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Friday, January 27, 2023

8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Location: Southern Regional AHEC, Third floor classrooms

1601 Owen Drive, Fayetteville, NC 28304

**Please note this event has changed locations as of January 6, 2023. There are delays at Cape Fear Valley Center for Medical Education and Research that prohibit us from being fully operational. Thank you for your understanding

Over the last decade, North Carolina’s (NC) mortality ratios associated with pregnancy have increased by 33 percent. Trends show striking health differences among specific racial and ethnic populations, which persist despite recent advances. Particularly, women of color experience a disproportionate number of maternal deaths and adverse obstetric and perinatal outcomes. The purpose of the Southern Regional NC OB/GYN Conference is to strengthen the system of care for obstetrical and gynecological (OB/GYN) patients and aim to decrease maternal mortality with a focus on disparities by 1) Engaging interdisciplinary providers and residents from receiving and referring hospitals throughout the southern region of NC and 2) Providing updates on the latest maternal and infant health issues and evidence-based practices.

Keynote Speaker

Maternal Health Inequities in NC: What Can We Do

to Reduce Them?

Jennifer Tang, MD, MSCR is an Associate Professor in the UNC Department of OB-GYN. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Rice University, medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine, and residency at Brigham & Women’s and Massachusetts General Hospitals. She then completed her master’s in clinical research at UNC. She lived in Lilongwe, Malawi from 2012-2017, where she was involved in research, teaching, and clinical work. Her research focuses on international family planning, cervical cancer prevention, and maternal health. She is co-principal investigator for the ACURE4Moms study, which aims to decrease maternal health inequities in North Carolina.

  • Participants will be able to describe the history of maternal health inequities in the US.
  • Participants will be able to identify evidence-based strategies on how to decrease these inequities.


Prenatal Care: The Importance of Folic Acid

Michaela Penix, MPH is the March of Dimes Director of Maternal Infant Health for North Carolina. She has her bachelor’s degree in biology and master’s in public health with a concentration in health behavior and program evaluation, along with graduate certificates in women’s studies and ethnic and rural health disparities. She has worked to improve the health of communities for nearly 20 years, with a focus on women’s and children’s health and safety. Michaela is passionate about health equity, social justice, and overall efforts to uplift the community. In her spare time, Michaela enjoys traveling, volunteering, and spending time with her family, friends, and sweet puppy, Sarabi.

  • Participants will be able to describe the role of folic acid in the early stages of fetal development 
  • Participants will be able to identify two effective strategies in supporting individuals of reproductive age in consuming the recommended daily amounts of folic acid.

Perinatal Mental Health and Moments for Empowering Our Patients

Mary Kimmel, MD, is an Assistant Professor in the tenure track, Medical Director of NC Maternal Mental Health MATTERS program, and Director of UNC’s Perinatal Psychiatry Program. Dr. Kimmel’s research is focused on improving screening and assessment to improve personalization of treatment through the blending of patient’s history, self-reported symptoms, and biomarkers. She studies the relationship of the microbiota-gut-brain axis, stress reactivity, and emotional regulation across pregnancy and the postpartum period. She has experience in obstetrics and in support of the parent-child attachment which she applies to her research. NC MATTERS is a consultative and education perinatal mental health program for frontline providers who care for perinatal individuals and their infants. The NIMH, HRSA, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation and the Foundation of Hope funding support Dr. Kimmel’s work.

  • Participants will be able to review mental wellness plans including assessment, when to refer, triaging around mental health risks such as suicidality, and the role of NC MATTERS in supporting all of these.
  • Participants will be able to describe the “risk”/”risk” analysis regarding any medications patients may take during pregnancy and with lactation, and the role of NC MATTERS in support.

Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnancy and a New Era of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Management

Alan “Shay” Davis, MD is an obstetrician-gynecologist specializing in obstetrics and gynecology, addiction medicine, and family medicine. He currently practices at Fayetteville Women’s Care and is affiliated with Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. He is a 1994 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed his internship and residency at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia in 1998. He is a board-certified fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a member of the American Medical Association and the American College of Gynecological Laparoscopists.

Kristen B. Coggin, MD is a neonatologist and the medical director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, where she has been on staff for 10 years. She completed her undergraduate and medical degrees at East Carolina University, her pediatric residency at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and her neonatology fellowship at Wake Forest University. During fellowship, she completed a master’s program in Bioethics. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, watching football, and trying to learn the game of golf.

  • Participants will be able to review medication assisted treatment of opioid use disorder in pregnant patients.
  • Participants will be able to introduce Eat Sleep Console with emphasis on "Mom as the Morphine."

Guidelines for Cervical Cancer Screening

Kerianne Crockett, MD is an obstetrician-gynecologist on faculty at the East Carolina University (ECU) Brody School of Medicine and ECU Health Medical Center in Greenville, NC. She was raised in the greater Charlotte area and attended North Carolina State University. She then attended Ross University School of Medicine and completed residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at ECU. After completing her residency training, she joined the ECU OB/GYN faculty. She is devoted to teaching resident and medical students and to improving the care of people throughout the state. When not at work Dr. Crockett and her husband can usually be found exploring NC with their two little boys. 

  • Participants will be able to review current ASCCP guidelines for cervical cancer screening.

Every Drop Counts: Managing Postpartum Hemorrhage

Christopher J Crellin, MD completed undergraduate training in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in biology at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. He then commissioned into the US Army, also in 2010, and attended the Uniformed Service University School of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland, graduating in 2014. Dr. Crellin completed residency training in gynecologic surgery and obstetrics at Tripler Army Medical Center in Oahu, Hawaii in 2018. He has served as a staff physician at numerous military treatment facilities including Martin Army Community Hospital (Ft. Benning, Georgia), Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (Landstuhl, Germany), and Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center (Ft. Hood, Texas). Dr. Crellin has conducted operations as a field surgeon for multiple units within the US Army Forces Command and deployed with the 3rd Infantry Division 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team in 2020. He currently practices as full-time faculty and Medical Student Coordinator within Womack Army Medical Center’s Department of Women’s Health in Ft. Bragg.

  • Participants will be able to identify risk factors for postpartum hemorrhage (PPH).
  • Participants will be able to discuss stages for PPH.
  • Participants will be able to discuss treatment and management for PPH.

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