New MCH Leaders
MCH AND TITLE V DIRECTOR
Mary Ellen Cunningham
Chief, Bureau of Women’s and Children’s Health
Arizona Department of Health Services
Sarah Verbiest, DrPH, MSW, MPH
Senior Advisory Consultant
CDC Preconception Health and Health Care (PCHHC) Initiative
Dr. Verbiest is the executive director, UNC Center for Maternal and Infant Health and Research Assistant Professor in the OB/GYN Department at the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She will be joining the PCHHC Initiative as a senior advisory consultant, bringing new, young, dynamic leadership to the movement to improve women’s health and pregnancy outcomes through preconception heath and health care. She has worked on the issue of preconception health through programmatic, policy and leadership activities for more than 10 years. She has been active at the national level, participating in the PCHHC Initiative Steering Committee, as well as the Consumer Work Group.
David W. Willis, MD, FAAP
Director, Division of Home
Visiting and Early Childhood Services (DHVECS) Maternal and Child Health Bureau
Dr. Willis will join MCHB as the DHVECS director this summer. He leaves his post as the Medical Director and co-founder of the Artz Center for Developmental Health & Audiology, a regional, multidisciplinary nonprofit organization that focuses on the demonstration of a unique clinical model for children and families – the Developmental Home in Oregon. His pediatric and early childhood leadership focuses on early brain and child development and building collaborations between the child health sector and the early childhood community that strengthen the developmental trajectories of the next generation of young children.
AMCHP WELCOMES NEW STAFF
Millicent Bright joined AMCHP as the summer intern for the women’s and infant health team in May 2012. She is a MPH candidate at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her concentration is in maternal and child health within the global community health and behavioral sciences department. She participates in the MCH Leadership Training Program as a HRSA MCHB fellow. Prior to her graduate studies, Millicent received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.
Vidya Venkataraman, a graduate student at the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health, joined the AMCHP policy team as a summer intern. She is pursuing a MPH degree in maternal and child health, with an interdisciplinary concentration in public policy. Vidya has an undergraduate degree in journalism and psychology from Christ University, Bangalore, India and The Asian College of Journalism, Chennai, India. In India, she worked with a nonprofit organization on an advocacy project related to tobacco control. The project’s multi-pronged advocacy model has been published in journals and was recently presented at the World Conference on Tobacco or Health, 2012. During her tenure at the organization, she also planned the media advocacy campaign for the project and handled media relations for the organization. Vidya’s interests lie in access to health care, maternal mortality, health law and policy, health communication, and the Millennium Development Goals.