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National Healthy Start Association (NHSA) hosting 12th Annual Spring Conference

WASHINGTON, DC - March 4, 2011:The National Healthy Start Association (NHSA) will be hosting their 12th Annual Spring Conference themed, Healthy Start 20 Years and Beyond: Improving the Health of Families, March 6-9 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.

The conference will include several workshop sessions and forums that are open to the public. There will be three main Plenary sessions, the first beginning on Monday morning entitled The Voice of Healthy Start featuring families who have benefited from Healthy Start services, the second and third on Tuesday -- Strategies for Success: Moving Healthy Start Forward Another 20 Years in the morning and Thinking Outside of the Box: Innovative Strategies to Advance Healthy Start in the afternoon. On Tuesday morning, the Assistant Secretary of Health, Howard Koh, MD, and Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, Administrator for the Human Services and Resource Administration will bring greetings to conference attendees.

Workshop session topics include Community Voice: Taking it to the People; A Study of Depression, Substance Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence Among Pregnant Women; and Support Circles for African American Fathers to name a few. The conference will culminate with a kick-off rally to prepare conference participants as they head to Capitol Hill to meet with their respective Senators and Members of Congress about the importance of supporting Healthy Start programs in communities.

"This year we are celebrating 20 years of the Healthy Start Initiative", says Stacey D. Cunningham, Executive Director, National Healthy Start Association. "What an amazing accomplishment for what began as a demonstration project in just 15 cities in 1991 to 104 in 2011. We are excited and thrilled to welcome over 500 attendees to the nation's capital as we kick off this celebration at our 12th Annual Spring Conference. We have leading experts from around the country presenting on cutting edge information and sharing innovative strategies to continue our mission of improving the health of our families!"

Camara Jones, MD, MPH is the keynote speaker at the Monday luncheon of the NHSA 12th Annual Spring conference. Dr. Jones is a family physician and epidemiologist whose work focuses on the impacts of racism on the health and well-being of the nation. She is the Research Director on Social Determinants of Health and Equity in the Epidemiology and Analysis Program Office at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Jones is also a Co-Chair of the Healthy People 2020 Social Determinants of Health Workgroup.

Michael C. Lu MD, MPH is also a speaker at this year's conference. He is an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology and public health at UCLA. Voted one of the best doctors in America since 2005, Dr. Lu also teaches obstetrics and gynecology and maternal and child health at UCLA. He has done extensive research regarding preconception health, as well as the racial and ethnic disparities that effect maternal and child health.

Adewale Troutman, MD, MPH former Director of Health of Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and current Director of the USF Public Health Practice and Public Health Leadership Institute will also be speaking. Dr. Troutman has a distinguished record of achievement in public health leadership, research, and advocacy. He was a featured public health expert in the ground-breaking PBS documentary series Unnatural Causes: Is inequality making us sick?


Lisa Bernstein, the Executive Director of the What to Expect Foundation, is also a guest speaker at the NHSA Annual Spring Conference. Ms. Bernstein and Heidi Murkoff started The What To Expect Foundation with the simple mission of creating a lower-literacy pregnancy guide that addresses the needs of underserved pregnant families.