PAC/LAC Conference

2017 Conference Presentations

Thank you for joining us this year and we look forward to seeing you next year!

You can download each of our faculty member’s presentations from the conference.

About the Conference

This event allows for the important dissemination of new and emerging clinical
practice standards as well as an opportunity to discuss health-related issues
affecting the perinatal community. This one day conference occurred on
June 1, 2017 and addressed many of the most pressing perinatal
issues in the healthcare community focusing on current neonatal and
obstetrical topics. The program was designed for perinatal nurses, pediatricians,
obstetricians, neonatologists, hospital administrators, social workers, health
educators and other professionals responsible for the care of mothers and/or
newborns. Topics presented explored areas of rapid change and significant
influence on the practice of perinatal and neonatal care, with an emphasis on
optimizing outcomes for mother and infant.


  • List three current Public Health Collaborative programs contributing to improved Maternal and Neonatal outcomes.
  • Describe the current Zika research and recommendations.
  • Identify effects of the Marijuana on the fetus and the newborn. Understand the implications of legalization of marijuana and the hospital staff role.
  • Implement techniques and tools to build a support system for the staff post traumatic events.
  • Explain controversies in newborn hypoglycemia and use of Glucose gel, based on the latest research.
  • Employ enhanced communication techniques to motivate the clinical team to adopt safe patient care.


Registration and Breakfast

Opening Remarks
Dr. Diana Ramos, MD, MPH

Opportunities for Collaboration to Improve perinatal Outcomes
Diana Ramos, MD, MPH

The Buzz on Zika and Pregnancy: An Update for Clinicians
Neil Silverman, MD

Break and Exhibits

The Impact of Marijuana on Pregnancy, the Fetus, and the Neonate
Margaret Lynn Yonekura, MD

Compassionate Care: Supporting Staff After a Crisis
Melodee Bartel, BSN, RN
Mr. Shannon Black, Ventura Fire Department

12:15pm Lunch

Poster Session and Exhibits

Award Presentations

Controversies in Neonatal Hypoglycemia
Priya Jegatheesan, MD, Neonatologist


Communication: Using Proven Aviation Principles in 21st Century Healthcare
Captain Stephen Wilkinson

Door Prizes and Closing

Continuing Education 

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Institute
for Medical Quality/California Medical Association’s CME Accreditation Standards
through the Perinatal Advisory Council: Leadership, Advocacy and Consultation
(PAC/LAC). PAC/LAC is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California
Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing education for physicians.
PAC/LAC designates this education activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category
1 Credit. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent
of their participation in the activity. This credit may also be applied to the CMA
Certification in Continuing Medical Education.

The Perinatal Advisory Council – Leadership, Advocacy and Consultation (PAC/
LAC) is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing Provider
CEP 5862. This course is approved for 7.0 contact hours of continuing education

PAC/LAC is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
to sponsor continuing education for LCSW, LMFT, LPCC and LEP. PAC/LAC
maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. This course is approved
for 6.0 continuing education units. PAC/LAC’s provider number is 128542.

This activity is sponsored by the Perinatal Advisory Council: Leadership, Advocacy,
and Consultation (PAC/LAC), a designated provider of continuing education
contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health
Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designed for Certified Health Education
Specialists (CHES) to receive up to 6.0 total Category 1 continuing education
contact hours.




Past Conferences

PAC/LAC 2016 Annual Conference

On May 20, 2016, more than 100 perinatal providers attended PAC/LAC’s 20th Annual Conference: Quality of Life for Families XX: Promoting a Culture of Safety in the Family Centered Care Model, hosted at the California Endowment in Los Angeles, CA.

2016 Conference Presentations

PAC/LAC 2015 Annual Conference

On June 4, 2015, more than 200 perinatal providers attended PAC/LAC’s 19th Annual Conference: Quality of Life for Families XIX: Perinatal Action Towards Quality Care for Mothers and Babies hosted at the California Endowment in Los Angeles, CA. 

Conference Presentations & Agenda

How Family Centered is Your Care? Implementing Family Centered Care presented by Susan G. Hawkes, MSN

Embracing Change: Working as a Clinical Team to Reduce C-Section Rates. It is Not Rocket Science, It is Behavioral Science presented by Timothy A. Leach, MD, FACOG

Necrotizing Enterocolitis and Feeding Regimens for Premature Babies at Risk for NEC presented by Jae Kim, MD, PhD

Born this Way? Prenatal Origins of Adult Obesity presented by Michael Ross, MD, MPH

Mock Trial presented by Gilbert Martin, MD

View conference photos

PAC/LAC 2014 Conference
The Quality of Life for Families XVIII: Improving Pregnancy Outcomes conference was held on May 29, 2014, at the California Endowment; more than 150 perinatal health professionals were in attendance. The conference included the following presentations: