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19th Annual Spring Conference
March 26-28 2018

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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. 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.

Rachael M. Ruffin, MSPH

Ms. Ruffin serves as the current Program Manager for the National Healthy Start Association. Her responsibilities include coordination with and data collection for grantees under various NHSA grants.  Rachael oversees activities for the Healthy Start Leadership Training Institute, CDC Learn the Signs, Act Early and Legacy, and CMS Navigator program.  

Ms. Ruffin possesses a vast background in Maternal and Child Health. With experience in conference and event management, program implementation and evaluation, and survey design and analysis, Rachael has worked with NHSA grantees and the March of Dimes. 

Ms. Ruffin’s interest in NHSA is linked to her background in Medical Technology. As a tech, the disparaging clinical diagnoses of newborns led her to channel her healthcare services to prevention rather than treatment. Rachael received her Master of Science in Public Health from Meharry Medical College and her Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from Tennessee State University.  




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