Contact: Rocío Anderson, Director of Health Education for Maternal Child Health and NICU
Direct Phone: 919-424-2149

Annual Forum for Public Professionals Hosted at WakeMed’s Andrews Center

Raleigh, NC – April 18, 2018 – March of Dimes North Carolina Preconception Health Campaign (NCPHC) is hosting its annual forum, “Continuing Strides: Preconception Health’s Journey to a Healthier North Carolina,” Thursday, May 3 at the Andrews Center in Raleigh, NC.

This forum aims to increase provider awareness about the importance of preconception health care to help prevent infant mortality and improve maternal child health, encouraging providers to view every patient’s encounter as an opportunity to discuss preconception health and assess and modify risk factors for adverse perinatal outcomes.

Registration is required for attendance, seating is limited, and continuing education credits will be administered by Wake AHEC to qualifying professionals. Local organizations are invited to exhibit during the forum. Interested parties must email Rocío Anderson, Director of Health Education for Maternal Child Health and NICU Innovation at March of Dimes.

NCPHC is honored to have Sarah Verbiest, DrPH, MSW, MPH as the forum’s keynote speaker. Dr. Verbiest has spent more than 20 years working to improve the health of women and babies in North Carolina and the southeast, working as a program leader, strategic planner, educator, social worker, lobbyist, fundraiser, connector, systems-thinker, manager, researcher, and partner. She is the executive director of the UNC Center for Maternal and Infant Health, clinical associate professor in the UNC School of Social Work, co-founder and director of the Every Woman Southeast Coalition, and senior advisor to the National Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative (PCHHC).

NCPHC is a statewide initiative aimed at improving birth outcomes in North Carolina by reaching and educating women and men, health care professionals and community-based organizations. The Campaign provides training and programs on folic acid, reproductive life planning, healthy weight, and tobacco cessation. Other training programs include the annual Preconception Health Webinar Series, Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait®, and school-based curricula “Healthy Before Pregnancy” and “Healthy Squared: Now & Later.” For the latest resources and information, visit

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