Hafsatou Diop is the Office of Data Translation Director at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. She serves as the State Maternal and Child Health Epidemiologist and the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) project Director. Dr. Diop is also the Director for the Massachusetts Pregnancy to Early Life Longitudinal (PELL) project. Hafsatou or “Fifi” received her medical degree from the University of Conakry School of Medicine and Pharmacy (Guinea) in 1990. She completed her residency in OB/GYN in Guinea in 1992. She served as the Director of Primary Health Care in Guinea from 1995 to 1997. She completed the 21st International Course of Epidemiology held at the Center for Research (INSERM) in Paris and did her field practicum at the Head Quarters of the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland in 1996. She received her Masters of Public Health degree with concentration in MCH in 2000 from the University of Honolulu, Hawaii. Prior to joining the Mass Department of Public Health, she also worked for Hyde Park Women’s Health in Boston, a private OB/GYN Office caring for women of all ages 2002 to 2004.



Christina Gebel started at the March of Dimes Massachusetts in June of 2016. She received her Masters in Public Health from the Boston University School of Public Health in 2012. Upon graduation, Christina spent two years in public health research, where she primarily analyzed qualitative data. Christina’s deep passion for moms and babies comes from her work as a birth doula (DONA) and a Lamaze-certified childbirth educator (LCCE). She is involved in the birth community in Boston as well as with the work of Gene Declercq on the Birth by the Numbers website (birthbythenumbers.org), Facebook, and Twitter (@BirthNumbers) accounts. She has a unique interest in combining faith with maternal and child health, as well. Christina has authored and co-authored numerous peer-reviewed journal manuscripts, conference presentations, as well as a book chapter currently underway (Springer) on religion and public health education.



Bonnie Glass is a perinatal nurse with forty years of experience including direct patient care, leadership in hospital and ambulatory settings, professional practice development, maternal-newborn program innovations and growth, resolution of serious adverse events and support for perinatal practice through professional organizations, quality initiatives, community initiatives, teaching and research.

Ms. Glass is currently faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, College of Nursing with responsibilities for classroom and clinical activities for Maternal-Newborn and Women’s Health Nursing for undergraduate students. She works as Principal/Consultant for the Center for Perinatal Practice whose mission is to provide clinical, administrative and educational support for public and private organizations who provide services for women, children and families. Ms. Glass’ work is focused on identifying the discreet contribution nurses make to the health of individuals, families and communities: measuring the outcomes of nursing interventions, designing systems for accountability and resource allocation.



Munish Gupta, MD MMSc

Munish Gupta is a staff neonatologist and the Director of Quality Improvement for the Department of Neonatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and Instructor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.  His academic interests focus on innovative approaches to quality improvement and patient safety.  He is chair of the Neonatal Quality Improvement Collaborative of Massachusetts (NeoQIC), and has worked extensively with state and national efforts to foster the development of state-based perinatal quality collaboratives. 




Andrew J Healy is an Assistant Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School - Baystate. He completed his residency at Albany Medical Center and fellowship at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

He currently serves as the Medical Director of Obstetrics, Chair of the Perinatal Committee, and Co-Chair of the Obstetric Leadership Committee at Baystate Medical Center. He is also the co-chair of the Outcomes Project-Western Massachusetts for the Massachusetts Perinatal Quality Collaborative.

Ronald  Iverson is the Clinical Lead for Quality in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Boston Medical Center. He has completed training as an Improvement Advisor at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and has led numerous large scale QI projects at BMC. He continues to explore the uses of the EMR for improving care and for communication within a service and with outside systems. He has a strong interest in safety bundle initiation, and has led department projects on the institution of care bundles addressing venous thrombosis prophylaxis, OB hemorrhage care and obstetric hypertension. He is the co-vice chair of the Massachusetts Perinatal Quality Collaborative within the Massachusetts Perinatal-Neonatal Quality Improvement Network (PNQIN), working to improve maternity care throughout Massachusetts through QI method. With PNQIN he is working to improve the care of women with opioid use disorder in pregnancy in Massachusetts.



Mark J Manning is an Assistant Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is a former Captain in the United States Marine Corps and served in various leadership positions during his military service.

He currently serves as Chief of General Obstetrics and Gynecology, Department Quality and Patient Safety Officer and Ambulatory Physician Leader for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He also serves as the Chair for the Massachusetts Perinatal Quality Collaborative.





Glenn Markenson is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Boston University and the Division Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Boston Medical Center. In addition, he is the Chair of one of the combined Boston Medical Center/Boston University School of Medicine, Institutional Review Boards which oversees human subject research at the institutions. He is actively involved in the Massachusetts Perinatal Quality Collaborative, and served as the organization’s first Director. He is active in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist currently serving as the Vice-Chair of the Massachusetts Section and serves on the Committee for Health Care for Underserved Women. His research interest include methods to predict preterm birth and gestational diabetes prevention.



Audra R. Meadows is a clinical faculty member of The Brigham and Women’s Hospital Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and an instructor at Harvard Medical School. She received her MD from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and completed a chief residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Prior to joining the faculty in 2008, Audra received the Commonwealth Fund Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy at Harvard Medical School and obtained a Masters of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. Audra actively engages in clinical, public health and policy initiatives to prevent preterm birth and infant mortality. In addition to full time clinical practice, Audra works to (1) establish clinical and community based, quality improvement intervention programs to improve birth outcomes and eliminate health disparities and (2) sustain a high performing system of perinatal care delivery across clinical practices in Boston. She has demonstrated this work in her roles as Massachusetts Perinatal Quality Collaborative (MPQC) Preterm Birth Prevention Committee Chair, Medical Director of the BWH Birth Equity Initiative at the Center for Community Health and Health Equity, Medical Director for the Boston Public Health Commission’s Healthy Start Initiative and Director of the BWH Group Prenatal Care Practice. Audra has received the BWH Obstetrics/Gynecology Foundation Fellowship, the BWH Minority Faculty Development Award and the BWH Nesson Fellowship for her work.



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