Registration is closed for this event

The purpose of this event is to:

  • raise awareness about the difference in African American infant mortality rates
  • introduce providers and community members to the Infant Mortality Collective Impact Initiative
  • encourage providers and community members to take action steps to reduce African American infant mortality rates.

For more information on this initiative please contact Virginia Visconti, Collective Impact Coordinator at .

Registration is required and space is limited.  Lunch will be provided.

African American Infant Mortality in Colorado: Creating Solutions Together Summit

June 13, 2015 – 8:30am to 4:00pm

University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, Education 2 South Building, Room 1102

8:30am                                 Registration & Breakfast

9:00                                        Welcome

9:10                                        Infant Mortality National Perspective Keynote Address

                                                Lauren Smith, MD, MPH

                                                Executive Project Director, National Institute for Children’s Health Quality

9:40                                        Intergenerational Reaction Panel


·         Thelma Craig, Colorado Black Health Collaborative

·         Demetrious Jenkins, Families Forward Resource Center

·         Kahlea Khabir, Student

·         Terri Richardson, Colorado Black Health Collaborative

·         Angela White, Families Forward Resource Center

10:15                                     Infant Mortality State & Local Perspective


·         Karen Trierweiler, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

·         Rita Beam & Chanell Reed,  Tri County Health Department and Healthier Beginnings  

·         Gloria DeLoach & Kellie Teter, Denver Public Health

10:45                                     Visual Chronology (Milestones) – Participants view/Break

11:05                                    Incorporating into Practice – How the Community Can Participate


·         Shawn Taylor and Healthy Start Advocates, Healthy Start Program

·         Virginia Visconti, Community Action Network

·         Glynis Williams-Thompson, Pan-Hellenic Council


12:00                                     Transition Lunch & Interactive Breakout Sessions


1.       Social Isolation

2.       Healthcare – awareness, access, quality, and utilization

3.       Racism/Unjust Systems

2:45                        Infant Mortality Policy


·         Sharon Bailey, Director of Policy and Research, City and County of Denver

·         Sara Dale-Bley, Chair Colorado Breastfeeding Coalition

·         Representative Rhonda Fields, Colorado House District 42

·         Scott Mathews, Director of Programs at March of Dimes

·         Representative Jovan Melton, Colorado House District 41

·         Nita Mosby Henry, Vice President of Human Recourses, Children’s Hospital Colorado

·         Maya Wheeler, Colorado Black Women for Political Action

·         Representative Angela Williams, Colorado House District 7

3:30pm                 Entertainment & Reception

                                Special Musical Performance: SuCh

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