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JoiaJoia Crear-Perry, MD, is the Founder and President of the National Birth Equity Collaborative. Most recently, she addressed the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to urge a human rights framework to improve maternal mortality. Previously, she served as the Executive Director of the Birthing Project, Director of Women's and Children's Services at Jefferson Community Healthcare Center and as the Director of Clinical Services for the City of New Orleans Health Department where she was responsible for four facilities that provided health care for the homeless, pediatric, WIC, and gynecologic services within the New Orleans clinical service area. Dr. Crear-Perry continues to work to improve access and availability of affordable health care to New Orleans' citizens post the Hurricane Katrina disaster of 2005. After receiving her bachelor's trainings at Princeton University and Xavier University, Dr. Crear-Perry completed her medical degree at Louisiana State University and her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Tulane University's School of Medicine. She was also recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. A proud recipient of the Congressional Black Caucus Healthcare Hero's award, and the Maternal Health Task Force Maternal Health Visionary Award, Dr. Crear-Perry currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Community Catalyst, National Medical Association, and the New Orleans African American Museum.

EbonyEbony Marcelle, CNM, MS, FACNMis the Director of Midwifery at Community of Hope that includes Family Health and Birth Center. Formerly the Administrative Chief of Midwifery Service at Medstar Washington Hospital Center she completed her nursing education at Georgetown University and Midwifery at Philadelphia University. She was recognized by Save the Children for their "Real Award Midwife Honoree" in 2014. In 2015 she was recognized by the American College of Nurse Midwives with the "Young Whippersnapper" award for midwives excelling professionally with less than 10 years' experience. Last year she completed the Duke University and Johnson & Johnson Nursing Leadership Fellowship. Mrs Marcelle is known for her passion in midwifery and midwifery's role in social justice. She continues to build culturally aware midwifery with driven clinical models of care specifically for underserved African American women. She is currently serves on the following boards: March for Moms, National Association for the Advancement of Black Birth, and a collaborator with Black Mamas Matter. Most recently she was appointed to the District's Inaugural Maternal Mortality Review Committee. She resides in Washington, DC, with her husband, Step-son, and two fur-children.
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Kiddada Green, MAT, is Founding Executive Director, Black Mothers' Breastfeeding Association (BMBFA), co-founder of Black Breastfeeding Week, and lead consultant for the First Food Friendly Community Initiative. As an expert in community-centered approaches, she put forth recommendations for The U.S. Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding.  Ms. Green is also an esteemed member of the inaugural class of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Community Leadership Network Fellowship Program. She has attracted worldwide audiences with presentations for both GOLD Learning and iLactation. Her work has been published internationally in Breastfeeding Medicine, The Official Journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. Ms. Green has been featured in several acclaimed publications, including Ebony Magazine. She holds a Bachelor's degree from Michigan State University and a Master's Degree in the Art of Teaching from Oakland University.  .

SHANNON WELCH 2015 Head Shot.jpgShannon Welch, MPH, is a Director for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). She brings over 14 years of experience working in local public health in a variety of roles. Her current portfolio of projects includes work on IHI's Merck for Mothers initiative. She also supports incubation efforts to scale up identified, successful projects/initiatives across the United States and globally. Shannon previously worked with the 100 Million Healthier Lives initiative, focused on supporting individuals, organizations and communities in their efforts to learn and apply a set of Community of Solutions skills to accelerate population health improvement. She also led the States of Solutions initiative (supporting states to apply an equity lens to their improvement work to drive better outcomes) and led design and implementation efforts of a leadership development curriculum for the RWJF Health Policy Research Scholars program. Prior to joining IHI, Shannon worked for the Oklahoma City-County Health Department as the Division Director of Community Health. During her tenure with the agency, she had primary oversight for a broad portfolio of programs: Wellness Now (a 350-member, community-led coalition), chronic disease prevention, school health, tobacco use prevention, physical activity and nutrition, teen pregnancy prevention, fetal infant mortality review/maternal and child health outreach, WIC, Children First (Nurse Family Partnership) and employee wellness. Shannon is a graduate from the University of Oklahoma, where she earned a BS in Health and Sport Sciences. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.