Speakers

Patricia Alridge, Jeff Calaway, Catherine Colquitt, Kellie Flood-Shaffer, Marie Guadagno, Joel Hunt, Terri Major-Kincade, Amy Raines-Milenkov, Ann Salyer-Caldwell, Justin Smith

Patricia Alridge, BSN, RNC-OB, MHA

Co-Chair of Tarrant County Infant Health Network
Executive Director Women’s, Infants’ and Children’s Services
JPS Health Network
Fort Worth, Texas

Patricia Alridge is the Executive Director of Nursing at JPS Health Network Fort Worth, with responsibility for Women & Infant’s Inpatient Services together with 3 Health Centers for Women Outpatient Clinics. She is also responsible for 1115 waiver grants for supporting women’s health, breastfeeding & pre-conception/interconception care and education.

She is a March of Dimes board member & Chair of the March of Dimes Programs & Services Committee; a member of the Texas Breastfeeding Coalition; and is serving as a board member for the Mother’s Milk Bank of North Texas; is co-chair of the Infant Health Network; is interim chair of the Tarrant County Breastfeeding Coalition. She also volunteered for a Symposium on Empowering Women, Engines of Change Sister Cities/Worth Women’s Policy Forum trip to Toluca Mexico.

Patricia began her nursing & midwifery careers in 1982 & 1986 respectively in London England. She immigrated with her family to Vancouver, B.C. Canada in 1987. In 1997 Patricia’s family immigrated to Texas. She earned her BSN in 2006 from the University of Victoria B.C. Canada & earned her Master of Science in Health Care Administration from University of Texas Arlington in 2008.

Patricia’s passion for women’s health & advocacy for breastfeeding stem from her midwifery background.

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Jeff Calaway

Senior Content Specialist
Cook Children's Health Care System
Fort Worth, Texas

Jeff Calaway runs Cook Children’s Health Care System’s Checkup Daily Newsroom. He uses his background as a journalist to make sure the newsroom contains the latest in pediatric health care news. He makes up for a small staff by working with a multitude of contributors from across the system, including pediatricians, specialists, child psychologists, Child Life specialists, injury prevention experts … if they are an expert on a topic, he finds them and uses them. He has recruited more than 60 physician contributors and currently averages 73,000 sessions a month. In three years, the newsroom reached more than 9.9 million total and 5 million unique views. The online newsroom covers trending topics, interesting tidbits, fresh parenting tips and the latest medical advice from the experts at Cook Children’s. He informs parents and the community, while reaching a national and international audience that is now on the media’s radar when it needs a news story.

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Catherine Colquitt, MD

Local Health Authority & Medical Health Director
Tarrant County Public Health
Fort Worth, Texas

Board certified in Internal Medicine and in Infectious Diseases. I am a Fort Worth native, graduated with a BA in Biology and French from TCU in 1981, graduated from Southwestern Medical School in 1985, and completed an Internal Medicine residency and chief residency at UTHSCSA in 1989, and completed an Infectious Diseases fellowship at UTHSCD in 1991. I returned to practice ID in Fort Worth in 1991 and maintain active hospital and office infectious diseases practices and treat under-resourced HIV patients at TCPH PMC.

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Kellie Flood-Shaffer, MD, FACOG

Associate Professor and Vice-Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology,
UNT Health Science Center
Fort Worth, Texas

Dr. Kellie Flood-Shaffer graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine. She completed her Internship and Residency at University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Texas.

Specializing in the field of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Dr. Flood-Shaffer is prepared to provide comprehensive care for the reproductive system in women. Obstetrics is the term for women's care during the prenatal and pregnant states, while gynecology covers care for general women's health in a non-pregnant state.

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Marie Guadagno, PhD

University of Texas at Austin
Stan Richards School of Advertising & Public Relations
Moody College of Communication
Austin, Texas

Marie's primary research focuses on maternal and child health. She is interested in how to effectively communicate health initiatives and the audience's receptivity to such messaging. In conjunction, she is also interested in eHealth and telemedicine. Most recently, her work has been published in Health Communication and the American Journal of Men’s Health. She has also presented at annual conferences of The University of Texas at Austin Center for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Research in Underserved Populations and the Australasian Telehealth Society’s conference.

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Joel Hunt, PA-C

Care Connections
JPS Health Network
Fort Worth, Texas

A physician assistant, Hunt leads a team dedicated to improving the lives of those who live unsheltered, connecting them to care at JPS and reducing reliance on emergency services. Among his patients are those who visit the Emergency Department more than 50 times a year.

He is a pioneer in the field of street medicine, providing care in homeless camps, under bridges and in homeless shelters — meeting people, as he says, “in their own reality,” providing hands-on care and coordinating with community partner organizations to provide services from substance abuse treatment and mental health therapy to permanent assisted housing.

A former surgical tech and combat medic in the Army, Hunt started practicing medicine on the streets after earning his master’s in physician assistant studies from the University of Utah. Originally intent on caring for underserved populations overseas, he started working with homeless patients and realized, “The same desperate need I was looking to meet in other countries was right in front of my face, in my own city.”

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Terri Major-Kincade, MD, MPH

Neonatologist
Private Practice
Dallas, Texas

Dr. Major-Kincade, board certified in pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine, received her medical degree from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine/Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. She completed her pediatric residency at the University of Texas Southwestern at Dallas/Children’s Medical Center. She completed her neonatal-perinatal fellowship training at the University of Texas Southwestern at Dallas and the University of Texas Houston School of Medicine.

Her research interests include long-term follow up and quality of life of high-risk infants, discharge planning for preterm infants, ethical decision-making in the NICU and physician-parent communication.

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Amy Raines-Milenkov, DrPH

Assistant Professor
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
UNT Health Science Center
Chair, Infant Health Network
Fort Worth, Texas

Dr. Raines Milenkov is Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology with expertise in maternal and child health. Her academic background is in the area of social work and public health. Her community-based research is focused on pregnancy and birth outcomes of vulnerable populations including refugee women, prostituting women, and women with previous adverse birth outcomes. In 2014, she was awarded a five-year grant from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services for the Healthy Start: Eliminating Healthy Start Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health program. This intervention uses outreach, education and home visitation case management to provide services to women, their infants and partners before, during and following pregnancy.

She was recently appointed by the Texas Commissioner of Health to serve a five-year term as a member of the Texas Department of State Health Services Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force. The task force is charged with studying and reviewing pregnancy-related deaths and trends in severe maternal morbidity, and with making recommendations to help reduce such incidents. Dr. Raines-Milenkov leads the Building Bridges Initiative, a three-year community-based project funded by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas that provides culturally and linguistically appropriate lay health educator outreach, education and woman-centered cancer screening services to refugee women.

Dr. Raines-Milenkov serves as Chair of the Tarrant County Infant Health Network, is a member of the Texas Refugee and Immigrant Women’s Association, and is a member of the Texas Collaborative for Healthy Babies.

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Ann Salyer-Caldwell, MPH, RDN/LD

Associate Director for Community Health Promotion
Tarrant County Public Health
Past Chair, Tarrant County Infant Health Network
Fort Worth, Texas

Ann Salyer-Caldwell is the associate director of Community Health Promotion at Tarrant County Public Health. She is responsible for oversight of public health preparedness, chronic disease prevention, immunizations and maternal and child health activities. She holds a bachelor degree in dietetics from the University of Tennessee and a Masters in Public Health from the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Ms. Salyer-Caldwell has 30 years of public health experience in Texas and Louisiana. She is a retired Captain in the US Navy Reserve with direct patient care as well as operations planning for field hospitals and humanitarian missions experience. Ms. Salyer-Caldwell is the past chair of the Tarrant County Infant Health Network and the chair of the Tarrant County Food Policy Council. She also serves on committees for the Texas Collaborative for Healthy Mothers and Babies, University of North Texas School of Public Health and Texas Christian University. She serves on the boards of Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County and Senior Citizens of Tarrant County. Ms. Salyer-Caldwell is an adjunct professor at the University Of North Texas Health Sciences Center School Of Public Health.

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Justin Smith, MD

Pediatrician, Digital Innovator
Cook Children's Physician Network
Fort Worth, Texas

Dr. Smith grew up in a small town outside of Abilene, Texas. He attended University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School and did his pediatric training at Baylor College of Medicine. He joins Cook Children's after practicing in his hometown of Abilene for four years. He has a particular interest in development, behavior and care for children struggling with obesity. In his spare time, he enjoys playing with his 3 young children, exercising, reading and writing about parenting and pediatric health issues.

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