The Steering Committee

The LA County African American Infant and Maternal Mortality Steering Committee guides the implementation of the LA County Department of Public Health’s 5-Year Action Plan to address African American Infant and Maternal Mortality as well as informs the development and implementation of strategies to complement the plan. This group also comes together to advance advocacy, awareness and policy change.

Steering Committee Members include:

Sonya Young Aadam, California Black Women's Health Project

Dr. Deborah Allen, Department of Public Health

Christina Altmayer, First 5 LA

Dr. Bita Amani, Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science

Linda Aragon, Department of Public Health

Esther Casas, Children’s Bureau

Barbara Dubransky, First 5 LA

Melissa Franklin, First 5 LA/National Children and Infants Collaborative

Kalene Gilbert, Department of Mental Health

Raena Granberry, Black Women for Wellness

Dr. LaTanya Hines, Kaiser Permanente

Tonce Jackson, PHFE WIC

Adjoa Jones, Department of Health Services

Felica Jones, Healthy African American Families

Mashariki Kudumu, March of Dimes

McKinley Kemp, Antelope Valley Partners for Health

Dr. Nomsa Khalfani, Essential Access Health

Gwendolyn Manning, Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services

Helen O'Connor, Department of Public Health

Dr. Simie Patterson, Kaiser Permanente

Kaci Patterson, LA Partnership for Early Childhood Investment

Theion Perkins, Department of Mental Health

Nakeisha Robinson, iDream for Racial Health Equity

Yolonda Rogers-Jones, Department of Public Health

Brandi Sims, First 5 LA

Tanishia Wright, Department of Public Health