Enduring Material: Improving Immigrant Mothers’ Maternal Outcomes through Health Advocacy, Equity, and Literacy

The third annual Immigrant and Refugee Health Conference will focus on maternal health. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, people of color will represent most of the U.S. population by 2050, yet significant racial and ethnic disparities persist in women’s health and health care. Although socioeconomic status accounts for some of these disparities, factors at the patient, practitioner, and health care system levels contribute to existing and evolving disparities in women’s health outcomes. 

The conference will focus on some of the health challenges faced by expectant refugees and immigrants, offering critical understanding and practical knowledge that can be used to enrich providers’ competency and skills to foster a culture of health advocacy, equity, and literacy. Local and national experts will discuss peripartum period barriers to care faced by immigrant and refugee mothers,  how current policies and procedures affect access to care, and providing immigrants and refugees with accurate, culturally sensitive information and care.
Subtopics will include breastfeeding, patient advocacy, public benefit programs, health literacy, and health equity.

Other Healthcare$30

Enduring material credits expire  October 30, 2022

Target Audience

This conference is intended for medical providers, physicians, social workers, case workers, nursing professionals, health care providers, human services providers, and community members.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify how to understand the need of immigrant and refugee mothers and how to provide culturally competent care.
  2. Design new maternal health interventions of care specific to immigrant patients.
  3. Discuss care plans that take cultural aspects into consideration when treating immigrant mothers.
  4. Identify existing resources and providers that are specialized in providing care to immigrant mothers.
  5. Discuss communication skills that apply to cultural competency, humility, and intercultural practice.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 4.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 4.75 APA
  • 4.75 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Course director
Eric Lantzman, MD

Co-Director of Division of Family Planning and Ryan Program Allegheny Women’s Health

Keynote speakers
Rose L. Molina, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Biology Beth Israel Deaconess Medical 
Center and The Dimock Center
Harvard Medical School

Ngozi Tibbs, MPH, LCCE, IBCLC
Maternal and Child Health Educator, Lactation Consultant,
Sankofa Childbirth Education and Lactation Services

Invited faculty
Beda Dhital, MA
Medical Assistant Allegheny Women’s Health
Leslie Hernandez, BSW,BD
Doula/Community Health Worker Allegheny Health Network

Katie Hyre, LCCE
Project Coordinator Center for Inclusion Health Allegheny Health Network

Hanifa Nakiryowa, MA, MID
Global Health Associate Jewish Healthcare Foundation

Aurora Ortiz, B.S., BD
Doula/Community Health Worker Allegheny Health Network

Prita Pradhan, BD
Doula/Community Health Worker Allegheny Health Network

Amira Seoudy, B.A., AST, BD
Doula/Community Health Worker Allegheny Health Network

Marcela Anita Souza, LCCE, BD (DONA), CLC
Childbirth Educator and Doula

Pabitra Timsina, BD
Doula/Community Health Worker Allegheny Health Network

Syreeta Gordon, BD
Founder & Operations Director Kangaroo Birthing &
Maternity Concierge


Allegheny General Hospital is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Allegheny General Hospital designates this enduring material for a maximum of 4.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit   Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Psychological Association (APA) is a preapproved provider of continuing education courses and programs for social workers and clinical social workers, and can be used towards re-licensure.

Available Credit

  • 4.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 4.75 APA
  • 4.75 Attendance


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