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2020 Annual Forum

The Maternal and Mental Health FORUM is the conference where change agents come to convene, collaborate and take in cutting edge content to close gaps in care.

2020 Annual Forum

2020 Mom Annual Maternal and Mental Health FORUM

This year’s FORUM theme was We Can Do More in celebration of reaching the year 2020. This year’s program focused on the work that is yet to be done to ensure women and families receive the maternity care and mental health care they deserve. Throughout the two day event, we addressed pathways to transform systems of care and access to the right care at the right time at the right price. This included discussions about technology, employer strategies, regulatory levers and more.

Here’s a few of our favorite shots and posts from the FORUM:

#MMHForum2020 #WeCanDoMore

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2020 Annual Forum

Missed the 2020 Mom FORUM? Watch the video recordings.

Intro & Personal Story, Steven D’Achille
Clinical Keynote – Two Generations, One Future: How Mothers Brains Evolve During Early Parenting – Pilyoung Kim, PhD
Panel: Insurers and Employers – Mod: Blair Dudley, MPH – Rick Hecht, MBA – Pooja Mittal, MD – Pooja Mittal, MD – Jennifer Moore, PhD, RN, FAAN – Carole Men…
Panel: Peer Support for All of Us – Mod: Rebecca Alderfer, MPP – Lisa Melchior, PhD – Michelle Lacy, MA, LPC, PMH-C – Arne Beck – Sonya Young Aadam – Hasan…
Panel: Measuring Impact in Maternal Mental Health – Mod: Stephanie Teleki, PhD, MPH – Sepheen Byron – Christine Rinki, MPA – Carol Sakala​, PhD, MSPH
Closing Keynote: Motherly’s United State of Motherhood Report & 2020 the Year of the Mother – Jill Koziol – Joy Burkhard – Mary Beth Ferrante

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Opening Keynote
Pilyoung Kim, PhD, is an associate professor in the department of psychology and the director of Family and Child Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of Denver. Dr. Kim researches the structural and functional plasticity in mothers’ brains, and how such plasticity supports parents’ psychological adaptation to parenting and sensitive caregiving for their infants. As part of her keynote, she will discuss the early postpartum period as a window of vulnerabilities and opportunities when the parental brain is influenced by stress and psychopathology, but also susceptible to interventions.

Closing Keynote
Jill Koziol
Co-Founder & CEO of Motherly

State of Motherhood Report & 2020 the Year of the Mother

Aviril (Apple) Sepulveda, OTD, MS, OTR/L, BCP, SCFES

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Joy Burkhard, MBA

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Steven D’Achille

Alexis Joy D’Achille Foundation for Postpartum Depression
Moira Kenney, PhD

First 5 Association of California
David Lloyd, MBA

The Kennedy Forum
Tim Clement, MPH

American Psychiatric Association
Megan Phillips, PsyD, PMH-C

Practicing MMH Psychologist
Melissa Hanna, JD, MBA

Mahmee Co-Founder
Mona Patel, MD

Children’s Hospital L.A.- Altamed Medical Group Partnership
Blair Dudley, MPH

Pacific Business Group on Health
Rick Hecht, MBA

Willis Towers Watson
Lisa Melchior, PhD

The Measurement Group, 2020 Mom’s Certified Peer Specialist Study
Stephanie Teleki, PhD, MPH

California Health Care Foundation
Kara Zivin, PhD, MS, MA

Mathematica Policy Research
Rebecca Alderfer, MPP

The ZOMA Foundation
Pam Belluck

New York Times Journalist – Maternal Mental Health
Barbara Sheehy, MS

CommonSpirit Health (Formerly Dignity Health
Christine Morton, PhD

California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative
Michelle Lacy, MA, LPC, PMH-C

Women’s Health Innovations of AZ
Rahil Briggs, PsyD

Zero to Three
Stuart Lustig, MD

Cigna Behavioral Health
Yasmin Regan

Mom who suffered from PPD
Sarah Haight

Associate Director at Ascend at the Aspen Institute
Diana Ramos, MD, MPH

California Dept. of Public Health
Sepheen Byron

Assistant Vice President, Performance Measurement at National Committee for Quality Assurance
Christine Rinki, MPA

CA Dept of Public Health, Maternal Child Health Division, State Public Health Department Surveys addressing MMH
Jennifer E. Moore, PhD, RN, FAAN

Institute for Medicaid Innovation
Pooja Mittal, MD

HealthNet Doula Program
Arne Beck

Senior Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Colorado Institute for Health Research
Sonya Young Aadam

CEO, California Black Women’s Health Project

Melaney Lubey

Maternal Health Activist
Kelly McGrady

Indigenous Mother
Carole Mendoza

Director, Global Health Benefits & Wellness Strategy, IBM
Carol Sakala, PhD, MSPH

Director of Childbirth Connection Programs
Hasana Nine (Dorsey)

CEO of Hasana9-exchange

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Complying with CA MMH Law:

Beth Stephens-Hennessy

Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist at
Sutter Health

Maternal Mental Health – Home Visiting

Lili McGuinness, LCSW, CLE

Psychotherapist, trainer and manager

Gabrielle Kaufman, MA,LPCC,BC-DMT,NCC,PMH-C

Clinical Director of Maternal Mental Health NOW

State of the Community

Andrea Crook


CPT Codes/Billing for Maternal Mental Health Screening and Treatment:

Maureen Fura

CEO and Co-Founder of MomsWell

Melissa Guevara

COO and Co-Founder of MomsWell

Federal and State Trends in Maternal Mental Health Policy:

Joy Burkhard, MBA

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Katrina Velasquez

Founder, Center Road Solutions

Caring for the Caregiver:

Nkem Ndefo, MSN, CNM, RN

President of Lumos Transforms

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Review the full working agenda and objectives of each session here.

Wednesday, Feb 12, 2020

Opening Remarks, Personal Story & Keynote: Two Generations One Future

Responsive Panel:
Maternal Mental Health & Pediatric Brains
Featuring the Aspen Institute

Accessing Mental Health Care:
Mental Health Parity Why it Matters and What’s Next Featuring The Kennedy Forum

Lunch and Breakout Sessions

Transforming Systems of Care – Hospital Systems and FQHCs Leading the Way, Featuring Mahmee

The Loneliness Epidemic,
Cigna’s Study Results including
Mothers and Loneliness

Insurers (Payors) and Employers:
Doing More for Mothers and Babies, Featuring Willis Towers Watson

Thursday, Feb 13, 2020

Welcome Remarks

Peer Support for All of Us, Featuring HealthNet’s Doula Program & an MMH Certified Peer Specialist

Maternal Suicide, The Latest Report From CMQCC

The Cost of Untreated MMH Disorders: The Mathematica Study

Lunch and Breakout Sessions

Measuring Impact: How Will We Know Moms Are Getting Help?
Featuring the New HEDIS Measure

Affinity Group Table Discussions

Closing Keynote:
State of Motherhood Report
& 2020 The Year of the Mother

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Materials and highlights from previous forums are available.