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October 25, 2023 | 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. via Zoom

Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Summit: Session II

Impact of MCH on the Next Generation

About this Series:

WAPC is partnering with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to bring educational opportunities to our DHS colleagues. Two sessions are offered in 2023. The first session in this two-part series aired live on March 15, 2023. If you were unable to attend, please find information about the recording, slides, evaluation, and continuing education below. For details regarding the next session on October 25, 2023, see details in the agenda.

Who should attend?

Attending the Maternal and Child Health Summit Series is required for local health departments, Tribal agencies, and Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs programs. Attendance is optional for MCH Equity grantees.

This series is brought to you by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Wisconsin Maternal and Child Health, Wisconsin Regional Centers, Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs, and Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care.

Email for questions related to the MCH Summit.

Session II Keynote Speakers

Candi Cornelius, MSN, RN, CLC

Candi Cornelius is from the Oneida and Menominee Nations of Wisconsin. She has lived on the Oneida reservation all her life with her three grown daughters.  Candi received her Bachelor’s in Nursing from UW Eau Claire and her Masters in Nursing from Bellin College.

Candi has been working for the Oneida Community Health Center as the Prenatal Care Coordinator for twelve years.  Her role is to support and educate Native American pregnant women along with ensuring they have access to all needed services during and after pregnancy to improve birth outcomes. Candi also offers childbirth education sessions to the Oneida community three times a year along with providing lactation support as a certified lactation counselor. Most recently, Candi completed the full spectrum doula training to enhance the care provided.

For the past few years Candi has the opportunity to increase awareness of the dire need to improve Native American Maternal Health through presentations and advocacy work. Candi is passionate about finding solutions or change in practice to protect the lives of the precious life givers/women.  

Beverly Hutcherson, MS

As a Biologist, Beverly seeks to apply her knowledge in efforts that bridge that gap between the biomedical community and the public. 

Academically, Beverly holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Marquette University, graduate training in Sustainability Leadership and Social Innovation from Edgewood College and is completing her Master of Science in Reproductive Endocrinology Physiology at the University of Wisconsin Madison. She has been a guest lecturer for medical students as well as physician assistant students teaching biology and the epigenetics of race.

Session II Panelists

Connie Stevens

Connie Stevens is the lead for Parents Reaching Out, Wisconsin’s parent-to-parent support program for families raising deaf/hard of hearing children.  Connie is the mother to a 25-year-old, who is deaf, has Down Syndrome and uses American Sign Language, and a 27-year-old daughter who is hearing.  Connie is a Wisconsin native, received a Masters degree in Applied Sociology and worked with Land’s End marketing department, Federal Bureau of Prisons and WI Department of Health Services before learning of her youngest’s hearing concerns.  Connie’s family participated in the Birth to 3 Program, family support programs and conferences to learn more about the needs of her daughter and her family. She is passionate about building community relationships to ensure families feel supported during the new journey of raising their special needs child. 

Erica Koepsel, MA

Erica has dedicated her time to improving health education for adolescents and young adults across the mid-west since she was 19. She spent many years as a sexual health educator for diverse groups of adolescents in Topeka, Kansas and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Following graduation from Washburn University she spent one year living in Cambodia working for the Peace Corps. In Cambodia she taught about hygiene and nutrition in the local health center, started a village aerobics class, and lead sexual health education sessions with village health promoters. In 2015, Erica finished her Master of Arts in Gender and Women’s Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where her research focused on holistic, life-long approaches to sexual health education. She also worked in curriculum development with Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin during graduate school and played a vital role in revamping their sexual health curriculum. Erica is passionate about creating a community where people can relate to their sexuality in a positive way, and believes that flourishing sexual health is strongly correlated with overall health. She’s been working with PATCH since 2015 and has enjoyed combining health education with advocacy while also working with Teen Educators to promote open and honest communication about tough topics!

Sharon Gilbert, RN

Prior to coming to the State of Wisconsin; my career spans over 30 years as a Registered Nurse in a variety of setting and roles. Over the past 4 years, I have had privilege and opportunity to work within the Department of Health Services as MCH Nurse Consultant. My primary role involves identifying, connecting, and supporting the shared crosswalks and measures between Department of Health Services and Department of Children and Families. I also serve as a liaison providing intentional supports for communication and collaboration between the two departments.

Recordings, Evaluation & Continuing Education

WATCH SESSION 2 RECORDING – Air date: October 25, 2023. (Registration required to view). 

EVALUATION – Session 2 – Oct. 25, 2023 – Please complete by November 15, 2023, to receive continuing education credit. We appreciate your feedback! 

SLIDE PDFS – Session 2 – Oct. 25, 2023

Title V MCH Needs Assessment
Mary Kusch

Epigenetics: the Biological Perspective on Current Maternal Health Outcomes
Beverly Hutcherson, MS (These will be posted when received. Check back soon!)

Indigenous People and Epigenetics
Candi Cornelius, MSN, RN, CLC

Panel Discussion
Connie Stevens, Parents Reaching Out
Erica Koepsel, MA, and Youth Panelists, PATCH program
Sharon Gilbert, RN, WI DHS Home Visiting Program

WATCH SESSION 1, MAIN ROOM, RECORDING – Air date: March 15, 2023 (Registration required to view). This includes the Roots4Change breakout session. 

Breakout Room Recordings – Session I
State Adolescent Health Resource Center (SAHRC)
Us2 Behavioral Healthcare 
Roots4Change (contained in Main Room recording above at 01:52)
African American Breastfeeding Network (AABN)
Moms Mental Health Initiative (MMHI)

The Periscope Project – Slides PDF
About MMHI
PMAD Resources
Perinatal Substance Abuse Infographic

EVALUATIONSession I (3/15/23) Please complete. We appreciate your feedback!  

Continuing Education – If you are seeking one of the several types of CE listed below, you must watch the main room recording, including one breakout session of your choice. After viewing the recording, please complete the evaluation. CE certificates will only be awarded to those who complete both of these mandatory requirements. 

Accreditation Statements:

Nursing Continuing Professional Development

The Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care is the provider of nursing contact hours for this activity, planned in conjunction with Maternal and Child Health Unit, Wisconsin Division of Public Health, Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

The Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care (WAPC) is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Wisconsin Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This internet live course meets the criteria for a maximum of 2.5 contact hours.

Continuing Medical Education (CME)

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care and the Maternal and Child Health Unit, Wisconsin Division of Public Health, Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

The Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care (WAPC) is accredited by the Wisconsin Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care (WAPC) designates this internet live activity for a maximum of 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Certified Health Education Specialist

The Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care (WAPC) has been granted approval as a multiple event provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) through The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. The Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care (WAPC) has been approved specifically for the continuing education programs.

This activity meets criteria for a maximum of 2.5 CECH.

Social Work

This live internet activity meets the criteria for 2.5 hours of credit for social work. Participants should claim credit commensurate with their participation.

Agenda – Session II – Oct. 25, 2023

10:00 a.m.

Logistics & Land Acknowledgement

Eva Fassbinder Brummel, MPH

10:05 a.m.

Moderator Introduction & Welcome

Destiny Pinnick, MPA
Nikki Ripp, BS
Katrina Heche, MPH

10:20 a.m.

Epigenetics: the Biological Perspective on Current Maternal Health Outcomes

Beverly Hutcherson, MS

11:25-11:30 a.m.


11:30 a.m.

Indigenous People and Epigenetics

Candi Cornelius, MSN, RN, CLC

12:05 p.m.

Panel Discussion

Connie Stevens, Parents Reaching Out
Erica Koepsel, MA, and Youth Panelists, PATCH program
Sharon Gilbert, RN, WI DHS Home Visiting Program

12:50 p.m.

Closing Remarks, Evaluation, Q & A

Planning Group
Eva Fassbinder Brummel
Sharon Gilbert
Mary Kusch
Virginia Loehr
Shawn Meyer
Karen Morris
Kyle Mounts
Kaitlin Tolliver
No one in control of content has any relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies.*

*Ineligible companies are those whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, reselling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.


Additional support from MCH Title V Services Block Grant, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.