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1st Annual Conference: The State of Women, Infants and Children in Northeast Indiana

The Janus Foundation for Applied Social Research, along with title sponsor RAISE Consulting, will host an annual conference on May 9, 2019, at the University of Saint Francis Performing Arts Center. The conference will address the state of women, infants and children in Northeast Indiana and how a collaborative healthcare approach could improve the quality of life for these populations. With local stakeholders, medical professionals from all disciplines, community allies, and community leaders coming together, this is a day of learning, connecting, and looking at the opportunities for growth, innovation, and improvement in the lives of women, infants, and children in the region.

Indiana currently ranks in the bottom 10 in the nation for nearly every healthcare market. This is especially true in cases involving the health and well-being of women, infants and children. Traditional approaches to health and wellness have failed these groups and outcomes become even more dire for people of color. Nowhere is this more recognizable than in the rates of maternal and infant mortality, which consistently rank as some of the worst in the nation.

The Conference is meant to bring together policymakers, researchers, and clinicians from all aspects of healthcare. The objective is to understand how we can work together to make a difference.

Conference timeline:

• Registration & Continental Breakfast

• Presentation by keynote speaker

• A Grand Rounds style panel will discuss the state of the health of women, infants and children in Indiana

• Lunch, with time to network with other attendees, as well as vendors and sponsors working on innovation in healthcare.

• Break-out sessions focus on specific areas of need

• Panel discussion with leaders and policymakers about current legislation and the needs in the region.

What: The State of Women, Infants and Children in Northeast Indiana

When: Thursday, May 9, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Where: USF Performing Arts Center, 431 Berry Street, Fort Wayne

Registration: $59/$25 for students,

Keynote speaker:

The keynote speaker is Elena Kuklina, MD, PhD, Epidemiologist/health research scientist at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her specialties include: Epidemiology, nutrition, obstetrics, pediatrics, cardiovascular epidemiology, disease prevention and health promotion. She’s interested in affecting change in the health of women, infants, and children in Indiana, with a special focus on Northeast Indiana.


Robin Atkins, LMHC, Owner, Charis at Veritas, LLC

Alison Gerardot, Vice President of Philanthropic Services, Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne

Carlee LaRue, Health Educator, Whitley County Board of Health

Stephanie Henry, Food Systems “Ag”vocate

Ariel Christian, Culinary Nutritionist/Owner, Kiddie Garden Cooks

Jennifer Rohlf, Director of Empowerment, YWCA Of Greater Fort Wayne

Anne Marie Labenberg, MSN, RN, MSM, RAISE Consulting

About the Janus Foundation for Applied Social Research

The Janus Foundation for Applied Social Research is comprised of a team of highly educated, well-informed policy analysts who believe that in order to make responsible decisions, rigorous data collection and analysis are essential. The organization specializes in world-class research services with a focus on providing it’s customers with understandable results. It is through these services, that the creation of a sustainable system of policy and programming will be made possible.

About RAISE Consulting

RAISE Consulting is a lifespan health advocacy consulting firm, focused on underserved and underrepresented populations. Primary areas of focus are women’s health, maternal mortality, infant mortality, and the effects of the opioid crisis on all populations. Combining experience, expertise, project management, adult education, health promotion, and advocacy efforts, RAISE Consulting is committed to making a difference in Allen County, Northeast Indiana, and beyond. Collaboration and coordination are necessary parts of progressing the future of healthcare, which focuses on real outcomes that change the lives of both individuals and populations every day.