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20th Annual Healthy Start Conference

October 19 - 23, 2019

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Deborah L. Frazier
Deborah Frazier currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the National Healthy Start Association. Ms. Frazier has a stellar national reputation having spent 30 years of her professional career in the field of maternal and child health. She is a past member of the HHS Secretary's Committee on Infant Mortality (SACIM), and the former Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Health for the State of Arkansas. Ms. Frazier has a long and very rich history with Healthy Start and the Association serving as grantee evaluator, technical advisor to projects, Project Director for New Orleans Healthy Start, founding member of the Association and past board member. In her role as Co-Chair of the Association's Development Committee, she was responsible for securing funding critical to the growth and expansion of the organization- establishing regional conferences, the Healthy Start Leadership Institute, and the Partnership Grant with AMCHP and CityMatCH. Ms. Frazier has lent her expertise and knowledge as a consultant to numerous national organizations including: The American Academy of Obstetricians and Gynecologists developing and implementing their National Fetal and Infant Mortality Review Program (NFIMR); the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) to evaluate community based programs; and to the National School Health Workgroup to develop national standards and policies for school health programs. She has provided consultation to community based programs across the country involving the development of strategic plans, needs assessments, and designing programs and services for those in need.

Sheree H. Keitt, DrPH, MPH, CHES, is the Senior Program Manager for the Supporting Healthy Start Performance Project (SHSPP) grant. She has 15 years of experience working in the nonprofit and public health sectors on the local, state and national levels. Sheree was a Senior Administrator/Advanced Health Policy Analyst at the Maryland Department of Health (MDH). She served as an expert program and policy advisor in the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. She managed programs focused on infant mortality reduction and child maltreatment, injury and fatality. Before MDH, Sheree was a Senior Program Analyst at the National Association of County and City Health Officials. She managed projects focused on maternal, child, and adolescent health, injury and violence prevention, and chronic disease prevention. Early in her career, Sheree worked in the community where she was raised as the Consortium Coordinator for the Kalamazoo County Healthy Start. Sheree also previously worked in maternal, child and adolescent health at the Anne Arundel County Department of Health (MD), Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential and the Center for Black Women’s Wellness, which a federal Healthy Start grantee. Sheree is committed to advancing equity and community resilience by addressing the social determinants of health to reduce disparities and improve population health outcomes.

Saanie Sulley, MD, PHD, MBA, is a data manager with the AIM-CCI project, providing data infrastructure and analytics support to participants in the project. He is a health infomatician with experience in medicine, clinical decisions support systems (CDSS), healthcare data integration and predictive modeling. His interests include utilizing healthcare data in improving health outcomes and gaining better understanding of care processes, health equity, social determinants of health and improving access to maternal pediatric care through quality improvement in these areas. Saanie earned his PhD from Rutgers University in biomedical informatics and an MBA in healthcare management from Columbia Southern University.

Kiaira Smith is the AIM CCI Program Coordinator. She is originally from Maplewood, NJ. Kiaira received her MPH from Mercer University in Atlanta, GA, and her B.S. in Health Science from The University of Hartford in Connecticut. With six years experience in the field of maternal child health and public health, she has worked in a variety of settings: hospitals, health departments, community organizations, nonprofits and government. Prior to joining NHSA, Kiaira managed a Prenatal Health Education program serving 88 pregnant women working to improve the rates of infant mortality, education and overall health for women of color and their families. Ms. Smith has also worked on Georgia's Title V National Measures and Strategies "Performance Measure One," to identify barriers that prevent women from receiving preventive health care visits, also known as "Well-Woman VIsits." Other relatable experience includes providing administrative support, community planning and disease investigation.

Hida Reese is the Program Coordinator for the NICHQ SHSPP grant. She has more than 15 years of workplace experience and a diverse work portfolio, serving in positions for non-profit organizations, the private and public sector. Prior to joining NHSA, Hida worked at the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) on projects related to maternal and child health, chronic disease prevention and environmental health. While at NACCHO, Hida provided administrative support as well as training and technical assistance to grantees, members and consultants.

Bea Haskins, MS, has been NHSA's Communications Coordinator since 2016. However, her NHSA story goes back way before then! Bea is a longtime special events coordinator and nonprofit organizational consultant. Formerly a member of the Senior Management Team at the original Healthy Start project in Baltimore, Bea was involved in the formation of NHSA in 1999, working with one of the founding board members on our incorporation and attainment of our 501(c)(3) status. In fact, for NHSA's first 11 years, NHSA's office was in Bea's home office in Baltimore. Bea was the logistics coordinator for NHSA's annual conferences from 2000-2008, as well as 12 regional conferences held in 2004 and 2006 around the country. As Operations Manager during that time, Bea handled the day-to-day operations of the Association, wrote or assisted on grant proposals and reports and just about anything that needed her organizational touch. Bea left NHSA in 2008 to pursue other interests, but was persuaded back in 2016 to tackle a project that CEO Deborah Frazier said, "Only you can do it!" Deborah then convinced Bea to stay on to assume her earlier role as newsletter editor. Today Bea not only does the monthly newsletter, Getting off to a Healthy Start (which Bea actually named back in 1999), but other communications and tasks as requested. In addition to the work she does with NHSA, Bea works with other nonprofits and is on the board of directors of the Hanover (PA) Area Historical Society.

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