March 15, 2023 | 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. via Zoom

Maternal and Child Health Summit: Session I

Perinatal Mental Health

This session aired live on March 15, 2023. If you were unable to attend, please find information about the recording, evaluation, and continuing education below.

Looking for slides? Slide PDFs and other presenter resources are linked in the “Agenda” section below. 

Recordings, Evaluation & Continuing Education

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

Breakout Room Recordings
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)

EVALUATION – Please complete by April 4, 2023 

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 2.0 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 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 2.0 CECH.

Social Work

This live internet activity meets the criteria for 2.0 hours of credit for social work. Participants should claim credit commensurate with their participation.

About this Series:

WAPC is partnering with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to bring educational opportunities to our DHS colleagues. Sessions will be offered in 2023, with the first session focusing on perinatal mental health. See details in the agenda below.

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.

Main Session Speakers

WELCOME: Jasmine Zapata, MD, MPH

Dr. Jasmine Zapata is a double board-certified physician specializing in the fields of pediatrics and preventive medicine. She currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer and State Epidemiologist for Community Health within the Bureau of Community Health Promotion at the Wisconsin Department of Health where she provides expert guidance for a variety of public health promotion, planning and policy efforts. In this role she has served as a member of the DHS COVID-19 Strategic Advisory Committee, co- chair of the Governor’s Health Equity Council Subcommittee on Power, Access, and Representation as well as co-chair of the Wisconsin Maternal Mortality Review Team. She is also an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health where she practices clinically in the newborn nursery and is involved in a variety of scholarly activities aimed at increasing diversity in medicine and promoting health equity. She has many lived experiences that help her uniquely connect with the communities she serves and is well known for her infectious energy, passionate advocacy, and heart for service. Her ultimate mission in life is to “heal, uplift, and inspire.”

MODERATOR: Destiny Pinnick, MPA
Destiny Pinnick is the Health Equity Strategist for the Bureau of Community Health Promotion. She has experience working in the field of public health and administration, policy analysis, and health equity planning. She received a Master’s degree in Public Administration and Policy Analysis from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. Afterwards, she began working in state, county and city agencies as a certified Planner from the American Planning Association, specifically focusing on public health and health equity. Throughout her career she has worked to promote and implement a Health in All Policies framework by creating equitable policies, plans, projects and programs.
PRESENTER: Sarah Ornst-Bloomquist, CFLE, CLC

Sarah Ornst Bloomquist, CFLE, is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Mom’s Mental Health Initiative (MMHI). She has been advocating for perinatal mental health since she experienced her own postpartum depression and anxiety after the birth of her first son. Sarah brings over 20 years of professional experience,including her work as child advocacy program coordinator, life coach, family support specialist for perinatal couples, and crisis pregnancy counselor. Sarah is a Certified Family Life Educator, advocate and speaker. She is committed to helping moms break down the obstacles to effective treatment and find hope in the process. Born and raised in the greater Milwaukee area, Sarah is a cheesehead at heart but spent many treasured years as a Hoosier. She currently lives in Ozaukee County and is a proud mom of two. She enjoys playing soccer, being active, hanging out with friends and neighbors, and taking her rescue dogs for hikes.

PRESENTER: Molly Peterson, BS, IBCLC

Molly is an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and has been working with breastfeeding families since 2016. She has a bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology but quickly found her passion for breastfeeding shortly after graduating from college. Molly owns Peterson Lactation Services where she practices inside Authentic Birth Center in Wauwatosa, WI. She believes that it is important to provide unique evidenced based support to parents to help them meet their feeding goals. She loves empowering them along the way and making sure to customize each visit to that family’s specific needs. Molly enjoys spending time with her husband and amazing two-year-old daughter. When she is not working, she loves to bake, be outside, and drink copious amounts of coffee. 

PRESENTER: Elizabeth Hovis, MD

Elizabeth Maxwell Hovis, MD, is staff psychiatrist for The Periscope Project. She is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin where she specializes in Perinatal Psychiatry and Emergency Psychiatry. Dr. Hovis completed medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, residency in General Adult Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and a fellowship in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin. In addition to her clinical roles within Perinatal and Emergency Psychiatry, Dr. Hovis is a staff psychiatrist with The Periscope Project where she strives to improve access to quality care for patients struggling with mental health concerns during and following pregnancy.

Breakout Presenter/Session Summary

Participants will choose ONE of the following 30 minute breakout sessions to attend to learn more about what community members are doing to address perinatal/adolescent mental health. Each breakout session will be lead by a community leader who will provide a short overview of their program, followed by small group discussion:

BREAKOUT: State Adolescent Health Resource Center (SAHRC) | Lynn Bretl

Session Details: This break-out session will highlight the many resources SAHRC has available to the adolescent and young adult health workforce related to topics such as adolescent development, positive youth development, protective factors, adolescent brain development, youth engagement strategies, mental health promotion, and adolescent healthcare. They will share key resources available through SAHRC as well as highlight resources of several of key partners. They look forward to answering questions and discussing best practices and successful models of adolescent health promotion being implemented around the country.

Lynn Bretl is the Director of the State Adolescent Health Resource Center (SAHRC), a national training and technical assistance center whose mission is to support the national community of state-level adolescent health professionals in their efforts to promote the health and well-being of the nation’s young people.

BREAKOUT: Us 2 Behavioral Health Care | Kinsey Pierre

Session details: This breakout session will highlight Us 2 Behavioral Health Care, the mission of which is to advance health equity by removing barriers and creating an inclusive community where people can reach their full potential. Through a partnership with DHS and a Health Equity grant, Kinsey is working to create access to trained perinatal mental health providers throughout the state of Wisconsin.

Kinsey Pierre is a Clinical Director for Us 2 Behavioral Health Care in Appleton, WI. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a demonstrated history of working with various groups, across different disciplines, while advocating for minoritized communities. With Kinsey’s skillset and passion, Us2 is the recipient of the Maternal and Child Health Equity Grant, where Kinsey is pioneering the program development to create greater access to trained perinatal mental health providers across the Fox Cities region.

BREAKOUT: Roots4Change (R4C)| Maricela Martínez Munguia & Aída Inuca

Session Details: This session will highlight the Roots4Change (Raíces para el Cambio) program. It is the first immigrant marketing cooperative in Dane County focusing on health. They are working to change the maternal and child health landscape to address inequities in perinatal well-being, by empowering families and challenging the system. Roots4Change (R4C) is owned by five independent social enterprises led by Latina and Indigenous doulas and community health workers, who walk with families in their journeys of parenting, childbirth, motherhood, and womanhood. Their ultimate goal is to develop community leadership from within.

Maricela Martinez Munguía is originally from the town of San Pedro Benito Juárez, which is two hours from the city of Puebla, Mexico. She is a wife, mother of four children, member of the Raíces para el Cambio cooperative, and owner of her own Apapachar Colectivo business where she performs her role as Doula, facilitator on mental health issues, trauma informed care, mindfulness and among others. Her mission as a Mindfulness Facilitator is to create and provide safe spaces where we are in the present moment, recognizing the sensations and emotions of our living being, creating a positive impact on the lives of mothers, infants and, in turn, entire families in positive directions. She provides workshops on mindfulness, talks with mothers on postpartum issues – postpartum depression, mental and physical health, among others. As a doula, she provided physical and emotional support and connection of resources. Maricela has had the opportunity to accompany births where the mother is alone during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum. This is the reality of many mothers who, due to immigration, work and other reasons, are alone at such an important moment in their lives and that is where her role as Doula takes on its purpose. As Doula and Health Promoter, Maricela is working with her Latino/indigenous community informing and preventing illnesses, encouraging mothers to breastfeed as basic nutrition for newborns, talking about issues, mental and physical health, and breaking down with informed education, stigmas that prevent the well-being of the Latino community. When we inform and serve, we also respect the culture and practices of the community.

Aida Inuca belongs to the community of the original Kichwa peoples of the Andes. She lives with her family in the city of Madison. Currently, she is a Member of the Raíces Para el Cambio Cooperative where she works with the indigenous and Latino community of Madison and its surrounding area as a labor and postpartum Doula. Aida has taught workshops on trauma-informed care and is also a facilitator and coach in Mindfulness-based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP).

BREAKOUT: African American Breastfeeding Network (AABN) | Dalvery Blackwell

Session details: The African American Breastfeeding Network (AABN) was established 15 years ago to improve maternal child health and champion breastfeeding equity. The organization is committed to advancing system and policy changes, partnering with allies and implementing community-based, family-centered culturally tailored health education and support services. The AABN has built eminent goodwill in the community and has been recognized and featured in local, state, and national media and reports.

Dalvery Blackwell is Executive Director and a co-founder of the African American Breastfeeding Network (AABN). She is a Certified Lactation Consultant and holds a bachelor’s in journalism/Communications. Through Dalvery’s leadership, the AABN has received several awards and recognitions including: 2023 Black Excellence Award, 2021 Wisconsin Public Health Association Award for Excellence in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, 2017.

BREAKOUT: Moms Mental Health Initiative (MMHI) | Sarah Ornst Bloomquist (bio above)

Session Details: Moms Mental Health Initiative (MMHI) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping moms navigate perinatal mood and anxiety disorders by sharing information, connecting them to resources and providing peer-driven support. As experienced community advocates, we make sure moms know they are not alone, ensure they get the right help quickly when they are suffering and give them a community to help them heal. In this breakout session, you will learn how MMH connects moms with perinatal mental health disorders to one another and evidence-based treatment.


10:00 a.m.


Eva Fassbinder Brummel
Destiny Pinnick, MPA – Moderator

10:05 a.m.


Jasmine Zapata, MD, MPH

10:10 a.m.

The Periscope Project

10:55 a.m.


11:00 a.m.

Working with Perinatal Mental Health Clients

Sarah Ornst Bloomquist, CFLE, CLC
Molly Peterson, BS, IBCLC
About MMHI
PMAD Resources
Perinatal Substance Abuse Infographic

11:45 a.m.

Community Lead Breakout Rooms

Us 2 Behavioral Health Care | Kinsey Pierre

Roots4Change | Maricela Martínez Munguia & Aída Inuca

African American Breastfeeding Network | Dalvery Blackwell

Moms Mental Health Initiative | Sarah Ornst Bloomquist

State Adolescent Health Resource Center (SAHRC) | Lynn Bretl

12:15 p.m.

Closing Remarks, Evaluation, Q & A

Destiny Pinnick

Planning Group
Eva Fassbinder Brummel
Sharon Gilbert
Mary Kusch
Virginia Loehr
Shawn Meyer
Karen Morris
Kyle Mounts
Kaitlin Tolliver
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*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.

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