2018 Annual Forum – February 9, 2018


This year we brought the leading expert in maternal mental health, Katherine Wisner, MD, MS to the stage to review her pioneering research, including the largest study to-date published in JAMA in 2013.  She discussed, among other things, depression in African American women, the rising incidence of mental health disorders including bipolar disorders in young women and helped us understand the need to address bipolar disorders.

We also heard from Chandra Ghosh Ippen, PhD on infant mental health and the relationship to maternal mental health.

Attendees were given ample opportunity to network, and participate in interactive policy solution round table.


February 9, 2018
California Endowment, Los Angeles, CA


Registration and Breakfast

Welcome and Introductions

Dyane Harwood: A Personal Story

Katherine Wisner, MD, MS: 
Maternal Anxiety, Depression and Bipolar Disorders:
onset, screening and more


Chandra Ghosh Ippen, PhD:
Infant Mental Health

Q & A Panel

Networking Lunch Session

1:30- 2:00pm
2020 Mom: 2017 Recap and 2018 Aims

2:00- 3:00pm
Policy in Action Table Discussions

Katherine Wisner, MD

Katherine Wisner, MD

Dr Wisner is the lead investigator of largest study of MMH disorders in the US and founder of the North American Perinatal Maternal Mental Health Society, bringing together researchers and thought leaders in MMH.

Dr. Ghosh Ippen, PhD

Dr. Ghosh Ippen, PhD



Dyane Harwood

Dyane Harwood

Dyane Harwood told her story about suffering from bi-polar disorder in the postpartum period.

Diana Barnes, PhD

Diana Barnes, PhD

Author and expert in the relationship between trauma, psychosis and infanticide.

Robin Hooper, LCSW

Robin Hooper, LCSW

Robin has provided therapeutic services to hundreds of women, children, and their families in her home state of Illinois. She currently works as a case manager for pregnant members who have a mental health diagnosis at a large Managed Care Organization (MCO) for Medicaid recipients.

First Annual Investor Dinner

This exclusive event was open to investors who have donated $300 or more by January 15, 2018.  By invitation only, attendees dined with our speakers and sponsors at Noe Restaurant at the Omni Hotel from 5-8pm on Thursday, February 8, 2018. Learn more about becoming an investor.

Continuing Education Credits

Continuing education credit were available for $50 (in addition to the regular registration fee). Credit was offered for psychologists, nurses, MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, LCSWs, and attorneys. Additional information regarding CE registration information is provided here.
IVAT is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. IVAT maintains responsibility for this continuing education program and its content. This training meets the qualifications for up to 5.0 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. The BBS continues to recognize APA as an approved provider of continuing education for LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCCs, and LEPs. IVAT is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses to offer continuing education for nurses (CEP #13737). This training meets the qualifications for up to 4.0 hours of continuing education credit as required by the California Board of Registered Nurses. IVAT is approved by the State Bar of California to offer Minimum Continuing Legal Education for attorneys (#11600).  CE credits approved by CA agencies are accepted in most states.

Recommended Hotels

(within about 5 miles of the California Endowment)
Sheraton Grand Downtown
The O Hotel
The Hilton Checkers Los Angeles

Scholarships Available!

The Charlene and Shane Ventanilla Memorial Scholarship has been established and funded by Cigna, to help those working for community based non-profit organizations and students studying in a related field, attend the live event or host a group webcast for $25.  Ten (10) scholarships were provided.

Live Webcast

Several organizations across the US hosted a livestream of the Forum.