Events at Black Bottom and Company

African American Infant Mortality Conference – Presented by Black Bottom &

Influencing The Paradigm Shift in the
Prevention of Black Infant Mortality

“African American Infant Mortality is a national crisis”

May 17th 2013
Denver, Colorado



Hilton Garden Inn - Denver/Cherry Creek
600 So. Colorado Blvd
Denver, Colorado 80246

Friday, May 17, 2013

8:00 – 8:45 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:45 – 9:00 Welcome and Why We Are Here - Black Bottom and Company
Barbarosia Richardson, Psy. D., President and James Perkins, M.D., Ph.D., CEO, Black Bottom and Company
9:00 – 9:45 “Setting the stage: Trends, Current Status, and Factors Related to Black Infant Mortality”
Alyson Shupe, Ph.D., Chief, Health Statistics Section, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Unit
9:45 – 10:30 What is Driving Infant Death and Fetal Loss in Denver
Kellie L. Teter, MPA, Maternal Child Health Program Manager, Denver Public Health
10:30 – 10:45 BREAK
10:45 – 12:00 “Rethinking African-American Infant Mortality: Shifting the Paradigm to Increase Healthy Birth Outcomes”
Keynote Speaker: Johnny Johnson, M.D., FACOG, Western Obstetrics and Gynecology Association
12:00 – 1:00 LUNCH (on your own)
1:00 – 2:30 Expert Panel: Improving the Health of Colorado’s Black Maternal and Child Populations

Social Determinants of Health…The Influence of Social, Environmental, and Political factors on Birth Outcomes and Infant Mortality
Alyson Shupe, Ph.D., Chief, Health Statistics Section, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment   

Colorado Efforts to Reduce Infant Mortality and Prematurity
Mandy Bakuski, R.D Maternal Wellness Supervisor, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Wisdom From the Community – Helping to Close the Gap
Thelma Craig, Administrator/Consultant Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment; Chairman of the Board of Directors Colorado Black Health Collaborative
2:30 – 2:45 BREAK
2:45 – 3:30 Mobilizing a Community to Address a Complex Health Disparity –Using Data to Engage, Inform and Plan to Assure Outcomes
Rita Beam, M.S., RN, Nurse Manager, Perinagal Services, Prenatal MCH Program Coordinator and Chanell Reed, BS., Management Analyst, Mayor/City Council, City of Aurora, Healthier Beginnings, Inc.
3:30 – 4:00 Wrap Up (Questions & Answers)

(Free Parking)

Accepting Online Registrations Through Friday, May 10, 2013.

  • Registration $100
  • Buddy Pass Registration $150
  • Group of 10 Registration $650
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Cancellations must be received by Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Registration refunds are subject to a $10 cancellation fee per registrant. Cancellations must be submitted via the link and confirmation # that are provided in your confirmation email. No refunds will be made for requests received after that time. Refunds will be issued in the same form payment was made. Please allow two weeks for processing. Registrants who cancel will not receive event materials. Cancellations sent via email to Council staff will not be accepted.


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