To accommodate the virtual nature of the InSOPHE Fall Conference, the conference program will be held over the course of two days.
- The first half of the conference will begin on Monday, November 9th from 1 PM to 4 PM EST
- The second half of the conference will continue on Tuesday, November 10th from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM EST
We hope this conference schedule will allow for higher attendance and flexibility with work and school obligations. All registration fees include continuing education contact hours for master-certified and certified health education specialist (MCHES/CHES). Due to the transition to a virtual conference this year and our desire to positively impact the world around us, the InSOPHE Board of Directors has decided to donate all profits from this year's fall conference. To ensure we reach a variety of public health issues, organizations receiving donations will be selected by the speakers of the conference.
Kierra S. Barnett, Keynote Speaker
Dr. Kierra S. Barnett is a Racial and Health Equity Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. Her work focuses on the impact of social determinants of health (i.e. socioeconomic conditions, education, and natural, built and social environments) on racial and ethnic health inequities. Having joined the Kirwan Institute in 2013, Dr. Barnett has collaborated with state, county and city public health departments, as well as non-for-profit organizations, to assess health outcomes, such as infant mortality, and make policy and practice-based recommendations to address the disparities. Dr. Barnett recently received her Ph.D. in Public Health from The Ohio State University. She also holds a Masters of Public Health from OSU and a Bachelor’s of Science in Community Health from the University of Illinois.
3:00 - 4:00 PM: Advancing Social Changes for Improved Birth Outcomes
Jack Turman, Jr, Breakout Speaker
Jack Turman, Jr. is a Professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, and a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the IU School of MedicineDr. Turman is dedicated to growing education, research and outreach programs that optimize maternal and child health. After graduating with his bachelor’s degree from Washington University, St. Louis, he earned his Ph.D. from UCLA and completed his postdoctoral fellowship in the division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine. He was a faculty member for 15 years at the University of Southern California, where he founded and directed the Center for Premature Infant Health and Development, wherein he received recognition from the California Legislative bodies for his community engagement efforts to improve birth outcomes. As a program director at the University of Nebraska Medical Center he built The Connections Project, a community- based program to improve birth outcomes and infant development in Omaha’s African American community. During his tenure as dean of the College of Health and Human Services at Indiana State University, he was the academic lead of the Wabash Valley Healthy Moms and Babies Initiative to improve birth outcomes in rural Indiana. In 2016, he received a Fulbright Specialist Award in Global Public Health, through which he worked to develop the first MPH program in Morocco. At the Fairbanks School of Public Health, he is leading an initiative funded by Riley Children’s Foundation to train and mentor Grassroots Maternal and Child Health Leaders in Indiana zip codes at high risk for infant mortality. He also facilitates the Community Action Team of the Marion County Fetal and Infant Mortality Review Board.
Deborah D. Fisher, Breakout speaker
Deborah D. Fisher is a member of the Grassroots Maternal and Child Health Leaders Training Initiative, where she works toward promoting change in our communities to ensure the health and well-being for all pregnancies, infants, and families. Since becoming a grassroots leader, she has had the opportunity to receive training in community development strategies to address social, economic, environmental and political determinants of women’s and infants’ health, so that all women have the chance for a healthy pregnancy and all babies get the chance for a great start in life. Deborah, after 21 months in the program, is leading the Policy Development Group. The Policy group has begun working on two policies to present to lawmakers and other potential coalition partners which are; (1) Rights of grandparents caring for their minor grandchildren, and (2) Elimination of sales tax on diapers and other incontinence supplies for all who utilizes them, also included are feminine hygiene products.Deborah has had the opportunity to attend and speak at her first press conference at the Indiana State House surrounding Rep. Vanessa Summer’s announcement launching the Maternal Health Caucus to raise awareness and promote policies to reverse Indiana’s relatively high maternal and infant mortality rates. Deborah, as with all Grassroots Maternal and Child Health Leaders has written and presented her personal story describing her participation and desires as far as the GMCHL Initiative and she indicates that it is her desire for her story to inspire and give hope to others who have experienced maternal, and or infant mortality.
3:00 - 4:00 PM: Barriers to Successful Reentry