Pregnant Black woman

The Challenging Landscape of Reproductive Health for Women of Color: Psychological & Emotional Impact

9:00am - October 13, 2023 | Timezone: US/Eastern
Central East MHTTC
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Howard University
Armour J. Blackburn University Center (West Ballroom)
2397 6th Street, NW
Washington, DC  20059


The Central East Mental Health Technology Transfer Center is co-hosting the “The Challenging Landscape of Reproductive Health for Women of Color: Psychological & Emotional Impact” Conference with the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Xi Omega Chapter. Pregnancy and the postpartum period can be a vulnerable time as many women face multiple physical and mental health stressors. The purpose of this conference is to discuss these stressors, stimulate dialogue, and provide evidence-based practices to support the health, well-being, and recovery of pregnant, postpartum and parenting-affected women. 


Exploring the Intersection of Local Policies, Black Women's Reproductive Health, and Mental Well-Being


Natasha Dupee, M.Ed., MPH, Executive Director, D.C. Mayor’s Office on Women’s Policy and Initiatives

Diane J. Young, RN, BS, MS, Prince George’s County Health Department, Director, Family Health Services Division

Mia Keeys, BA, MA, Director of Federal Affairs, Hologic, Inc.

Barbara Bazron, PhD, Director, D.C. Department of Behavioral Health (Moderator)

Clinical Guidance in Identifying the Physical and Psychological Symptoms of Reproductive Health Challenges 


Erica Contreras, MD, University of Maryland Charles Community Medical Group - Women’s Health

Shivonne Odom, LCPC, LPC, PMH-C, Founder, Akoma Counseling Concepts, LLC

Nadine Eads, RN, Sibley Memorial Hospital (Moderator)

Addressing Intimate Partner Violence, Perinatal, and Postpartum Depression in Black Women: Confronting the Impact of Racism, Discrimination, and Stigma


Erica Richards, MD, PhD, Chair and Medical Director, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Sibley Memorial Hospital

Dara King, MD, FACOG, Physician/OB Hospitalist, Pediatrix Medical Group

Tonya M. Brown, Ed.D., Baltimore City Community College (Moderator)

Dismantling Myths and Erasing Stigma: Navigating the Infertility Journey


Angela Stepancic, M.Ed., Founder, Reproductive Village Cryobank

Marissa Nelson, LMFT, CST, CSE, Founder & CEO, IntimacyMoons

Pamela Johnson, MS, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Xi Omega Chapter 

Gail McDonald, MD, Inova Medical Group - Obstetrics and Gynecology (Moderator)