teen Pregnancy Prevention. In this role, she provides technical, scientific,
and programmatic support to state and national grantees in implementing key components of
the “Teenage Pregnancy Prevention: Integrating, Programs, and Strategies through
Community-wide Initiatives” program, a joint effort of the Office of the Secretary of Health
(OASH) and CDC to prevent teen pregnancy and births in communities with the highest rates.
Dr. Romero has published on a wide range of topics including adolescent health,
youth-friendly reproductive health services, and implementation of evidence-based clinical
practices in adolescent reproductive health.

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J. Michelle Schramm, MSN, WHNP/ANP-BC is a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner who has extensive clinical experience in reproductive and sexual health. She is the Coordinator of Sexual Health and Wellness for Princeton University Health Services. In this role she cares for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as their dependents, for their sexual and reproductive health needs and concerns. Prior to Princeton she worked at Planned Parenthood of Illinois for six years where she held the position of Lead Clinician for ten Planned Parenthood health centers in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs for almost two years. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH), is a Nexplanon Clinical Trainer and speaker for Merck, and is a speaker for Bright Pink, a non-profit organization which strives to educate young women and the health care providers who care for them about breast and ovarian cancer risk stratification and management. In May 2015 she completed a graduate certificate from George Washington University in LGBT Health Policy and Practice. She has been accepted at the University of Alabama Birmingham and will begin working toward her Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) in May of this year focusing on addressing sexual and reproductive health disparities of sexual minority women and people who were assigned female at birth that identify as transgender, genderqueer or gender non-conforming.

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Dominika Seidman, MD is an obstetrician gynecologist. After residency, she was the interim medical director of the Bay Area Perinatal AIDS Center at San Francisco General Hospital and clinical lead for the National Perinatal HIV Hotline, providing consultation to clinicians around the country regarding questions related to HIV in and around pregnancy. She is currently a fellow in family planning at University of California San Francisco, and her research focuses on integrating comprehensive HIV prevention services into family planning care.

Dr. Simmons is a board certified obstetrician gynecologist with fellowship training in family planning. In her current position as a guest researcher at CDC, she has been involved with the development of the 2016 US Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use and the Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use. She has also served on the Zika emergency response on the Contraceptive Access Team, focused on increasing access to contraception in Puerto Rico and other parts of the US.
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Dawn K. Smith, MD, MPH, MS is the biomedical interventions activity lead in the Epidemiology Branch of the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention at CDC. She spent four years as the associate director for HIV research at the CDC field station in Botswana, where she established clinical trial infrastructure with integrated sociobehavioral research and initiated PrEP trials.

Christopher Spicer has worked for Planned Parenthood in Western and Central New York state for 18 years with various positions delivering comprehensives sexual health education, health services, and more recently leading healthcare transformation projects. His particular expertise engaging youth in family planning services lies in his experience coordinating the NYSDOH Comprehensive Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program (CAPP) under which he designed and implemented many offering and arranging activities that ranged from neighborhood level outreach to wide-scale social media and television campaigns. He has implemented evidence-based sex education programs in schools and community settings, sex education training of parents and adults, addressing youth barriers to reproductive healthcare, implementing technology-based strategies to engage youth in reproductive healthcare, adult-preparation education, and co-leading adolescent health councils in in and around four Western New York cities. He is also the author of Planned Parenthood of Western New York’s Responsible Males and Circle of Friends comprehensive sex education programs and has also written guides for lesson plan development, EBP adaptation modules, and other works.
Mr. Spicer also currently holds a position as Part-time Instructor at the University at Buffalo Graduate School of Social Work where he teaches SW717: Human Sexuality for Social Work during Spring and Summer semesters.

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Bradley Stoner, MD is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, as well as the Chief of STD Services for the St. Louis County Department of Health and Medical Director of the St. Louis STD/HIV Prevention Training Center. Dr. Stoner, who joined the Infectious Disease division in 1995, holds a joint appointment as Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. He studied anthropology at Harvard University and McGill University, and received the MD and PhD degrees from Indiana University. He completed residency training in internal medicine at Duke University Medical Center, and postdoctoral fellowship training in infectious diseases at the University of Washington in Seattle. His research focuses upon the clinical epidemiology of sexually transmitted diseases and socio-cultural factors, which influence infectious disease risk in human populations. He also serves as Chief of STD Services for the St. Louis County Department of Health, and is Medical Director of the St. Louis STD/HIV Prevention Training Center. He is board-certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases.

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Dr. Christy L. Valentine is the Reproductive Health Program Medical Director within the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Office of Public Health, Bureau of Family Health. In this role, she serves as the chief medical consultant for reproductive health and the Title X program throughout the state of Louisiana. In addition, Dr. Valentine is the Subject Matter Expert for Maternal Outreach on the State Zika Response Team. She is a board member of New Orleans East Hospital, and is the Secretary and Treasurer of the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners. She also owns Valentine Medical Center, a primary care practice in the Greater New Orleans area. A New Orleans native, Dr. Valentine attended Ursuline Academy for her pre-collegiate work and Xavier University for her undergraduate studies. She received her medical degree from the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans in 2000, and she completed her residency at Tulane University in 2004. During her residency, Dr. Valentine specialized in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine. Dr. Valentine is committed to prioritizing the health, well-being, and comfort of her patients.

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Jordan Vaughan, MSN, WHNP/ANP-BC is a Board Certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. Her undergraduate studies were completed at the University of Texas in Austin and she received her Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University in Women’s Health where she was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
Since joining Nashville Fertility Center (NFC) in 2010, she has served in numerous capacities including IVF Nurse Coordinator and coordinator of the Donor Egg Program. In addition to routine exams, Jordan regularly performs ultrasounds and hydrosonograms in the office. She is an invited speaker throughout the country on topics pertaining the challenges of caring for the infertile couple, preconception counseling, and fertility preservation. Jordan is a member of the of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH) She is also a consultant to the Family Planning National Training Center.
Jordan enjoys developing relationships with her patients and guiding them through the often overwhelming process of fertility treatment. She has managed hundreds of fertility cycles for a diverse population and is passionate about providing comprehensive, compassionate care. Her greatest reward is seeing her patients achieve their goal of parenthood. She currently lives in Nashville with her husband Dave and her children Charlie and Eleanor.

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Dr. Vazquez has over 28 years of experience in the healthcare field. She built and worked a successful private practice after graduating from residency in OB-GYN in Puerto Rico. She then ventured to South Florida as a Medical Officer for Borinquen Healthcare Center, a FQHC, in Miami, Florida.

She relocated to Broward County and worked with the Department of Health in Broward County for 16 years. Her ample clinical experience enabled her to instill progressive thinking amongst her peers and assisted them in bringing both knowledge and clinical skills to current standards of care with monthly in-services.

Marjorie Vázquez-Roldán is a social worker with a solid academic formation and 12 years of work experience. She completed a bachelor degree in arts, with a Social Work Major at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus. She also holds Master in Social Work from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Marjorie has worked in different scenarios, including individual interventions, supervision, teaching, administration and program management. From 2005 until 2007 she was lecturer at the Social Work Program for the University of Puerto Rico and then from 2007-2009 she was lecture at the Universidad del Este. She coordinated the Social work unit for the Center for Victims of Sexual Assault in PR. From 2008 until 2016 she worked at the Autonomous Municipality of Caguas where she was part of the Women’s Office and Human Development Secretariat.

Last March, she joined Profamilias and is currently in the process of learning about Title X Services and Regulations as well as changes in contraceptive methods and clinical service guidelines. More importantly, she found herself working with Zika virus issues on her first week at Profamilias and since she has not stop working with it. Marjorie have been reading, partaking in different webinars developed by OPA and the CDC and she has participated in discussions with different organizations and persons and has contributed to development of PROFAMILIA’s #FightZika Campaign, which she going to share with us in a while.

Kelly Warner has worked in sexual health education for 15 years and is currently the Director of Sexual and Reproductive Health at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA). At CHA, she manages program work in four school systems, fourteen health centers, and five communities, serving more than 9,000 health center clients and 2,500 youth annually. Prior to her role as the Director, she worked as a Community Health Educator in a school-based health center and as the Supervisor of the Family Planning Program. Kelly has a Master’s of Public Health in Community Health Education from the University of Maryland, College Park. During her time at UMD, she taught human sexuality for undergraduate students, participated as a research assistant on a project looking at improving reproductive health in the military, and completed a master’s project evaluating the content on crisis pregnancy center websites. She is a trained educator and consultant for organizations to offer information on health equity as well as how to integrate discussion on racial justice into the workplace.

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Jacki Witt has provided health care services to diverse populations of women for over 25 years and has taught at all levels of nursing education for over 20 years. Currently, she is the Director of Continuing Nursing Education at the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies and, since 2006, she has been the Project Director for the federally-funded national Clinical Training Center for Family Planning.

Her research interests include HIV in women, contraception and advanced, competency-based clinical education using standardized patients and high fidelity human simulators. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Certification Corporation and the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health. In addition, Jacki practices clinically at an academic medical center and a county health department in Kansas City, Missouri.

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