Perinatal Advocacy Network

Working together, we can make a difference! HMHB collaborates on many public-private partnerships and conducts quarterly meetings with the Perinatal Advocacy Network (PAN) to inform and educate perinatal stakeholders, public and private partners and communities on issues impacting perinatal health. All activities, discussion and actions are designed to:

  • Improve access to care in the first trimester
  • Reduce low and very low birth weights
  • Promote abstinence from alcohol, cigarette smoking and illicit drug use and decrease postpartum relapse of smoking
  • Increase breastfeeding
  • Increase screening and referral for domestic violence and depression
  • Improve use of contraception to prevent unintended pregnancy
  • Increase preventive education and screening on oral health care and sexually transmitted infections

PAN Meetings are hosted at State Video Conference Centers:

  • Oahu: Kalanimoku Bldg (1151 Punchbowl Street)
  • Oahu: Kakuhiewa Bldg (601 Kamokila Blvd, Kapolei)
  • Kauai: Lihue State Office Bldg (3060 Eiwa Street)
  • Hawaii: Hilo State Office Bldg (75 Aupuni Street)
  • Maui: Wailuku Judiciary Bldg (2145 Main Street)
  • Molokai: Molokai General Hospital

Want to get involved? Join the Perinatal Advocacy Network!

Perinatal Advocacy Network Meeting - September 20, 2016

A total of 24 professionals representing over 10 agencies statewide attended the meeting at the State of Hawaii’s Video Conferencing Center from 1:00-3:00pm. The meeting included:

  • A presentation on the 2017 Legislative Updates: HMIHC Coalition, Planned Parenthood Votes North West (PPVNW) and Paid Family Leave Coalition (PFL) presented on building efforts, focus areas and other maternal and child health issues during this year’s Legislative Session.
  • A panel presentation consisted of professionals from agencies statewide from Maui, Kauai, Oahu, Hawaii Island and Lanai.
  • An update on maternal child health issues regarding: Prenatal Care, Breastfeeding, Safe Sleep, One Key Question, LARC, and SBIRT. Presented by all panelists from statewide agencies.

Click to view the agenda. presentation and minutes.

Perinatal Advocacy Network Meeting - March 31, 2016

A total of 19 professionals representing 9 agencies statewide attended the meeting at the State of Hawaii's Video Conferencing Centers from 1:00-3:00pm. The meeting included:

  • A presentation on the 2016 Legislative Updates: coalition - building efforts and other maternal and child health issues during this year's Legilsative Session. Presented  by Lisa Kimura, Executive Director, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii. Click here to view the Legislative Updates presentation.
  • A presentation on the Zika virus: recommendations for women traveling abroad, how the virus is transmitted, birth defects caused by the virus and discussion about how there are so many questions surrounding Zika but very few answers. Presented by Raul Rudoy, MD, Professor of Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Unviersity of Hawaii.
  • An update on the Maternal Infant Health Collaberative : One Key Question and SBIRT update. Presented by Lin Joseph, Director of Program Serices, March of Dimes

Click to view the agenda and minutes.

Perinatal Advocacy Network Meeting - October 16, 2015

A total of 16 professionals representing 8 agencies statewide attended the meeting at the State of Hawaii's Video Conferencing Centers from 1:00-3:00pm. The meeting included:

  • A presentation on the 2015 HMHB Needs Assessment Findings and Tools for Improving Birth Outcomes: Incorporating Text4Baby into Clinical Practice by Lisa Kimura, Executive Director, and Melissa Nagatsuka, Project Coordinator, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii. Click here to view the Needs Assessment presentation. Click here to view the Text4Baby presentation. 
  • A presentation on Cytomegalovirus (CMV) in Pregnancy, Background and Clinical Recommendation Guidelines by Kelly Yamasato, MD, Fellow, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, University of Hawaii, Dept. Of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Women's Health. Click here to view the presentation. 
  • A discussion on Advocacy Efforts & Upcoming Legislation – including coalition-building efforts and opportunities to advocate for Paid Family Leave, Maternal Mortality Review and other maternal and child health issues during the 2016 Legislative Session.

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Perinatal Advocacy Network Meeting - February 12, 2015

The agenda included:

  • Introductions and Provider Updates
  • Paid Family Leave and Other 2015 Legislative Issues - Presentation 
  • Disease Prevention and Optimal Nutrition During Pregnancy
  • Exploring New Prenatal Oral Health Resources - Presentation 

Click here to view the full agenda.

If you had joined us for the PAN meeting today (2/12/15), thank you so much!  Please click here to download the evaluation form to provide us with feedback for future meetings and here to download or order the oral health resources from the Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center.  Thank you!

Perinatal Advocacy Network Meeting - November 7, 2014

A total of 18 professionals representing 12 agencies statewide attended the meeting at the State of Hawaii's Video Conferencing Centers from 1:00-3:00pm. The meeting included:

  • A presentation on the implementation of the emergency contraception bill passed in 2013 as well as coalition-building efforts and opportunities to advocate for Paid Family Leave and other maternal and child health issues during the 2015 Legislative Session by Catherine Betts, Executive Director of the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women. Click here to view Ms. Betts' presentation.
  • A presentation on findings and implications of 2014 needs assessments on breastfeeding and postpartum depression support conducted in June 2014 by Lisa Kimura, Executive Director of Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii. 
  • A presentation and facilitated discussion on work group efforts focused on pre and inter-conception care; pregnancy and delivery; and infant health and safety by JoAnn Farnsworth and Don Hayes of the Maternal and Infant Health Collaborative. Click here to view Dr. Hayes' presentation.
  • A presentation on the Birthplace Hawaii Study by Tetine Sentell, Assistant Professor with the Office of Public Health Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Click here to view Dr. Sentell's presentation. 

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Perinatal Advocacy Network Meeting - July 31, 2014 

A total of 23 professionals representing 15 agencies statewide attended the meeting at the State of Hawaii’s Video Conferencing Center from 2:00-4:00pm. The meeting included:

  • A recap of the 2014 legislative session and upcoming 2015 legislative efforts
  • An update from providers and the Department of Health
  • A presentation on break time for nursing mothers by Herbert Lee, Community Outreach Specialist with the US Department of Labor, Wage & Hour Division, and Pamela Martin, Administrator of the State of Hawaii’s Wage Standards Division. Click here to access Mr. Lee’s presentation, and click here to access Ms. Martin’s handouts.
  • A presentation on the Maternal & Infant Health Collaborative: The First 1,000 Days by JoAnn Farnsworth, MA with the State of Hawaii’s Executive Office of Early Learning and Lin Joseph, MPH, Director of Program Services for the March of Dimes Hawaii Chapter.
  • A presentation on depression and anxiety around the time of pregnancy by Emily Roberson, PhD, MPH, with the State of Hawaii’s Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS). Click here to access Dr. Roberson’s presentation.

The Hawaii Maternal & Infant Health Collaborative (HMIHC)

The Hawaii Maternal & Infant Health Collaborative (HMIHC) hosted the Annual Statewide Conference on January 12, 2017.

View presentation here:

Make Health Hawaii’s Shared Value, presented by Danette Tomiyasu, MBA

Infant Health & Safety Work Group, presented by Lisa Kimura, MBA

Contraception and Breastfeeding, presented by Jennifer L. F. Elia, DrPH

Leveraging Technology for Outreach: How to Integrate Mobile-Based Health Education into Maternal and Child Health, presented by Daryn Kirkpatrick, MPH, CPH

One Key Question - Would you like to become pregnancy in the next year?, presented by Pat McKenzie, APRN, WH-C, FNP

One Key Question: Hawaii Home Visiting Network, presented by Alyssa Carlson, MPH

One Key Question: The WIC Experience, presented by Linda Chock

Program Update: Prenatal SBIRT, presented by Leolinda Parlin

Hawaii Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (HI-SBIRT), presented by Venita Evans

Policy Working Group Briefing, presented by Justin Murakami, JD

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment – A Public Health Approach, presented by Eddie Mersereau, LCSW, CSAC

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The Hawaii Maternal & Infant Health Collaborative (HMIHC) hosted "Pulama I Ke Ola - Summit" on June 15, 2016. The Summit was designed as a celebration of the passage of SB 2371 and a call to action on child and maternal mortality review panels. 

View presentations here:

Injury Prevention Resources, presented by Lisa Dau, RN

Safe Sleep: Hawaii Cribs for Kids, presented by Lisa Kimura, MBA

The Importance of Child Death Review Teams, presented by Teri Covington, MPH

Trends in Maternal and Child Morbidity and Mortality in Hawaii, presented by Don Hayes, MD

Child Injury Prevention, presented by Therese Argoud, MPH

Severe Maternal Morbidity & Obstetric SafMety Bundles, presented by Autumn Broady, MD

Medicolgal Scene Investigation and Forensic Autopsy in Cases of Peciatric Death, presented by Christopher Happy, MD

Maternal and Child Death Reveiws and their Role in Strengthening Public Health, Clinical and Community Partnerships, presented by Christine Morton, PhD 

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The Hawaii Maternal & Infant Health Collaborative hosted a statewide conference on "Tackling Unintended Pregnancies"
Proactively Incorporating Pregnancy Intention Screenings in Health Care Settings, January 14, 2016. Breakout session notes: click here to view

View presentations here:

Update on Maternal and Infant Health Data in Hawaii

Reducing Unintended Pregnancy: Legal and Access Barriers in the Aloha State

Hawaii Maternal and Infant Health Collaborative 2015 Update The First 1,000 Days

One Key Question "Would you like to become pregnant in the next year?"

Insurance Reimbursement for Post-Pregnancy Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC)

Hawaii Maternal and Infant Health Collaborative Symposium

Of special focus by HMHB and partner organizations is a plan to reduce the incidence of substance use (tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs) during pregnancy. On June 8-10, 2015, Dr. Ira Chasnoff, Dr. Rich McGouty, and Sharon Bechler of NTI Upstream conducted a symposium with the Hawaii Maternal Infant Health Collaborative (HMIHC) to develop a plan to guide the implementation of a universal statewide system to increase prenatal Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) services for pregnant women in Hawaii.

A consensus plan to implement a universal SBIRT system for pregnant women across Hawaii was developed. Please click to view the accompanying report, including: agenda, attendees, action plan, timeline and resolution to policy issues.