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  Presenters

 

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.

 

 

Deitre Epps  

Deitre Epps
Founder and CEO
RACE for Equity

Deitre Epps has over 25 years of experience in providing education, training, and technical assistance to health, human services, and education leaders to support evidence-informed strategies towards improving individual and community wellbeing. Her work has included capacity building and direct support for leaders to implement data driven decision making with Results Based Accountability™ (RBA). Her clients include federal, state, and local public agencies, foundations, and non-profit organizations. As a global consultant, she works with international agencies to advance culturally and linguistically appropriate strategies that achieve results. She’s worked with international leaders, including Australia, Canada, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. Her energizing keynote addresses have motivated leaders to move from talk to action.

 

 Solange Gould  

Solange Gould, DrPH, MPH
Co-Director
H
uman Impact Partners

Solange Gould began her role as Co-Director of Human Impact Partners in February 2020. Before that, she served for over 4 years as the Chief of the Health Equity Policy and Planning Unit in the Office of Health Equity at the California Department of Public Health. In this role, she oversaw the work of the CDPH Health in All Policies partnership, the Climate Change and Health Equity Program, and the Racial and Health Equity Initiative. She brings more than 20 years of public health experience across a range of programs working to advance outcomes in health, equity, climate change, and upstream systems change. Solange has worked at the Public Health Institute’s Center for Climate Change and Health, the University of California, Berkeley, and in 3 local health departments in the San Francisco Bay Area. Before that, she provided Maternal, Child, and Adolescent health services in Federally Qualified Health Centers across Northern California and the SF Bay Area. She completed her Masters and Doctor of Public Health degrees at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. She identifies as a white, Jewish woman who lives with her family in Berkeley, California.

   

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.

 

Jessica Cohen, MSW
Program Manager
Association of Maternal and Child Health
Programs

Jessica Cohen 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.

Alice Pollard  

Alice Pollard
Training Coordinator
Maternal Health Learning and Innovation Center

Alice Pollard joined the MHLIC team in June 2020 as the Training Coordinator. She leads training development and implementation for both MHLIC and the Maternal Telehealth Access Project. Prior to joining MHLIC, Alice spent six years working at the North Carolina Community Health Center Association, the membership association for community health centers across NC, providing training and technical assistance to health centers and other stakeholders in a variety of areas. Alice has a background in managing health outreach and promotion programs. She is a native of Wilmington, NC and holds a BS in Journalism from Northwestern University and a Masters in Social Work and Masters of Science in Public Health from UNC Chapel Hill. She was a Jim Bernstein Community Health Leadership Fellow from 2017-2019. She lives in Durham, NC with her family, including twin toddlers.

 

Gloria Grady
Health Equity Strategy Manager
Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Public Health, Bureau of Family Health

Gloria Grady is the Health Equity Strategy Manager for the Bureau of Family Health, within the Office of Public Health at the Louisiana Department of Health. Gloria has been with the Bureau for over 5 years, working to embed a lens of health and racial equity – her work includes managing the Bureau’s Health Equity Action Team, coordinating and developing learning opportunities for staff and partners, and supervising the Bureau’s Health Equity internship. She is part of the Bureau’s SPACE team, which stands for Strategy, Policy, Alignment, Communications, and Equity – which takes a bird’s eye view of the organization to help ensure our programs and initiatives are aligned, equitable, and tied to our organizational aims.

   

Aerielle M. Waters, MPH, CHES
Public Health Program Administrator
Pennsylvania Department of Health, Office of Health Equity

Aerielle Waters has been working with the Pennsylvania Department of Health as the Public Health Program Administrator since October 2018. In April 2020, Aerielle joined the Bureau of Family Health’s Division of Bureau Operations where she coordinates the workforce development and health equity efforts for the Maternal Child Health staff and partners. Having the experience of working for non-profits and local government, in areas of both physical and behavioral health prevention and education, Aerielle brings over 10 years of experience and knowledge. Aerielle is passionate about the integration physical and behavioral health, access to health care and social needs, supporting and empowering underserved communities, and advancing health equity. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, a Master’s in Public Health from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and is a Certified Health Education Specialist.

 

Syria Harrell, DIS, MSHE (no photo)
Public Health Program Associate 2
Office of Health Equity Pennsylvania Department of Health

Syria Harrell, MSHE is a Public Health Program Associate 2 for the Bureau of Family Health(BFH), Division of Bureau Operations, responsible to develop a framework for enhancing strategies and initiatives aimed at engaging clients and families in the design, implementation and evaluation of the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant (MCHSBG). She has over 10 years’ experience in advocacy, community planning and engagement. Syria is an active member on the BFH Health Equity Committee. She received a Bachelor of Science from Johnson C. Smith University (HBCU) and a Master of Science in Health Education from Arcadia University. She is also a certified Disease Invention Specialist (DIS).

   

Nurit Fischler
MCH Policy Lead and Title V Coordinator
Oregon Health Authority

Nurit Fischler is the Title V Coordinator and MCH Policy Lead for the Oregon Public Health Division’s Maternal and Child Health Section.  She has more than 20 years of experience in state and local public health, and brings to her work a passion for health equity and improving the lives of women, children and families. Her work spans needs assessment, program design and evaluation; policy development, and the facilitation of state and local level systems initiatives to improve Maternal and Child Health. Currently she also leads Oregon’s MCH work on trauma, ACEs and resilience, and co-leads Oregon’s Social Determinants of Health Collaborative Innovation and Improvement Network (CoIIN). In addition to her experience in a wide range of maternal and child health areas, Nurit has worked in primary care and multicultural health, including outreach and access to care initiatives, community health promoter programs, healthcare interpretation, and migrant health. She holds a Masters in Public Health Education from the University of Oregon, and a Bachelors of Science from Cornell University.

 

   

Kamisha D. Busby, MBA-HC, BSN, RN
MCH Equity & Special Projects Manager
Family Health Services, Maternal & Child Health Service
Oklahoma State Department of Health

Kamisha D. Busby is a native of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She has received a Master’s in Business Administration with a focus in Health Care Administration from Southern Nazarene University in 2012, a Bachelor’s degree in Community Health with a minor in Human Environmental Sciences from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2010, an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Oklahoma State University – OKC in 2018 and is completing her second Bachelor’s degree in Nursing in May 2020 from the University of Central Oklahoma.She has over fifteen years of experience in nursing and has a passion for public health. Kamisha currently works as the Maternal and Child Health Equity and Special Projects Manager for the Oklahoma State Department of Health. In this role, she works closely with her colleagues in focusing on the reduction of infant mortality and premature births while empowering families and encouraging healthcare providers to provide quality and equable care to their clients which she holds dear to her heart. Before her new role at The Oklahoma State Department of Health, Kamisha has served in Public Health primarily focusing on Women’s Health and Maternal and Child Health for over ten years. Her professional interests are access to healthcare for early entry to maternity care and improving birth outcomes specifically within the urban communities. She received the 2014 Area Government Results Performance Act (GPRA) Provider Award through Indian Health Services for her efforts in improving women’s health by organizing the first Annual Women’s Health Fair for the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic and helping the organization reach its GPRA goals for Pap smear examinations. Kamisha is the 2019 Oklahoma City Women of Color Impact Award recipient for her work within the community.She currently serves as the Quality Improvement Coordinator in maternal and child health with the Oklahoma State Department of Health addressing maternal health and is active on other community-based committees that focus on Maternal/Child Health including serving as the past Health Care Chair of the Infant Mortality Alliance Health Care Workgroup of Oklahoma County, and current agency lead for the Health Disparities Workgroup of the Oklahoma Maternal Health Taskforce. In the community, Kamisha continues to serve her community in several capacities.She is a board member of March of Dimes Oklahoma Chapter, Family Builders, Greater Mount Olive Baptist Church, and the Stork’s Nest of Oklahoma City. She is very active in her sorority Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., serving locally as the Chi Zeta Chapter President, regionally as the Midwestern Regional Financial Secretary and nationally as the National Stork’s Nest Risk Management Liaison. She is also Director of the Health and Wellness Ministry at the Greater Mount Olive Baptist Church. She is married to Joshua A. Busby and is the proud mother of Cobie, Kara and Joshua II.

   

Maya Jackson
Founder and Executive Director of MAAME, Inc. (Mobilizing African American Mothers through Empowerment)

A native of Durham, North Carolina, Maya Jackson graduated from North Carolina Central University, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Sociology. She has over 10 years of working in nonprofit leadership in public health and the arts. As a mother of four, Maya Jackson saw and felt firsthand the inequalities and inconsistent care that pregnant Black and Brown people face every day across this country. Based on her personal experiences due to the lack of consistent and accessible care, Maya desired to have more of a voice in her birthing journey. After losing her mother and limited resources for support, she learned how the impact of a doula could help her achieve positive birth outcomes and decided to birth at a birthing center versus a hospital.

The support and empowering women in the room during her son’s birth forever changed her life, and she was inspired to become a doula to give that same love and support to her community. In the fall of 2018, Maya became a trained doula and founded MAAME, Inc. She is also trained as a full-spectrum doula and childbirth educator through Birth Advocacy Training, Lactation educator through CAPPA , and breastfeeding peer support counselor through Milky Mommas International.

MAAME is a community-based volunteer doula collective of birth and postpartum support professionals committed to serving our mission to decrease the health disparities among pregnant people of color, creating access to economic advancements, and building sustainable communities.

Moriah Harris  

Moriah Harris

Moriah Harris is a bilingual latinx student midwife currently finishing my clinicals in Central Phoenix. Prior, she was a labor and delivery nurse in North Chicago and a birth doula in South Phoenix. She wishes to work in an urban setting and service a heavy Hispanic and Black population in the near future. When she’s not studying or servicing her community, she is busy chasing an almost one-year-old little wild boy! 

Courtnie Carter  

Courtnie Carter

Courtnie Carter is an experienced breastfeeding support specialist, former WIC breastfeeding Peer Counselor and former Centering Pregnancy coordinator and facilitator. Driven by her love for all things pregnancy and mother/baby, she is committed to increasing the initiation and longevity rates of Black breastfeeding mothers. As well as also being a voice for mothers, like her who deal or have dealt with perinatal and postpartum depression and anxiety. A mother of two awesome boys, Phoenix (11) and Memphis, who turns 1 today. Her favorite things to do are to play sports and travel. Being a military brat and a previous flight attendant traveling is in her blood. Due to COVID that scratch hasn’t gotten itched in quite some time.

 

Colleen Durocher
Executive Director
Rural Ob Access & Maternal Services (ROAMS)

Colleen Durocher is the Executive Director of the RMOMS Rural Ob Access & Maternal Service (ROAMS) grant in Northeastern New Mexico.

 

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.

 

   

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.

Grace Guerrero  

Grace Guerrero Ramírez, MSPH
Program Manager, Workforce Development and Capacity Building

Grace is the Program Manager for Workforce Development and Capacity Building at AMCHP earned her Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) degree from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2019 and for the past year has been serving as the de Beaumont Foundation’s Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) Philanthropy Fellow.

During her Fellowship, Grace built knowledge and capacity around appreciative inquiry, conducted qualitative research, and spearheaded the production of a public health policy book involving major coordination and collaboration with national subject matter experts. She also has a strong communications background, having published on topics including workplace perceptions among governmental public health workforce and the role of federal health policies in creating and exacerbating health disparities in Puerto Rico. As a graduate student, Grace led data collection and analysis efforts to understand home visiting and child welfare staff experiences working with families with substance use problems and/or substance-exposed newborns. Grace brings both a deep commitment to and experience in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, and incorporating an anti-racist and social justice lens in all aspects of work. 

At AMCHP, Grace focuses on best practices related to MCH workforce and leadership development, deploying training and capacity building resources, student engagement, and work closely with the University of North Carolina’s MCH Workforce Development Center as Core Manager for Change Management and Adaptive Leadership.


 

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

   

Kimarie Bugg, DNP, MPH, IBCLC
President & CEO
Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE)

Kimarie Bugg, DNP, MPH, IBCLC is the President & CEO of Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE), a National nonprofit corporation to address breastfeeding inequities in the African American community. Kimarie previously worked for Emory University, School of Medicine, as a nurse practitioner. She is a member of the faculty for CHAMPs, a Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, and chair of the nominating committee of United States Breastfeeding Committee. She completed a Community Health Leadership Program, within the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine that stressed best practices to provide global health equity and eliminating health disparities through action-oriented projects. She believes that Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation can take place in marginalized communities, starting with Breastfeeding. 

LaToshia Rouse  LaToshia Rouse
Birth and Postpartum Doula and Owner
Birth Sisters Doula ServicesLaToshia Rouse, CD(DONA) is a birth and postpartum doula and owner of Birth Sisters Doula Services. She is also Patient Engagement Consultant with several state and national organizations. Her journey as an advisor began 8 years ago, after having triplets at 26 weeks gestation via an emergency vaginal delivery. Early on LaToshia’s work was focused on bringing the parent perspective to the newborn intensive care unit (NICU) and antepartum improvement committees at WakeMed, including serving as a member of the NICU’s Vermont Oxford Network (VON) team. Her passion is helping parents develop their voice in the care of their children and helping medical staff learn from and make improvements in care based on the parent perspective. LaToshia has served as a subject matter expert and expert team member for the Perinatal Quality Collaboratives across the country, American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), National Quality Forum (NQF) and several other organizations.She has done intensive training with the Institute of Patient and Family Centered Care and will be apart of the Project Advisory Committee for an upcoming national study with the Institute. LaToshia is a sought after speaker was also an invited speaker for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and March of Dimes sponsored launch of the National Network of Perinatal Quality Collaboratives (NNPQC), the North Carolina Perinatal Association, the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) Annual Conference as well as several state PQC conferences around the country. She is also currently working on policy with the Maternal Health Taskforce and worked on policy as co chair of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine’s (NCIOM) Taskforce on the Perinatal System of Care in 2019. Starting in 2020, she chairs several committees in the Maternal and Child Health Measurement Research Network (MCH-MRN) at Rutgers University. In reflecting on the work she’s engaged in over the last number of years, LaToshia passion is finding ways for clinicians and patients to have a true partnership and improve outcomes.
 

Rebecca Wells, PhD
Professor of Management, Policy, and Community Health
The University of Texas School of Public Health

Rebecca is currently a professor of Management, Policy, and Community Health at 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.

   

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.

Mona Hanna-Attisha   

Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is a pediatrician, professor, and public health advocate who spearheaded efforts to reveal, publicize, and fix Flint, Michigan’s water crisis. In 2014, a change in the city’s water source resulted in astronomical amounts of lead leaching into the drinking water, causing irreversible damage to Flint’s residents. As a local pediatrician, the poisonous levels of lead in the water terrified Dr. Hanna-Attisha, and she was shocked that the government ignored complaints, protests, and reports from citizens, journalists, and experts. She knew that the only way to stop the lead poisoning would be to present undeniable proof on a national platform.

In a tremendous act of bravery, Dr. Hanna-Attisha held a press conference where she revealed her team’s findings before they were peer-reviewed, prioritizing the health of her community over the risk to her career. Dr. Hanna-Attisha faced a brutal backlash, but her persistence paid off:  the city switched the water back to its original source and President Barack Obama declared a federal emergency. She has since been called to testify three times before the United States Congress, was awarded the Freedom of Expression Courage Award by PEN America, and was named one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” and one of USA Today’s “Women of the Century.”

Dr. Hanna-Attisha’s powerful book, What the Eyes Don’t See, is a beautifully rendered first-hand account of the signature environmental disaster of our time that has become a timely playbook of resistance, hope, and personal advocacy. A 2018 New York Times 100 Notable Book, the book grapples with our country’s history of environmental injustice while sharing a story of a city on the ropes that came together to fight for justice, self-determination, and the right to build a better world for their—and all of our—children. It also tells the inspiring personal story of Dr. Hanna-Attisha—an immigrant, a doctor, and a scientist—whose family roots in social justice activism helped her take on the Flint water crisis. In her popular talks, she explores the horrific reality of how misguided austerity policies and callous bureaucratic indifference placed an entire city at risk.

Inspired by the children that she still cares for, Dr. Hanna-Attisha created the Pediatric Public Health Initiative, a model program to improve outcomes for Flint children and share best practices throughout the nation. In light of the global Covid-19 pandemic, Dr. Hanna-Attisha, who personally recovered from the virus, she has donated her convalescent plasma three times while advocating for health and racial equity.

Dr. Hanna-Attisha received her bachelor’s and Master of Public Health degrees from the University of Michigan and her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine (MSU CHM). She completed her residency at Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit, where she was chief resident.

   

Kristin Tully, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Collaborative for Maternal and Infant Health, UNC Chapel Hill
Co-Chair of Innovation Support Core, Maternal Health Learning and Innovation Center

Kristin Tully seeks to enable health by improving health care services over the “1,000 days” continuum of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. She is interested in understanding human needs around the perinatal period of the life course, from the perspectives of birthing parents, infants, and those supporting them. Her program of research addresses mechanisms underlying health outcomes, with topics spanning contributors to birth mode, breastfeeding outcomes, mother-infant safety, sleep practices, maternal health, and transitions through health care, to establish more patient- and family-centered care. The objective is advance equity by identifying metrics for accountability and continual improvement in health systems. Human-centered design offers a process for partnering with diverse stakeholders, for the defining problems, developing ways to transform care, and evaluation and dissemination. Together, we shift the culture of health by identifying unmet health needs and codeveloping real, sustainable solutions.  

 

 

Piia Hanson, MSPH, MBA
Program Awardee Liaison
Maternal Health Learning & Innovation Center (MHLIC)

Piia T Hanson joins MHLIC as a Program Awardee Liaison and co-lead of the Innovation Support Core. She received a BS in Biology from Xavier University of Louisiana, an MSPH from Meharry Medical College, a certificate in Health Policy through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Center for Health Policy at Meharry, and an MBA from the University of Maryland University College. She was a fellow of the Maternal Child Health Public Health Leadership Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and she received an executive education in Design Thinking for Healthcare Leaders from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

 

 

W. Oscar Fleming, PhD
Implementation Scientist
National Implementation Research Network

Dr. Fleming is an Implementation Scientist based at the National Implementation Research Network at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mr. 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. Mr. 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. Mr. Fleming is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Maternal and Child Health department at the Gillings SChool of Global Public Health.

 

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.