Keynote Speaker

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Jennifer Howse, PhD
President
March of Dimes

Jennifer Howse, Ph.D. became president of the March of Dimes Foundation in January 1990. Under Dr. Howse’s leadership, the March of Dimes has achieved unprecedented revenue growth and significant expansion of mission initiatives.

Dr. Howse joined the March of Dimes as Executive Director of the Greater New York Chapter. Prior to that, Dr. Howse held a number of top public service positions in health related organizations, including State Commissioner for Mental Retardation in Pennsylvania, Associate Commissioner of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities for New York State, and Executive Director of the Federal Court Appointed Willowbrook Review Panel.

Dr. Howse holds a Ph.D. in psycholinguistics from Florida State University. She serves on the Board of The Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, the National Health Council, and the James Beard Foundation. She has served on national advisory committees for the Secretary of Health and Human Services, including the Committee on Genetic Diseases in Newborns. Dr. Howse is an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

 

Featured Speakers

Natalie Archer

Natalie Archer
PhD, MS

Medical Research Specialist
Texas Department of State Health Services

Natalie Archer, PhD, MS, is a medical Research Specialist and team lead with the Office of Program Decision Support, which is part of the Family and Community Health Services (FCHS) Division. Full bio.

Scott Berns

Scott Berns
MD, MPH, FAAP
President and CEO
National Institute for Children's Health Quality

Scott D. Berns, MD, MPH, FAAP, is the President and CEO of the National Institute for Children's Health Quality. Berns joined NICHQ from the March of Dimes National Office, where he was the Senior Vice President of Chapter Programs and Deputy Medical Officer. Full bio.

Christina Davidson

Christina Davidson
MD

Assistant Professor
Baylor College of Medicine

Christina Davidson, MD, is an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine. Full bio.

 

Charleta Guillory

Charleta Guillory
MD
Director
Neonatal-Perinatal Public Health Program
Texas Children's Hospital

Charleta Guillory, MD, is an associate professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and the Director of the Neonatal-Perinatal Public Health Program at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston. Full bio.


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Amy Boriskie Hair
MD

Assistant Professor
Baylor College of Medicine

Boriskie Hair specializes in care for infants born at the edge of viability as well as infants born at term or earlier with congenital defects or other conditions that need specialized intensive care. Her research focus is neonatal nutrition. Full bio.

June Hanke

June Hanke
MSN, MPH

Strategic Analyst / Planner/ GIS Analyst Harris County Hospital District

June Hanke has been with Harris County Health System since 2003. She now serves as a strategic analyst, planner, and GIS analyst with the system. Full bio.

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John Hellerstedt
MD

Commissioner
Texas Department of State Health Services

Dr. John Hellerstedt became commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services on January 1, 2016. Hellerstedt left his position as chief medical officer at the Seton Family of Hospitals to join DSHS. Full bio.

Lesley French Henneke

Lesley French Henneke
JD

Associate Commissioner, 
Texas Health and Human Services Commission

French Henneke is Associate Commissioner for Health, Developmental & Independence Services. Prior to her current role, she was associate commissioner of Women's Health. Full bio.


Elizabeth A. Howell
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Arthur James
MD

Associate Professor
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Arthur R. James, MD, is a general obstetrician and gynecologist and associate clinical professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Full bio.

 

 

Elizabeth Howell
MD, MPP
Professor
Mount Sinai Health System

Dr. Howell is a Professor in the Departments of Population Health Science & Policy, Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science, and Psychiatry, and Associate Dean for Academic Development. She is a NIH-funded ob/gyn health services researcher and her research addresses quality of care and racial/ethnic disparities in maternal and child health. Full bio.

Alexander Kenton

Alexander Kenton
MD

Neonatologist
Pediatrix Medical Group

Dr. Kenton is a neonatologist in San Antonio, Texas and is one of the leaders of TEXPAC, the bipartisan political arm of the Texas Medical Association. Full bio.

Michelle Kormondy

Michelle Kormondy
Epidemiologist
Department of State Health Services

Michelle Kormondy is an epidemiologist with the Texas Department of State Health Services. Full bio.


Susan Landers

Susan Landers
MD

Neonatologist
Pediatrix Medical Group

Dr. Landers is a past chair of the Texas Breastfeeding Coalition, a member of Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section of Breastfeeding, and a neonatologist with Pediatrix Medical Group in Austin. Full bio.

Michael Mackert

Michael Mackert
PhD

Deputy Director
Center for Health Communication

Dr. Mackert is an associate professor in the Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin. His current research focus is on health literacy, with a particular interest in the best ways to design health messages to reach low health literate populations. Full bio.

Dorothy Mandell

Dorothy Mandell
PhD

Assistant Professor
UT Health Northeast

Dr. Mandell supports the Texas Collaborative for Healthy Mothers and Babies and is the Primary Investigator for the Safe Babies project in Population Health. She served as the primary investigator for the Texas Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) and is currently a research consultant for Texas PRAMS. Full bio.

Carla Ortique

Carla Ortique
MD

Texas Children’s Hospital & the Women’s Specialists of Houston

Dr. Ortique has been in the active practice of obstetrics and gynecology in Texas since August 1995. She is chair of the Texas Medical Associations's Committee on Maternal and Perinatal Health. Full bio.


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Ann Salyer-Caldwell
MPH, RDN/LD

Associate Director of Community Health Promotion
Tarrant County Public Health

Saylor-Caldwell is responsible for oversight of public health preparedness, chronic disease prevention, immunizations and maternal and child health activities for Tarrant County Public Health. Full bio

Michael Speer

Michael Speer
MD

Professor of Pediatrics and Neonatology
Baylor College of Medicine

Dr. Michael Speer is a neonatologist in Houston, Texas and a professor of pediatrics and neonatology at Baylor College of Medicine.  Full bio.