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9/24/2018  |   1:45 PM - 2:15 PM   |  Diamond Ballroom I

Approaches to Advocating for CMV in your State Department of Health

Several states have either enacted CMV legislation or are in the midst of moving CMV bills through legislatures. Some states have seen activity around CMV awareness and education in their health departments alongside or even without legislation. Panelists will represent states that have either passed a CMV law or are currently working on legislation and relationship building. They will talk about experiences working with their state health departments and discuss different avenues they’ve explored (such as the EHDI or infant mortality systems.) They will compare obstacles and pathways to successful advocacy and respond to questions about how they created openings and built relationships with stakeholders in their state health departments. Panelists will also provide examples of how they can serve as valuable stakeholders in moving forward CMV awareness, detailing the strengths and experiences that they can contribute to CMV action and to eliminating the impact of congenital CMV. This session is relevant for family members hoping to engage in advocacy at the state level with their departments of health. It is also relevant to clinicians and researchers hoping to support advocacy as stakeholders and build momentum within departments of health for increased CMV awareness and research. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions and think about relationship building with their own state department of health.

  • Discuss avenues to advocacy within state health departments and identify various stakeholders.
  • Identify ways to build relationships with stakeholders.
  • Learn from experiences of parents and how to work around potential obstacles.

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Heather Innis (Co-Presenter), hinnis@me.com;
I'm a CMV parent in Ohio. I've been working with our department of health in primarily the EHDI and infant mortality systems as an advocate for increasing knowledge about congenital CMV. Recently, I helped shepherd through legislation that identifies June as CMV Awareness Month in the state of Ohio.

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Sara Doutre (Primary Presenter), saradoutre@gmail.com;
Sara Doutre's daughter, Daisy, is deaf due to congenital CMV. Sara is a former special education teacher and worked for the United States Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs. She is a special education policy consultant and advises states on special education, disability and early intervention policy. Sara worked on Utah's CMV legislation and is a co-founder and board member for the National CMV Foundation.

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Kathleen Muldoon (Co-Presenter), kmuldo@midwestern.edu;
Dr. Muldoon received her PhD (Anthropology) from Washington University in St. Louis. She is Associate Professor of Anatomy at Midwestern University, Glendale, AZ, where she teaches anatomy and embryology to medical and allied health students. Dr. Muldoon maintains several distinct areas of scholarly research, including anatomy education with interest in the effectiveness of teaching innovations on knowledge retention and public health knowledge. Her research interests include evaluating methods for prevention of congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection through professional education, and promotion of CMV awareness and behavioral interventions in the community. Dr. Muldoon's research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Geographic Society, and American Philosophical Society, among others. She has given research seminars and outreach workshops nationally and internationally. Her work has been featured on National Public Radio. Dr. Muldoon is the proud mother of three children: her four-year-old son has multiple disabilities due to congenital CMV.

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Kim Hill (Co-Presenter), hill.kns@gmail.com;
Kim is a CMV parent doing advocacy work within the EHDI system in the state of North Carolina.

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