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Presenters

 

Dorothy Cilenti, DrPH, MPH, MSW
Associate Clinical Professor
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dorothy Cilenti has worked in local and state public health agencies in North Carolina for more than 20 years. She is primarily interested in improving systems of care for underserved women and children. Dr. Cilenti is Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health where she directs the Maternal Health Learning and Innovation Center and the National Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Workforce Development Center, under cooperative agreements with the Health Resources Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau.

 

Amy Mullenix, MSW, MSPH
Senior Collaboration Manager
National MCH Workforce Development Center


Amy Mullenix serves as the Senior Collaboration Manager for the Center. In this role she leads the coordination and alignment of all Center functions, focusing on innovations that emerge from the interdisciplinary nature of the Center’s activities and ensuring Title V professionals and their partners are prepared to lead health transformation. She serves as the primary point of entry for states and jurisdictions wishing to explore potential collaboration with the Center and as a coach for Cohort teams. Amy has previously worked for local public health departments, a federally qualified health center, a hospital system and a national non-profit maternal and child health agency.

 

Rebecca Greenleaf
Training Coordinator
National MCH Workforce Development Center

Rebecca Greenleaf has been serving in various public health roles for more than 20 years. She earned a master’s degree from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University. Rebecca has worked for the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, North Carolina’s Title V Program, the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, and the National Training Institute for Child Care Health Consultants. Rebecca currently serves as the Training Coordinator for the National MCH Workforce Development Center. In this role, Rebecca supports public health workforce development for MCH professionals, with an emphasis on health transformation, systems integration, evidence-based decision making, and change management. She collaborates with Center faculty and staff to develop curricula, create unique learning platforms and develop resources for MCH leaders.

 

Ki’Yonna Jones, MHA, MBA
Training Associate

North Carolina Institute for Public Health

Ki’Yonna Jones is a training associate at the North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH) who specializes in workforce development, training and building leadership capacity. She has experience in convening and working with MCH public health professionals on the local, state and national level. Her areas of interest include implementing and strengthening programs that serve women, children, families and communities. She serves on the National MCH Workforce Development Center’s Change Management Core.

 

Jessica Simon
Program Manager on the Health Systems Transformation Team
Association of Maternal & Health Programs

Jessica Simon is a program manager on the Health Systems Transformation team at AMCHP where she supports various programmatic and policy initiatives. Previously, Jessica worked on housing and behavioral health programs. She has experience on a range of MCH and social welfare issues including homelessness, food insecurity, economic development, health policy, and intimate partner violence. Jessica holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis with a focus on Social and Economic Development and System Dynamics. Jessica is the Core Manager for the Systems Integration Core.

Vijaya Hogan  

Vijaya Hogan, DrPH
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Dr. Hogan is a nationally known perinatal epidemiologist. She was a member of the DHHS Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality (SACIM), has served as a Program Officer at the WK Kellogg Foundation, was Professor in the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the Gillings School of Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill, and was the lead epidemiologist on the Preterm Delivery Research Group at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In her career, she has worked at the community, state, and federal levels, in public and private sector, in academia, and has worked both domestically and globally. She conducted research and authored several papers relating to understanding and addressing health inequities in perinatal outcomes. She currently works as an Independent Consultant.  She is utilizing her expertise to build the capacity of MCH and other public health organizations in their implementation of strategies to effectively address social determinants of health and to attain health equity.

 

W. Oscar Fleming, DrPHLead, Evidence Based Decision Making Core
National MCH Workforce Development Center

Dr. Fleming leads the Evidence-based Decision-Making Core for the National MCH Workforce Development Center, supporting public health professionals to use and produce evidence to protect and promote the health of children and families. Dr. Fleming has previously worked on public health, early childhood, and community development programs in North Carolina, across the US, and around the world. His areas of interest include program design, implementation science, applied research, coaching, and team development in support of evidence based and other innovative programs. Dr. Fleming is an Assistant Professor in the Public Health Leadership Program and an adjunct professor in the MCH Department at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.

 

 

Laura Powis, MPH
Program Manager for Evidence-Based Policy and Practices
Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs

Laura works as the Program Manager for Evidence-Based Policy and Practice at the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) and as the Core Manager for Evidence-Based Decision Making at the National MCH Workforce Development Center. In both positions she promotes and supports the identification and amplification of evidence-based and equity-centered practices and policies that are benefiting maternal and child health populations. Laura earned her MPH from UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health with a concentration in maternal and child health.

 

Jimmy Dills, MPH, MUP
Senior Research Associate
Georgia Health Policy Center

Jimmy Dills is a senior research associate at the Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC). He works to improve public health by advancing a Health in All Policies perspective of decision-making. His areas of expertise are systems thinking, health impact assessment (HIA), and healthy community design. He works on the National MCH Workforce Development Center’s Systems Integration Core.

 

Steve Orton, PhD
Change Management Core Lead

Steve Orton, PhD is the Deputy Director of Executive Education at the North Carolina Institute for Public Health in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Steve is the Core Lead of the Change Management Core at the National MCH Workforce Development Center and serves as a coach for state and territory teams participating in Center training and technical assistance.

Lynda Krisowaty AMCHP  

Lynda Krisowaty, MHS
Senior Program Manager for Evidence-Based Practice, Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs

Lynda is the Senior Program Manager for Evidence-Based Practice at AMCHP and leads AMCHP’s Evidence & Implementation Team. In this role, she manages activities which enhance the MCH workforce’s capacity to identify/develop, implement, improve, and sustain evidence-based/-informed practices as well as apply evidence-based decision making tools and processes. Lynda also supports the Evidence-Based Decision Making Core of the National MCH Workforce Development Center.

 

Alexsandra Monge, MPH
National MCH Workforce Development Center

Alexsandra works for both the Evidence Center and the National MCH Workforce Development Center where she works on training development and delivery in program evaluation and use of evidence-based practices. Alexsandra earned her MPH from Rutgers University School of Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology.

 

Kristen Hassmiller Lich, PhD
Associate Professor,Department of Health Policy and Management, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Hasmiller Lich is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She specializes in the application of systems thinking, operations research and simulation modeling methods to inform health policy and management decision-making. Kristen is the Core Lead of the Systems Integration core of the National MCH Workforce Development Center. Her work seeks to advance the way we use system maps, models, and local data to improve decision making at multiple levels within systems, and to engage system stakeholders in the process.

Becky Burns  

Becky Burns, MSSW
CYSHCN Statewide Coordinator
UW-Madison, Waisman Center UCEDD


Becky’s career centers on supporting children and families whose lives have been affected by unanticipated journeys through the world of disability services. She treasures the opportunities to work with these families whose resilience and growth continues to astound her. With a Master’s of Science in Social Work, she has used her education along with her personal experience of being raised in a family with a child who has a disability to influence her work with families. She has worked in one capacity or another for the state of WI for over 20 years.

 

Colleen Marie Smith, MSW
Research Associate

Georgia Health Policy Center

Colleen Smith is a research associate at the Georgia Health Policy Center. She supports domestic and global research and evaluation efforts in mental health, substance use, and maternal and child health. Her area of expertise is in monitoring and evaluation. Smith brings over 10 years’ experience using systems thinking to evaluate complex programs and working closely with program teams to use the best available evidence to inform program quality improvement and support practice-informed research. Her work in evaluation has crossed multiple fields including infant and young child nutrition, food security, maternal health, reproductive health, children’s mental health, co-occurring mental health and substance use, community development, and gender. She also has experience in program design and implementation globally. Colleen serves on the National MCH Workforce Development Center’s Evidence Based Decision Making Core.

 

Jeannine Herrick, MPH
National MCH Workforce Development Center

Jeannine Herrick is an independent leadership coach and trainer with a public health background. Jeannine is an adjunct instructor with at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health – Public Health Leadership Department. Jeannine is a coach for the National Program Office serving the Kresge Foundation sponsored Emerging Leaders in Public Health Initiative. She has coached over 40 leaders in local health departments who are creating new roles for their agencies to better meet adaptive challenges in their communities. Jeannine is also on staff with the National Maternal Child Health Workforce Development Center also based at UNC Gillings.  Jeannine serves on the Adaptive Leadership/Change Management Core supporting state Title V Maternal Child Health teams who are tackling complex challenges related to health transformation.

Jeannine has a Bachelor of Arts from William Smith College in psychology and a MPH degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Maternal and Child Health.

 

Amanda Cornett, MPH
National MCH Workforce Development Center

Amanda is a system and organizational improvement consultant with over 15 years of experience. She has worked with nocal, state and federal public health, health care, and non-profit organizations to create a collective vision and implement strategies to achieve the vision.  She has served as an instructor, facilitator, technical assistance provider, and coach; all with the purpose of guiding and supporting organizations as they transform and continuously improve. As a team member at the National Maternal Child Health Workforce Development Center, Amanda is a coach and has served on the Systems Integration and Evidence Based Decision Making Cores.

 

Rebecca Wells, PhD
Professor of Management, Policy, and Community Health

The University of Texas School of Public Health


Rebecca is currently on teams examining community collaboration intended to reduce rates of diabetes, and an innovative case management program for sobering center clients. She recently evaluated Texas’s Medicaid 1115(a) waiver value-based payment program for that state. Previously, she served on the Health Policy and Management faculty full time for seven years at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, during which time she taught strategy classes in the DrPH program. While in North Carolina, Rebecca co-chaired the North Carolina Collaborative for Children, Youth, and Families, a statewide group promoting implementation of system of care practices. She works on the Change Management/Adaptive Leadership and Systems Integration Cores at the National MCH Workforce Development Center.