2019 New York State Department of Health's Bureau of Women, Infant and Adolescent Health Provider Meeting


Loretta Ross

Loretta Ross, co-founder of the SistersSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective and nationally-recognized trainer on using the transformative power of Reproductive Justice to build a Human Rights movement that includes everyone. 

Keynote: Exploring Unintended Pregnancies through a Reproductive Justice Lens Unintended pregnancies are a matter of public health, women's rights, and maternal and infant mortality. This keynote will use the reproductive justice framework to examine why unmet needs for comprehensive sex education, access to pregnancy prevention, and disparate treatment at medical institutions can be addressed by focusing on a women's human rights. 


Dana Kaplan

Dana Kaplan, MD, FAAP, Director of Child Abuse and Neglect for the Department of Pediatrics at Staten Island University Hospital with research and clinical expertise in child abuse and human trafficking.

Keynote: Intersection of Human Trafficking and Public Health Human trafficking is a public health issue that can have long-term physical and mental health effects for victims. Vulnerabilities to trafficking can occur at different points across the life course. The programs within the Bureau of Women, Infant and Adolescent Health (BWIAH) may come into contact victims who are being trafficked, and, therefore, may be in a unique position to potentially identify and provide assistance to them. A recent study by the National Trafficking Resource Center found that 69% survivors had indicated that they accessed healthcare services at some point during their trafficking. In addition, providers within the BWIAH may also be in a position to provide supports and assistance to prevent a victim from being trafficked. This presentation will provide information that includes human trafficking definitions, red flags that may be present, an overview of New York State identification and reporting requirements or options, resources available, and how to respond in a trauma-informed and victim-centered way when providers encounter someone being trafficked.

Amy Cunningham

Amy Cunningham, national speaker on compassion, empathy, passion, and purpose; certified Compassion Fatigue Educator; and developer of the Compassion Fatigue Training Program.

Keynote: Compassion Fatigue and Resilience Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a health issue most people are familiar with, but what about those individuals who dedicate their lives to caring for the traumatized? What is the cost to them? Every day, police officers, firefighters, doctors, teachers, therapists, nurses, and others selflessly serve traumatized patients and victims. However, research has shown it comes at an extreme cost. The empathetic nature of caring professionals exposes them to an increased risk of vicarious trauma, or compassion fatigue, where the helper during a crisis can also become personally affected without personally experiencing the trauma. The PTSD symptoms can begin to manifest in those serving the traumatized and begin to create significant personal, emotional, and psychological changes within a person.