Dads count at annual maternal and child health symposium

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The Maternal & Child Health Student Organization spring symposium is Friday, April 11 at the USF College of Public Health. “Dads Count too!” is the theme for the 5th annual event.

Held in conjunction with National Public Health Week, this year’s symposium focuses on paternal involvement in maternal and child health, but also includes a variety of topics covering a broad range of challenges and interests.


Maternal Child Health: Dads Count too!
5th Annual Symposium
Expo & Poster Presentation
College of Public Health
University of South Florida
April 11, 2014
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Based at the University of South Florida, the Maternal & Child Health Student Organization (MCHSO) is comprised of students across a number of fields and with varied professional goals who pool their collective efforts, skills, and interests to promote the health of mothers, babies, and families in Florida and around the world. Their activities include: service projects, knowledge-raising lectures and social events, fundraising activities, and an annual symposium.

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“The goal of the spring symposium is to bring together students, faculty, professionals, and community members to engage in relevant MCH topics,” said Jessica Gipson, president of the MCHSO and a graduate student in the College of Public Health. “Participants can learn about current practices from leading experts, showcase relevant research, identify opportunities to get involved, and network with attendees and presenters.”

The symposium centers around evidence-based strategies, potential and emerging solutions, and promising practices from a global perspective on maternal and child health. Confirmed speakers and presentations include:

• Dr. Amina Alio, University of Rochester, “Community perceptions on father roles during pregnancy”

• Michael Thomas, Reach UP “24/7 Dad and National Fatherhood Initiative”

• Emily Brown, Florida Department of Health Department, “Male preconception health”

• Joe Sassin, father and D.A.D.S. member, “A father’s perspective on raising a child with special health care needs”

• Daryl Clark, BOCC Head Start, “H.I.M. Team”

• Dr. Carla Stover, USF Mental Health, “Fathers who perpetrate violence & preliminary program data”

• Dr. Erica Anstey, USF Health, Amy Hammant, IBCLC Private Practice, and Alex Boyer, IBCLC, Baby Café, “Breastfeeding discussion panel”


USF College of Public Health is the academic home for the Maternal and Child Health Student Organization. To learn more about their initiatives or opportunities for involvement and financial support, visit them on Facebook.

Submitted by Jessica Gipson, USF College of Public Health

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