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Dr. Margaret I. Handy Annual Memorial Lectureship

October 2020


The Dr. Margaret I. Handy Memorial Lectureship is designed to provide insights on cutting edge topics in neonatal/perinatal medicine and is held in honor of Dr. Margaret Handy, Delaware’s first pediatrician. This year’s conference will address the topic of health equity in the perinatal population.


Friday October 9, 2020 (8 a.m.–11:45 a.m.)
Location: Zoom Video-conference

Target Audience

This course is designed for neonatologists, primary care physicians, obstetricians, perinatologists, subspecialty pediatric physicians, pediatric, neonatal and obstetrical nurses, epidemiologists, and other health care providers for mother and infants.

Learner Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be better able to:

  1. Describe the impact of socioeconomic disparities on preterm birth
  2. Describe the impact of environment on maternal/child health
  3. Describe factors that influence health equity in the maternal/neonatal patient population


Please contact Lisa Allen with questions.


8:00 a.m. Introductions and Opening Remarks

Shazia Bhat, M.D.
Program Chair, Dr. Margaret I. Handy Memorial Lectureship
Associate Director, Division of Neonatology
ChristianaCare, Newark, DE

8:15 a.m. Environmental toxicants and racial disparities in birth outcomes in Philadelphia; repercussions of residential segregation and racism

Heather Burris, M.D., MPH
Attending Neonatologist, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

9:15 a.m.-9:45 a.m. Break

9:45 a.m. Social Determinants of Preterm Birth

Jennifer Culhane, Ph.D., MPH
Associate Research Scientist
Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

10:45 a.m. Adding Equity to the Equation of Maternal Health

Mona Liza Hamlin, MSN, RN, IBCLC
Nurse Manager, Perinatal Resources and Community Programs
Women & Children’s Service Line
ChristianaCare, Newark, DE

11:45 a.m. Conclusion


Heather Burris, M.D., MPH

Dr. Burris is a neonatologist and perinatal researcher motivated by unequal birth outcomes across populations in the United States. She uses molecular epidemiologic approaches to study the intersection of social and environmental factors and how they contribute to birth outcome disparities. She directs a birth cohort based in Boston where she and her colleagues have recruited over 950 pregnant women to study psycho-social stress, resilience and epigenetic biomarkers in mothers and infants. Her team also mines large hospital-based and national population-based datasets to analyze other contributors to unequal perinatal care and outcomes.

Jennifer Culhane, Ph.D., MPH

Dr. Culhane is a perinatal epidemiologist whose research interests include the effects of stress and infection on pregnancy outcome, but also include social determinants of preterm birth.  She was co-principal investigator of the Montgomery County, PA site of the National Children’s Study and led an expansive state-funded preterm delivery prevention project in Philadelphia.  She is now at Yale Medical Center.

Mona Liza Hamlin, MSN, RN, IBCLC

Ms. Hamlin is a neonatal nurse and board-certified lactation consultant by training and has championed providing access to breastfeeding support for African American mothers in Wilmington, DE.  She is an expert on health equity with a focus on food justice through breastfeeding support and has provided health equity training nationally.


This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

CE Contact Hours

ChristianaCare is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by Delaware Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.