2019 Annual Forum โ€“ February 8th, 2019

2019 Annual Forum

Here are a few of our favorite highlights.

"Cigna is proud to be a Gold sponsor of the forum and to fund the Charlene and Shane Ventanilla scholarship memorial fund. We know there is no health without maternal mental health." โ€“ Dr. Jeff Klein, Cigna Market Medical Director

"Trauma is in the eye of the beholder." โ€“ Cheryl Beck, keynote, leading nurse researcher, birth trauma

"Instead of focusing on caring for my 4 pound premature baby, I was combing through hospital bills. We went to an in-network doctor and hospital and in total we had to take a cash advance to pay for the $10,000 in remaining bills... My postpartum depression lasted over a year. I was never asked how I was doing, not by my doctor, pediatrician or the hospital." โ€“ Joanna Joshua, mother of three

"She came into our case management service for lactation support and scored extremely high on the EPDS screening tool and was ready to walk in front of traffic. We were able to connect her in 48 hours to her OB for treatment plan development." โ€“ Founder of Mahmee in the Women's Tech/Start up breakout session

"I'm thankful that I am this strong willed person and that I fought my way to a recovery state of mind but everyone is not me." โ€“ Kay Mathews, mother of Troya, her stillborn baby girl

ZOMA Foundation


Friday, February 8, 2019
California Endowment, Los Angeles, CA

All times are Pacific Standard Time

Registration and Breakfast

Welcome and Introductions

A Mother's Personal Story #1
Joanna Joshua

Birth Trauma and Maternal Mental Health

Cheryl Beck, DSNc


Raising the Bar:
California Legislative Policy
and Health System Best Practices

Joy Burkhard, MBA
Founder and Executive Director, 2020 Mom
California MMH Health Policy & Implementation Resource Overview

Nina Martin
Investigative Journalist Lost Mother Series,

Joy Burkhard, MBA
Founder and Executive Director, 2020 Mom
California MMH Health Policy & Implementation Resource Overview

Patricia De Marco, MD
Medical Director MMH, Hoag Women's Health Institute, Orange County, CA

Gabrielle Mauren, PhD, LP
MMH Innovation Award Winner Park Nicollet Health Services, Twin Cities, MN


A Mother's Personal Story #2
Kay Matthews

Cost of Untreated MMH Disorders and
Payor Perspectives on Improving Maternity Care
and Mental Health Outcomes

Carole Mendoza
Director IBM Global Health Benefits and Wellness
Board Member, 2020 Mom

Adam Wolfberg, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Ovia Health:
Cost of Untreated MMH Disorders

Christine Morton, PhD
Research Sociologist, Author Birth Ambassadors

Becky Bailey
Senior Director Global Health Benefits and Wellness,

Melissa Real
Director U.S. Health Benefits Qualcomm

Stuart Lustig, MD
Senior Medical Director,
Cigna Behavioral Health

HomeBoy Bakery Dessert Bar


Keynote Speaker

Cheryl Beck,

Leading Birth Trauma Researcher
& Professor, University of Connecticut

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Dr. Beck is a professor at the University of Connecticut, School of Nursing. Over the past 20 years Dr. Beck has focused her research on postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. She has published over 100 journal articles on such topics as postpartum depression, and birth trauma including PTSD due to childbirth.  Dr. Beck is a certified nurse-midwife and holds a master's degree in maternal-newborn nursing from Yale University and received her Doctor of Nursing Science degree from Boston University. Dr. Beck is also a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She has received numerous awards such as the Eastern Nursing Research Societyโ€™s Distinguished Researcher Award, the Distinguished Alumna Award from Yale University and more.


Nina Martin

Nina Martin

Nina Martin, the lead investigative journalist of the Lost Mothers series, will both speak about her two years investigating the U.S. maternal death crisis, and moderate a panel addressing best practices in maternity and maternal mental health care.


Continuing Education Credits

Continuing education credit is available for a fee of $35 (in addition to the Forum registration fee). To sign up for CE credit, please first register for the Forum and then complete the steps provided in your confirmation email.

Childrenโ€™s Institute Inc. maintains responsibility for this continuing education program and its content. IVAT is administering the Continuing Education Program under sponsorship by Childrenโ€™s Institute Inc. This training meets the qualifications for up to 4.75 hours of continuing education credit for Licensed Psychologists, 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). 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.

CE Fees are non-refundable, but are transferable within this event.

Cancellation Policy

A $15 administrative fee will be charged if registration is canceled on or before January 31st. No refunds will be processed after that date.

Recommended Hotel

Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza, 251 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Book early as competing events are taking place. A room block has not been secured.

Scholarships Available!

Charlene & Shane Ventanilla

Charlene & Shane Ventanilla

The Charlene and Shane Ventanilla Memorial Scholarship has been established and funded by Cigna, to help those working for community based non-profit organizations, birth and postpartum doulas and/or lactation consultants primarily serving low income mothers, and students studying in a related field, attend the live event for $25. Ten (10) scholarships will be provided.
The deadline to submit scholarship applications for this yearโ€™s Forum has passed. Congratulations to the 10 recipients who were selected.

Second Annual Investor Dinner

Noe Restaurant, Omni Hotel, Los Angeles, CA
7 - 9:30pm, Thursday, February 7, 2019


This exclusive event is open to investors who have donated $300 or more by December 31, 2018, or who have become a Platinum InnerCircle Investor by March of the prior year. By invitation only, attendees will dine with our speakers and sponsors. Learn more about becoming an investor.

Past Annual Forums

Materials and highlights from previous forums are available here.