2018 Award for
Individual Contribution to Maternal-Child Health
Dr. Loretta Finnegan
The National Perinatal Association honors Loretta Finnegan, MD, LLD (HON.), SCD (HON.):
Few have contributed so much to a field of inquiry and clinical practice that their name has become synonymous with their discipline. But that is the case with Dr. Loretta Finnegan.
Over the years her insights and contributions have shaped the way that we understand perinatal substance use. First as a neonatologist at Philadelphia General Hospital and then as the Director of the Family Center, a comprehensive, multidisciplinary addiction program for pregnant women and their children at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Dr. Finnegan transformed the way that mothers and babies were treated. Her Family Center was the first care setting that provided multidisciplinary care in a nurturing, non-punitive environment and set a standard of care that is still emulated.
"Our research showed that mothers and babies did better with comprehensive services,” explained Finnegan. “The incidence of premature delivery in the overall prenatal population at PGH was 15 percent. In untreated heroin addicted women, it was 48 percent. With methadone treatment and comprehensive services, we were able to bring the prematurity rate down to just 18 percent – close to our general population.”
Dr. Finnegan's willingness to describe, codify, and champion the highest standards in perinatal care led her to significant roles at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and eventually to the Office of Director of the Women’s Health Initiative in the Office of the Director of the National Institutes of Health.
Her advocacy on behalf of women, mothers, and babies has elevated the priorities of the federal government regarding women and children. More importantly, it has honored the remarkable role that women and mothers play in the lives of their infants - and our community.
Thank you, Dr. Finnegan, for being a smart, tireless, progressive advocate in the field of Maternal-Child Health. We are honored by your presence at our conference this year.
2018 Hynan & Hatfield Family Advocacy Scholars
The National Perinatal Association's Family Advocacy Network (FAN) champions collaborative relationships between families and the medical professions who care for them. We believe that family-centered care begins with including families in the creation of policies, procedures, and best practices.
NPA is uniquely committed to developing, promoting, and elevating parent voices - and leadership. This is done by including parent leaders at our annual conferences, in our interdisciplinary workgroups, and through parent participation on NPA's Board of Directors.
In 2018 the NPA established this scholarship program in order to support and facilitate parent participation. It is named in honor of the founding parent members of the Family Advocacy Network, Becky Hatfield and Mike Hynan. These two parent leaders and advocates exemplify what parent participation can do to revolutionize care.
Please join us as we work together to bring real, measurable, and substantive progress in the implementation of family-centered care.
Glyceria "Ria" Tsinas
2018 Al Pizzica Scholars
Dr. Albert (Al) L. Pizzica was a man of strong convictions. His involvement with the National Perinatal Association (NPA) began early in his career as a neonatologist and continued until his untimely death from cancer in 2013. He believed in the principles of family-centered care and the importance of the fundamental bond between providers, parents and their children. He served on the Board of Directors for many years and was a past president of the NPA. He was also the recipient of the NPA’s highest award, The Stanley Graven Award for Life Long Contributions to Perinatal Health. He recognized the need to support meeting attendance and education through scholarship funding for the next generation of neonatal-perinatal health providers. The scholarship fund was named in his honor to memorialize his many great contributions to the NPA and neonatal-perinatal medicine.