Leadership Team

Brian Brocato, DO, FACOG

Obstetrics Lead

Brian is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) specializing in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He is part of the Brookwood Baptist Health Primary and Specialty Care Network, dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment, and management of chronic and complex maternal and fetal health conditions. He received his medical degree from Western University in Pomona, CA in 2007 and completed his residency and fellowship training at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis. He is a Fellow of The American Congress of Obstetricians & Gynecologists. Brian has advanced knowledge of the obstetrical, medical, and surgical complications of pregnancy & their effect mothers & babies.

Samuel Gentle, MD

Neonatology Lead

Samuel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics (Division of Neonatology) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from UAB, completed his residency at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and completed a fellowship at UAB. His special interests include local and statewide quality improvement initiatives, education/curriculum development, and research related to prematurity.

DeeAnne Jackson, MD, MPH

Pediatrics Lead

DeeAnne is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics (Division of Academic General Pediatrics) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine. She received her medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia, completed both residency and fellowship at UAB/Children’s of Alabama, and received an MPH from the UAB School of Public Health. As Medical Director of the UAB Hospital Newborn Nursery, she develops curriculum/educational materials for pediatric residents and medical students, authors clinical protocols and policies, and participates in several Alabama committees relating to newborn care.

Martha S. Wingate, DrPH, MPH

Administrative/Public Health Lead

Martha is a Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Public Health. Her work focuses on preterm birth, fetal and infant mortality, racial and ethnic disparities in birth outcomes, public health systems, and health policies related to pregnancy and infant health. She provides local, statewide, and national technical assistance to the MCH workforce.

Staff

Evelyn Coronado-Guillaumet, MPH

Program Director

Martha is a Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Public Health. Her work focuses on preterm birth, fetal and infant mortality, racial and ethnic disparities in birth outcomes, public health systems, and health policies related to pregnancy and infant health. She provides local, statewide, and national technical assistance to the MCH workforce.

Julie McDougal, MAE

Julie is a Program Manager with the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy in the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She has been with the ALPQC since its inception in 2018, serving as its first Coordinator. Julie is a graduate of the UAB Research Coordinator Training Program, has a Master’s in Education from UAB, and a Bachelor’s in Respiratory Therapy from the University of South Alabama. The bulk of her career has been spent focused on supporting and expanding various aspects of Maternal and Child Health. Julie has loved seeing what started as a great idea blossom into a powerfully effective statewide collaborative with immense impact.

Steering Committee

Rosemary Blackmon

Alabama Hospital Association

 

Brian Brocato, DO, FACOG

Brookwood Baptist Health Primary and Specialty Care Network

 

Janet Bronstein, PhD

University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Public Health

 

Mallory Camerio, BS

Medical Association of the State of Alabama

 

Lisa Carter, MSN, RN, CLC

Alabama Department of Public Health, Perinatal Program

 

Donna Dunn, PhD, CNM, FNP-BC

Jacksonville State University

Alabama Office of Women’s Health

 

Eric Ford, PhD

University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Public Health

 

Samuel Gentle, MD

University of Alabama at Birmingham, Pediatrics, Neonatology

 

DeeAnne Jackson, MD, MPH

University of Alabama at Birmingham, Academic General Pediatrics

 

Drew Nelson, MPH

Alabama Medicaid, Quality Assurance Division

 

Cathy Nichols, RN

Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric & Neonatal Nurses, Alabama Section

 

Ginnie Prater, MD

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama

 

Rhiannon Reed, DrPH

Consumer Representative

 

Melinda Rowe, MD

Alabama Medicaid

 

Janice Smiley, MSN, RN

Alabama Department of Public Health, Perinatal Program

 

Allison Todd, MSN, RN

University of Alabama at Birmingham, OB/GYN

 

Dianna Tullier, MEd

Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education

 

Martha Wingate, DrPH

University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Public Health