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. 

Sincerely -

  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

      • Conference Committee Member
      • Parent
      • Student at Portland State University
      • Expertise: Community-based services and outreach
      •  I hope to widen my network circle, to learn about the topics discussed in the conference, to center the voices of the families directly impacted by policy, and to make an impact on service providers.

Telia Anderson

      • Parent
      • Birth and Post-Partum Doula with Project Nurture
      • Expertise: Breastfeeding support for sexual trauma and IPV survivor
      • I want to gain better knowledge to help me while providing doula support to my clients and their families.

Kasey Edwards

      • Parent
      • Birth and Post-Partum Doula with Project Nurture
      • Expertise: Improving prenatal care as the very first line of defense against families being dissolved into the system.
      • I hope to gather new resources and build new relationships that will lead to better empowerment and advocacy for families like the ones I support. I want to promote the use of doulas and trauma Informed care.

Megan McKenzie

      • Parent
      • Parent and Family Advocate
      • Expertise: The criminal prosecution of pregnant women for substance use
      • I think that it is important for practitioners to understand that the best way to care for the baby is to care for the mom. I’m looking for more knowledge of the evidence-based practices necessary for treating pregnant women with substance use disorder and/or mental illness as I enter my professional training.

Elizabeth Hooshiar
      • Parent
      • Foster Family Advocate and volunteer at Portland People's Outreach Project (PPOP)
      • Expertise: Improving foster care to focus more on birth family involvement and empowerment
      • I hope to connect with like-minded individuals who recognize the bias in our current health care systems against drug using pregnant patients, and to learn more about how I can be a part of changing the system in my career and volunteerism.

  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.

Stephanie Allen

      • Baylor College of Medicine pursuing Obstetrics & Gynecology, Texas
      • This year’s conference theme of perinatal substance use is especially appealing to me, as I anticipate caring for many patients in the future who are struggling with substance use. Current perinatal substance use policies in many states lack nuance and are dehumanizing and ineffective at incentivizing women to seek help.  As a future physician with a background in public health, I would be very keen to learn more evidence-based approaches to caring for pregnant patients who use substances as well as how we can best integrate maternal and newborn care in this area.  Furthermore, I hope to network with conference attendees of different backgrounds and professions.  Lastly, I am very interested in doing residency in California and would be interested to learn more about what type of work in perinatal health is being done by representatives from programs in the region.

Starr Sandoval
      • BCC  Social Human Services/Homeless Prenatal Program Intern, Oakland, CA
      • My Current internship works specifically with homeless women who are pregnant or perinatal up to 6 months old, experiencing trauma, DV, substance abuse or are in crises. I am committed to doing whatever I can to help develop further systems that can reach out to this specific population during the perinatal time. During my time with Homeless Prenatal Program, I have already created a couple of proposals and intend to create more along the way as I expand my resources and education. NPA plays a key factor in me being able to help facilitate and build my foundation for what I envision in the future. I am proud to be a member. On a micro level: The resources, tools and peer connections that will help guide and affirm me on my career path. On a macro level: To be able to use what I mentioned in the micro level as a blueprint for becoming a stellar Social Change Agent that National Perinatal Association can be proud of.

Iqbal Hussain Siddiqui
      •  University of Helsinki, Department of Psychiatry
      • In my current program my majors are General Psychiatry, Adolescent Psychiatry, Child Psychiatry, and Addiction Psychiatry, which is a good ground to prepare me to participate in multidisciplinary perinatal care and advocacy.

Caitlin Sutherland
      • Midwifery, Smith College, Northampton, MA
      •  I just became a doula, so I am trained to help birthers through their pregnancies and during labor. As a doula it is my job to make sure that the birther is equip with the information needed so that they can speak up for themselves if there is something they would like to do or not to do. I hope learn from other peoples’ experience and how I can make sure I give the best information when doing my job.

 Tanesha Pickard
      • Springfield College, School of Social Work (Masters), CT
      • I am currently in my last semester in pursuit of my Masters in Social Work. Throughout my three years of pursuing higher education I found my passion in maternal mental health. I have been privileged with the opportunity to complete two years of internship at Baystate Medical Center. Baystate is a teaching hospital located in Springfield, MA. Baystate is where I am gaining the experience of learning and providing my assistance for Baystate's Public Health Department, Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Program, providing social services to patients on Labor and Delivery. My most gifted experience is working with the multidisplinary team of nurses, doctors, and social workers who provide care for mothers and infants who have been affected by the opiate crisis. Gaining experience as a social work intern with the NAS program (EMPOWER-Engaging Mothers for Positive Outcomes with Early Referral), I have learned so many skills such as providing resources that increase the betterment of health for families, caring for the early development through intervention for NAS infants, screening for risk factors in maternal mental health, and overall nourishing the development of the mother-infant dyad. I am hoping to network with individuals whom I can gain a wealth of knowledge from. I am eager to learn different interventions used to treat the families I provide care for. I hope to build connections so I can one day be a part of leading one of the seminars and possibly a growing member of this association.

Cody Miller
      • Medical Student / Prospective Law Student / MSBioethics Student Baylor College of Medicine
      • My interdisciplinary training in bioethics, law, obstetrics, gynecology and medicine enables me to try to be a bridge builder between medical professionals, policy makers, and patients and their families. The intersectionality of healthcare too often causes total communication breakdown, and I seek to address this in addition to promoting the interests of my patients and equitable social justice. 

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