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Special Topic Course 26: Addressing Neonatal/Perinatal Health Disparities in the US from the Bedside: Achieving Health Equity through Neonatal Therapists

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Sponsored by Pampers Professional

Speaker: Terri Major-Kincade, MD, MPH, FAAP
Dr. Terri

Topic: Addressing Neonatal/Perinatal Health Disparities in the US from the Bedside: Achieving Health Equity through Neonatal Therapists

Course Description: Learners will review trends in neonatal/maternal mortality with emphasis on racial disparities, highlighting life course perspective and social determinants of health. 6 areas of expertise for neonatal therapists are highlighted to improve health equity by directly empowering marginalized parents.

Speaker Bio:

Terri Major-Kincade, MD, MPH, FAAP or Dr. Boo as she is affectionately called is a double board-certified neonatologist and pediatrician with over 20 years of experience as a clinician, perinatal health disparities advocate, and neonatal palliative care and perinatal hospice provider currently based in Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Terri is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and she holds an MD/MPH from the UCLA School of Medicine and completed her Pediatric Residency and Neonatology Training at UT Southwestern and UT Houston.

She has expertise in health equity and racial health disparities and has led several outreach initiatives to improve maternal and neonatal outcomes through partnerships with the March of Dimes Texas.

As a nationally sought leader in the area of perinatal health disparities, Dr. Terri currently serves as a National Board Member for the Pregnancy Loss and Infant Death Alliance where she leads their Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) efforts and on the Return to Zero-H.O.P.E. Clinical Advisory Board where she advocates for Neonatal Bereavement Resources for marginalized populations.

Dr. Terri is an Amazon Best Selling Author for her Book entitled Early Arrival: 9 Things Parents Need to know about life in the NICU and recently joined the Pampers Professional Team.

She is a highly requested keynote speaker known in the industry for her authenticity and compassion in discussing challenging topics around racial health disparities and neonatal palliative care.

00:00 – 2:00 min: Introduction to topic
02:00 – 15:00 min: Review trends in maternal and neonatal health disparities
15:00 – 35:00 min: Describe Origins of Racial Perinatal Health Disparities/Cliff of Good Health/Health Equity
35:00 – 45:00 min: Review Specific Neonatal Health Disparities
45:00 – 65:00 min: Highlight Unique Role of Neonatal Therapists for Health Equity
65:00 – 85:00 min: Summary of Innovative Approaches to Equity in the NICU
85:00 – 90:00 min: Learning assessment


Terri Major-Kincade, MD, MPH, FAAP

Financial Disclosures: No relevant disclosures

Nonfinancial Disclosures: No relevant disclosures

Course Financial Disclosure: This self-study online course was written by Dr. Terri Major-Kincade. Funding to develop and deliver this course was provided by Pampers.

Conflict of Interest: There is no conflict of interest for anyone with the ability to control content for this activity.

Target Audience:  OT, SLP, PT, RN, MD and Neonatal professionals

Educational Level: Intermediate


  1. Summarize the national trends in perinatal/neonatal health disparities
  2. Identify the relationship between maternal health disparities and neonatal health
  3. Recognize the historical context for persistent racial health disparities
  4. Summarize the unique role of neonatal therapists in decreasing neonatal disparities in the NICU
  5. List 6 key areas for neonatal therapists to increase health equity in the NICU

Instructional Methods: Recorded webinar, lecture, handouts, and reflection time.  Learning assessment and course evaluation follow course.

Course Completion Requirements:

The learner must view the entire webinar, complete the course evaluation and complete the post webinar learning assessment with at least 80% to receive education credit. Login and logout times will be recorded and documented.

Following completion of this course physical therapists, nurses and other disciplines will receive a certificate of completion and a zip file containing information necessary to submit to their individual state for education credit. Zip file will include course bibliography. Physical therapists are responsible for knowing and adhering to their state’s deadlines, rules and regulations.


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Continuing Education Information


AOTA CEUs: National Association of Neonatal Therapists® (NANT) is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID# 02812. This Distance Learning-Independent Course is offered at 0.15 CEUs (Intermediate level, Occupational Therapy Service Delivery & Professional Issues). AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.


ASHA CEUs: Learners must complete the entire course in order to receive ASHA CEUs. No partial credit awarded. ASHA CE Provider approval and use of the Brand Block does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures.

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PT CE Credit:  This activity has been approved by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 1.5 CCUs for PTs and PTAs.

NANT is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education.

Nursing Contact Hours: This nursing professional development activity was approved by The Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (OBN-001-91) Activity #2020-0000001455‍. Contact Hours: 1.5. Approval valid through 10/01/2023.

Questions regarding CE credit should be directed to the National Association of Neonatal Therapists at or (866) 999-5524.

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