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State Delegates

Martha Smith MSN, RN
MO MCH Director, State Lead for Public Health Nursing
Martha.Smith@health.mo.gov
Mo Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), Division of Community and Public Health
Serves as the Chief MCH Strategist for MO, provides direction for all DHSS MCH processes, including administering the Title V MCH Block Grant and serving as the state Title V Director, and serves as the state lead for public health nursing.
Women/Maternal Perinatal/Infant Children Adolescent CYSHCN
Topic(s) of Interest:
MCH, Public Health Nursing, Advanced Practice Nursing, LifeCourse Perspective, birth justice, social drivers of health
Nina Nganga MPH
MCH Coordinator
Nina.Nganga@health.mo.gov
Mo Department of Health and Senior Services, Division of Community and Public Health
Coordinates preparation of the Title V MCH Block Grant annual application and report, prepares the quarterly MCH Newsletter, and coordinates other broad MCH initiatives and projects.
Women/Maternal Perinatal/Infant Children Adolescent CYSHCN
Topic(s) of Interest:
MCH , Public Health, Healthcare
Karen Harbert MPH
Lead MCH Epidemiologist
Karen.Harbert@health.mo.gov
Mo Department of Health and Senior Services, Division of Community and Public Health
Coordinates all MCH epidemiology processes, including ongoing MCH needs assessment, and serves as the lead for MO SET-NET and PRAMS.
Women/Maternal Perinatal/Infant Children Adolescent CYSHCN
Topic(s) of Interest:
Epidemiology, Public Health

Missouri MCH Members

Andrea Tray MPH
CYSHCN Director
Andrea.Tray@health.mo.gov
Mo Department of Health and Senior Services, Division of Community and Public Health
Serves as the lead point-of-contact and liaison to partners and stakeholders related to priorities for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN), family engagement and medical home for all children.
CYSHCN Child Adolescent Perinatal/Infant
Topic(s) of Interest:
CYSHCN, Family Partnership, Medical Home, data analysis
Sheree Pursley
Southeast MO Family Partner, AMCHP Family Delegate
Sheree.Pursley@health.mo.gov
Mo Department of Health and Senior Services, Division of Senior and Disability Services
Serves as the Southeast MO Family Partner for the Bureau of Special Health Care Needs, providing resource information and peer support to families of CYSHCN, and serves as the AMCHP Family Delegate.
CYSHCN
Topic(s) of Interest:
CYSHCN, Family Partnership
Andrew Schnabel
MCH Research/Data Analyst
Andrew.Schnabel@health.mo.gov
Mo Department of Health and Senior Services, Division of Community and Public Health
Provides research support and data analysis for MCH processes.
Women/Maternal Perinatal/Infant Children Adolescent CYSHCN
Topic(s) of Interest:
Health Eco0mics
Taufa Ahmed MPH
MCH Research/Data Analyst
Taufa.Ahmed@health.mo.gov
Mo Department of Health and Senior Services, Division of Community and Public Health
Provides research support and data analysis for MCH processes.
Women/Maternal Perinatal/Infant Children Adolescent CYSHCN
Topic(s) of Interest:
Epidemiology, Public Health
Venkata Garikapaty Phd, MPH
Assistant Deputy
Venkata.Garikapaty@health.mo.gov
Mo Department of Health and Senior Services, Division of Community and Public Health
Oversees all epidemiology for public health practice and serves as state lead for SSDI.
Women/Maternal Perinatal/Infant Children Adolescent CYSHCN
Topic(s) of Interest:
Epidemiology, MCH, Public Health
Andra Jungmeyer MPH
she/her/hers
Adolescent Health Coordinator
Andra.Jungmeyer@health.mo.gov
Mo Department of Health and Senior Services, Division of Community and Public Health
Coordinates adolescent health programs and initiatives.
Adolescent
Topic(s) of Interest:
Adolescent Health, LGBTQ+, Suicide/Self-Harm Prevention
Sara Gorman MSN, RN
MCH Services Program Manager
Sara.Gorman@health.mo.gov
Mo Department of Health and Senior Services, Division of Community and Public Health
Manages the MCH Services Program, which works with the 115 local public health agencies to build community-based systems and expand the resources those systems can use to respond to priority MCH issues; provide and assure mothers and children (in particular those with low income or with limited availability of health services) access to quality MCH services; reduce health disparities for women, infants, and children, including those with special health care needs; promote the health of mothers and infants by assuring prenatal, delivery, and postpartum care for low income, at-risk pregnant women; and promote the health of children by providing preventive and primary care services for low income children.
Women/Maternal Perinatal/Infant Children Adolescent CYSHCN
Topic(s) of Interest:
MCH, Public Health Nursing, Health Education
Sarah Ehrhard Reid MPH
she/her/hers
Chief, Office on Women’s Health
Sarah.Ehrhardreid@health.mo.gov
Mo Department of Health and Senior Services, Division of Community and Public Health
Manages maternal and women's health programs, including: Baby and Me Tobacco Free Program-Telehealth, Cora Faith Walker Doula Training Program, Extended Women’s Health Services, Maternal Autopsy Reimbursement, Maternal Mortality/Pregnancy Associated Mortality Review (PAMR), Perinatal Quality Collaborative (PQC), Maternal & Neonatal Levels of Care, Pregnancy Assistance Information, Prenatal Care Clinic in Kansas City, Sexual Assault Forensic Exams via Telehealth Statewide Network (SAFE-T Network), Sexual Violence Prevention, Women’s Health Council, and Women’s Health Initiatives.
Women/Maternal Perinatal/Infant
Topic(s) of Interest:
Women's Health, Domestic Violence
Angie Oesterly
Chief, Bureau of WIC and Nutrition Services
Angie.Oesterly@health.mo.gov
Mo Department of Health and Senior Services, Division of Community and Public Health
Oversees Breastfeeding Program, Breastfeeding Peer Counseling, and the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
Women/Maternal Perinatal/Infant Children
Topic(s) of Interest:
Maternal ,infant and early childhood nutirition, nutrition education, and breastfeeding promotion and support.
Angel Surdin MS, MFA
she/her
Chief, Office of Mi0rity Health and Health Equity
Angel Surdin@health.mo.gov
Mo Department of Health and Senior Services, Division of Community and Public Health
Provides direction to programs across the Department regarding mi0rity health and health equity and oversees Mi0rity Infant Mortality Prevention Initiative, Equity in Obesity Prevention, and Promoting Healthy Mi0rity Communities initiiatives.
Women/Maternal Perinatal/Infant Child Adolescent CYSHCN
Topic(s) of Interest:
Heaith equity, diversity, inclusion, social & racial justice, social drivers of health
Lisa Ivy
Administrator, Office of Childhood
Lisa.Ivy@dese.mo.gov
Mo Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Oversees programs related to child care, home visiting (including MIECHV), Safe Sleep, early learning, and early intervention for children birth to age five, as well as afterschool programs for school-age children.
Perinatal/Infant Children
Topic(s) of Interest:
Early Childhood Development & Early Education
Bradd Anderson EdD
he/him/his
Director, ParentLink
andersonb@missouri.edu
University of Missouri (MU), College of Education and Human Development
Supports Missouri families and communities by linking parents and professionals to evidence-based information and vetted resources, assisting in navigating barriers to access and service, and following up ensure needs were met.
Women/Maternal Perinatal/Infant Children Adolescent CYSHCN
Topic(s) of Interest:
Evidence-based support and information for families, parents, and caregivers to help them grow, thrive, and develop an effective action plan to meet their family’s needs.
Danielle Chiang PhD
Director, Maternal and Child Health Applied Quantitative Research Psychometrician
chiangd@umkc.edu
University of Missouri, Kansas City (UMKC), Institute for Human Development
Administers the MO Maternal Health Multisector Action Network
Women/Maternal Perinatal/Infant
Topic(s) of Interest:
Research, Women with SUD & Mental Health Challenges