2022 PCORI Annual Meeting Breakout Session

The expansion and diversification of the maternal healthcare workforce are core elements of state and federal policy and programs to address the maternal health crisis in the United States. In this session, PCORI awardees implementing community-based and race-concordant care models employing midwives, doulas, and other health workers in three states (Illinois, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina) will discuss institutional and policy challenges and successful engagement and implementation strategies for creating equitable and sustainable partnerships among health workers, community-based organizations, and health systems.


Cindy McMillan, CD, CBE, CBFPC, DBD, NCPSS
Executive Director
Sistas Caring 4 Sistas: Community Based Doulas for Social Justice

Saleemah McNeil, CLC, MS, MFT
Reproductive Psychotherapist, Oshun Family Center
Maternal Health Researcher, Department of Urban Bioethics, Temple University Health System

Karie Stewart, MPH, MSN, CNM, APRN
Certified Nurse Midwife
University of Illinois Hospital

Hillary Bracken, PhD, MHS, MA
Program Officer, Healthcare Delivery and Disparities Research
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Brendaly Rodriguez, MA, CPH
Senior Engagement Officer, Public and Patient Engagement
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute


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