Speakers

Anjali Desai, Jennifer Edwards, Martha Felini, Tammy Hoff, Lamont Lovelace, Jann Miles, Micky Moerbe, Samantha Morton, Stephanie Norton, Anisha Philips, Amy Raines-Milenkov, Kristi Sitton-Furnival, Misty Wilder

Anjali Desai, MPH

Project Manager
JPS Health Network
Fort Worth, Texas

Anjali Desai is the DSRIP Project Manager in the Women’s Division at JPS Health Network in Fort Worth and serves as the Co-Chair of the Tarrant County Infant Health Network. Anjali majored in Psychology and Spanish at DePauw University and later received her Master of Public Health from Emory University. Anjali has worked in women’s health for six years, including the fields of women’s mental health, breast health, and prenatal and postpartum health.

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Jennifer Edwards, PhD, GCIS

Dr. Jennifer J. Edwards, PhD, GCIS, is Founder of Vitalitea wellness brand and an advocate for equity in health and education. Jennifer serves as Principal Research Scientist at the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI), and has led research and evaluation projects for U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other federal health agencies. She also served at the U.S. Chemical Safety Board where she wrote presidential appointee testimony on occupational health submitted to the US Congressional Record. She previously led the Dallas County Community Health Needs Assessment while on staff at DCHHS and was a member of the Fetal Infant Mortality Review committee. Jennifer earned a doctoral degree (PhD) in Health Communication & Culture specializing in Breast Cancer Screening in rural South Africa; and a Graduate Certificate in International Studies (GCIS) from Howard University. She has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, magna cum laude, from Florida A&M University. Jennifer serves the community as Vice President of DFW FAMU Alumni Association and on TruCare Charitable Clinic’s volunteer team.

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Martha Felini, PhD MPH DC

Associate Professor,
Department of Pediatrics,
UNT Health Science Center,
Fort Worth, Texas

Dr Felini is an epidemiologist with over ten years experience in cancer health disparities Supported with funding from NIH and the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas this work has focused on understanding the complex intersections of environment genetic and social determinants of cancer risk among vulnerable and hard to reach populations Using new data collected from truck stop sex workers through a novel diversion initiative in partnership with law enforcement and 35 community stakeholders Dr Felini secured major funding to serve women diverted from the streets with trauma sensitive cancer prevention education and well woman exams Findings from these initiatives were instrumental in creating the first high risk potential victims DNA database enhancing intelligence on trafficking and changing Texas law in 2012 Dr Felini also collaborates on other community level prevention programs serving refugees and connecting high risk women to needed resources that will protect the health of women and families before during and after pregnancy Dr Felini received her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of North CarolinaChapel Hill

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Tammy Hoff, DNP, RN, NE-BC

Nurse Manager
NICU
Cook Children's Medical Center
Fort Worth, Texas

Tammy began her career at Cook Children’s Medical Center in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit almost 30 years ago with the last 24 years as a nurse leader within the same unit. During this time, she has enjoyed tremendous opportunities in the advancement of clinical nursing in the neonatal setting. As medicine in continually evolving, so to in nursing care and Tammy has been able to facilitate these continual changes in a very large neonatal environment.

Tammy recently completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Regis University with a capstone project focused on the breastfeeding knowledge of the pediatric nurse. She believes that all healthcare providers have a basic knowledge of breastfeeding and how to support the breastfeeding mother an infant. In addition to breastfeeding, Tammy also has an interest in how to support families in their journey through the complex NICU environment.

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Lamont Lovelace, BA

Project HIP (Health Information is Power)
Tarrant County Public Health
Arlington, Texas

Lamont Lovelace is the program manager of Project HIP (Health Information is Power). Lamont has been with Tarrant County since 2010, he moved to the DFW area in 2010, from Kansas City, MO. Lamont previously worked at the Kansas City Health Department as an Epidemiologist form 2006-2010. He has been in the Public Health field for over 12 years. Lamont received his BA in interdisciplinary Studies from Columbia College in 2006. He is currently attending Amberton University studying to receive his Masters degree as a Licensed Professional Counseling (LPC).

Project HIP is a Program that was developed to combat the rise of STD/HIV infection in 14-24 year olds in Tarrant County. HIP is a train the trainer concept meaning HIP staff will train your staff or facility members to teach STD/HIV education. HIP teaches about bacterial viral infection and how these infections are transmitted and how to protect yourself from contracting an STI.

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Jann Miles, MA

Strategic Planning Director
Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County
Arlington, Texas

Jann Miles has lived in the Fort Worth/Arlington area for most of her life. She is the Strategic Planning Director for Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County and has a Masters in Urban Affairs from the School of Urban and Public Affairs at UTA. Jann has worked in the workforce development field for over twenty years specializing in labor market information, career pathways, local planning and policy of employment and training programs as well as grant writing.

During this time, Jann has provided labor market information and presentations to groups in education, employment, and economic groups as well as presented at national conferences regarding employment strategies for ex-offenders re-entering the community after incarceration. She participated in two projects researching the Life Sciences occupational sector and the emerging “green jobs” economy for a region that spanned the DFW Metroplex down the I-35 corridor to San Antonio.

Ms. Miles is a member of the Institutional Revenue Board reviewing research project proposals for Tarrant County College; a Board member for InterLink, which bridges education and industry for the purpose of identifying demand and emerging occupations; and is a representative of the Board on the North Texas Regional P-16 Council which works across the various levels of education to advance the education of all students and to close the gaps in students' academic achievements at all education levels.

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Micky Moerbe, MPH, CPH

Biostatistician
Division of Epidemiology & Health Information
Tarrant County Public Health
Fort Worth, Texas

Micky Moerbe is a Biostatistician for Tarrant County Public Health in Fort Worth, Texas. She is responsible for data collection and analyses, as well as publishing reports on a wide variety of public
health issues which impact the over 1.9 million residents of Tarrant County. Data topics include communicable diseases, chronic diseases, risk behaviors, leading causes of death, population characteristics, maternal-child health, and fetal-infant mortality. Mrs. Moerbe often works with community stakeholders offering data consultation and analyses in addition to providing data for grant applications, program development, and policy initiatives. She has been a member of the Tarrant County Infant Health Network (IHN) since 2007 and currently serves as Treasurer on the IHN Executive Committee.

Mrs. Moerbe earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, a Master of Public Health Degree from the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort
Worth, and a Graduate Certificate in Applied Biostatistics from the University of Washington in Seattle. She is also Certified in Public Health from the National Board of Public Health Examiners.

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Samantha Morton, JD

CEO
MLPB
Boston, Massachusetts

Samantha J. Morton is CEO of MLPB. Ms. Morton is a national expert on how upstream problem-solving strategies can address people's health-related social needs (HRSN), and on the power of the healthcare and human services workforces to reduce health disparities and advance health equity for individuals, families and communities. She is leading MLPB's evidence-based participation in accountable care and patient-centered medical home transformation across the country. Before joining MLPB, Ms. Morton was a litigation associate at Hale & Dorr LLP (now WilmerHale) and a judicial clerk at the United States District Court for the District of Maine. She received her law degree from the University of Michigan School of Law and her BA from Cornell University.

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Stephanie Norton, LCSW

Director
Early Childhood Services Division
MHMR Tarrant
Fort Worth, Texas

Stephanie Norton, LCSW is a Director at MHMR Tarrant in their Early Childhood Services division. She currently oversees the HOPES and LAUNCH grants with focus on services and workforce development for early childhood. She and her husband are from Fort Worth, Texas where she has been a social worker for 26 years.

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Anisha Philips, BS, EIS

Early Intervention Specialist and Senior Director
MHMR Tarrant
Fort Worth, Texas

Anisha Philips, BS, EIS, is an Early Intervention Specialist and Senior Director at MHMR of Tarrant County’s Early Childhood Services division. She currently oversees the daily operations of ECI (Early childhood intervention) that provides services to families with infants and toddlers (ages birth to 36 months) who have developmental delays and disabilities.

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Amy Raines-Milenkov, DrPH

Assistant Professor
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
UNT Health Science Center
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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Kristi Sitton-Furnival, MS, SLP/CCC

Speech Language Pathologist
MHMR Tarrant
Fort Worth, Texas

Kristi Sitton-Furnival, MS, SLP/CCC is a Speech Language Pathologist specializing in dysphagia and premature infants at MHMR of Tarrant County’s Early Childhood Intervention division. She currently runs their NICU transition program through partnerships with area hospitals and clinics. She is also the mother of a former NICU infant with Trisomy 21.

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Misty Wilder, BS

Program Manager
Healthy Start
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
UNT Health Science Center
Fort Worth, Texas

Misty Wilder is the Program Manager of the UNT Health Science Center Healthy Start program. She has over 11 years’ experience in the community setting working with faith leaders, community-based services and organizations to improve the health and well-being of women and families. She has in-depth knowledge of community resources available to families. Misty currently sits on many community boards such as the African American Health Expo, Tarrant County Cancer Disparities Coalition, Infant Health Network, Cancer Care Services, Celebrate Shi, and Tarrant County Disproportionality and Disparities Advisory Committee.

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