Excellence Conference

Free 2 Day Virtual Conference
February 17 and March 24, 2022

Conference Agenda - March 24, 2022

Thu, Mar 24 at 8:30 am CDT
Maternal and Child Health: It's a Family Affair

Watch Session

Facilitator:  Dr. Talya Straughter, DPC, LPC

Focus: Welcome and Breakfast Conversations

Speaker: Dr. Talya Straughter, DPC, LPC
"Social and Emotional Well-Being: Breastfeeding Issues"

Speaker: Mary Shaw, PhD, MCHES
Establishing the Breastfeeding Excellence Center@JSU
“Concept to Reality: Acknowledging our Partners”

Speaker: Consuelo Beck-Sague, MD
“Breastfeeding and Mortality in African American Infants:   A Socioecological Analysis

Thu, Mar 24 at 9:40 am CDT
Panel Discussion (Community Voices)

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Moderators: Angela Omondi, DrPHBrandon Nabors, MPH

Focus: BabyNMother Nutrition, Mental Wellness, and Physical Activity

Panel Speakers:

Kysie Bolton, MS, RD, LDN, CLC
BabyNMomEXCEL Nutrtition Essentials”

Praise Ebimaye Tangbe, MPH
COVID & Post COVID” Online Peer Support Group-Based CBT for Reducing Post-Partum Depression

 Ms. Eutella Washington
"Physical Activity & Post-Partum Wellness: Free & Virtual Experiences"

Description: Panelists will discuss innovative strategies for promoting and supporting nutrition, mental wellness, and physical activity for MomNBabyEXCEL networks as well as creating a circle of support to achieve better MCH health outcomes.

Thu, Mar 24 at 10:35 am CDT
Morning Wellness Break

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Facilitator: Dr. Talya Straughter, DPC, LPC

Focus: “Me, Myself, and I” Matter in the Home

Speaker: Dr. Talya Straughter, DPC, LPC
"It's okay to focus on me"

Thu, Mar 24 at 11:10 am CDT
Keynote - Ms. Annette Vise, MBA

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Moderator:  Luma Akil, PhD

Focus: “Home Matters” that Support Breast Feeding

“Home Matters: Creating an Environment to Breastfeed”

Description: One’s environment plays a key role in success with breastfeeding.  Feeling at ease and at home are key factors that support breast feeding success and sustainability.  Wherever you are at home, work, or beyond, there are ways to create a space that fosters breastfeeding success.

Thu, Mar 24 at 11:50 am CDT
Postpartum Care: Myths vs Realities - Children's Defense Fund (CDF) Priorities

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Moderator: Temi Ogundeyi, MPH

Focus: Medicaid Expansion and Postpartum Care

Description: The speaker will discuss Medicaid Expansion initiatives in Mississippi and potential implications for postpartum care and other MCH health outcomes. This session is focused on the initiatives. 

Speaker: Attorney Praheadra Robinson

Thu, Mar 24 at 11:50 am CDT
Postpartum Care: Myths vs Realities - Postpartum Depression

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Moderator: Ebimaye Praise, MPH

Focus: Medicaid Expansion and Postpartum Care

Speaker: Caren Omondi, FNP
"Postpartum Mental Wellness"

Description: The speakers will discuss Medicaid Expansion postpartum care initiatives in Mississippi. The speaker will discuss screening, detecting, treatment, and support for postpartum depression: Distinguishing the Myths vs Realities conversation

Thu, Mar 24 at 12:30 pm CDT

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Mississippi PRAMS Data Conversations

Moderator: Shelia Malone, MPPA

Speaker: Nelson Atehortua, MD, PhD, MPH  - Mississippi State Department of Health

 Description:  Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) presents PRAMS Data Snapshots: Using Data to Inform Decision-Making and Allocation of Limited Resources

Thu, Mar 24 at 1:40 pm CDT
“Brothers” Supporting Breastfeeding

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Moderator: Christopher Lane, MPH

Focus: Strategies for Engaging Men in the Breastfeeding Excellence

Description: Engaging men in MomNBabyEXCEL is imperative for sustainable breastfeeding and early nutrition health. What does breastfeeding support look like, feel like, and sound like from a male perspective?

Post-Partum Care Notes for Men  Clinician, TBD

“ I am Dad”  Austine Onyia, MPH  

"I am Dad"  Rod Denne, PhD

Thu, Mar 24 at 2:35 pm CDT
Keynote - Gerri Cannon-Smith, Scholar-Practitioner, Pediatrician & MSDH Consultant

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Moderator: Sheila McKinney, PhD, CHES

Focus: Maternal & Child Health… and the Bigger Picture
Title of Presentation  “Breastfeeding in the Workplace and Beyond”

Description: Breastfeeding, as an optimal and immune-building source of infant nutrition, preventive strategy for infant mortality,  and deterrent of childhood obesity is an MCH priority. It requires support at the individual, community, institutional, and policy levels. Best breastfeeding practices in the Workplace and implications for mother, infant, and workplace compliance will be discussed.

Keynote: Gerri Cannon-Smith, MD, MPH


Gerri Cannon-Smith, MD, MPH,

Shelia McKinney, PhD, CHES,

Thu, Mar 24 at 3:15 pm CDT
Achieving Health Equity: MCH Perspectives (MCH Workforce Development)

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Moderator:  Kimarie Bugg, DNP, FNP-BC, MPH

Focus: The Bigger Picture for Achieving MCH Health Equity

Speaker: Anne Merewood, PhD, MPH
Director, Center for Health Equity, Education & Research (CHEER)
Boston University School of Public Health/School of Medicine

Title of Presentation: CHAMPS &Interdisciplinary Education: An Imperative Rather than an Option for Achieving Health Equity

Description:  The speaker will introduce attendees to CHAMPS & Interdisciplinary Professional Education for MCH Workforce Development in Mississippi

Thu, Mar 24 at 3:50 pm CDT
Closing Session (Breastfeeding and Early Nutrition Connections)

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Mary Shaw-Ridley, Project Director

Chizoba Anyimukwu, Project Evaluator

“Establishing JSU Breastfeeding Excellence Center “
JSU Foundation
(Funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Grant # PO132445)

“The Mississippi Breastfeeding Network”
 “From Concept to Reality”

Conference Evaluation & Certificates of Participation
The Needs Assessment Survey for Mississippi Women & Men (Survey link will be made available)
(Eligible if you are a Mississippi resident)

Coming Soon:  JSU Breastfeeding Excellence Website

Description: The speaker will provide a sneak preview of the soon to launch MomNBabyExcel website that will serve as a resource for Education and Training, Research, Advocacy, MCH Public Health and Health Promotion Workforce Development in Mississippi and beyond.

Thu, Mar 24 at 11:00 pm CDT
March 24 Evaluation and Certificate


The conference evaluation is available from 3:00 PM Central - 11:59 PM Central.  The evaluation must be completed in order to access the certificate.  The certificate is only available for live viewers.