Minority Maternal Health ECHO

About Minority Maternal Health ECHO

Sessions will resume in September 2023

In partnership with the Indiana Minority Health Coalition (IMHC), the IUPUI ECHO Center invites you to join the Minority Maternal Health (MMH) ECHO. 

Become part of a network of birthing professionals exploring clinical practice changes that can help to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality among Black women in Indiana. In each ECHO session, you will meet to discuss didactic content related to disparities often faced by Black women and review a patient story with a multidisciplinary group including:

  • Physicians
  • Advanced practice providers
  • Nurses
  • Doulas
  • Midwives
  • Community health workers, and
  • Other healthcare providers

The MMH ECHO meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month from 11:30-1:00 p.m. ET. 

Register for MMH ECHO

For any questions, please feel free to reach out to our Program Coordinator, Kaley Liang: klliang@iu.edu 

This ECHO is supported in partnership with Anthem and the Indiana Minority Health Coalition. To learn more about the IMHC, please visit: imhc.org


Upcoming Didactic Topics

Curriculum topics are subject to change

DateDidactic Topic

Sessions will resume in September 2023

Recorded didactic presentations are available to our registered participants in our Canvas Resource Library.

DateDidactic Topic
04/06/2022Overview of ECHO & the Goal of the MMH ECHO
05/04/2022Count the Kicks
06/01/2022Race, Equity, and Maternal Health
07/06/2022"I see you" and "I am here": Addressing Stress & Anxiety in Black Perinatal Women
08/03/2022Preeclampsia: Diagnosis and Treatment
09/07/2022COVID & Pregnancy: Making the Case for Transformational Change
10/05/2022So much more than "Are you safe at home?" A discussion on domestic violence
11/02/2022An Overview of the Statewide Indiana Pregnancy Promise Program
12/07/2022Doulas: Birth Advocates
01/04/2023PATH4YOU: Pregnancy at a Time that is Happy and Healthy for YOU
02/22/2023Pregnancy and Heart Health
03/01/2023Moral Injury
04/19/2023A General Overview of Treatment of HIV Infection and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) in Pregnancy

Hub Team

Lauren Dungy-Poythress, MD, FACOG


Associate Professor | IU School of Medicine

Lauren Dungy-Poythress, MD, an accomplished board-certified physician specializing in Maternal-Fetal Medicine and educator, brings to her patients and their physicians more than 25 years of perinatology experience.   She has designed, developed, and led successful Maternal-Fetal Medicine offices and/or programs in three states. 

Dr. Dungy-Poythress has held faculty appointments as an associate and assistant professor at several university medical programs and serves, or has served, on multiple community boards and programs, some of which include the Women’s Fund Advisory Board, The State Board of Directors for the March of Dimes, The Indiana Perinatal Network, The Julian Center Board of Directors, and Officer and Board of Directors for the Dungy Family Foundation, Inc.

Emmalee K. Garate, CCHW


Community Health Doula, Member of DONA, INCHWA

Emmy Garate found out about doula services and that she wanted to be a doula when she saw a job posting for a community doula position with Indiana Minority Health Coalition in 2020. She had no idea of the beautiful support that doulas provide or of the dismal maternal and infant mortality rate in the US, Indiana, and her county of residence, Cass. At that same time, she learned of the significant positive impact that doula services can have in reducing Cesarean births and improving birth outcomes through continuous one-on-one care at a birth. With a broader understanding of racial bias in healthcare and learning the fact that Black moms are twice as likely to die in childbirth than other moms regardless of education level or socioeconomic status, she knew she wanted to be part of community doula work in her community!  
She strives to make sure underserved populations in her community have access to doula services through the Community Doula Services Program offered by Indiana Minority Health Coalition in Cass County. 

Sonté Nikki Hunt


Doula | IMHC Community Doula Services Program

Sonté Hunt has been a Doula for the Indiana Minority Health Coalition’s Community Doula Services Program for six years. Hunts’ past experience as a licensed massage therapist has helped her in the delivery room with new mothers. Sonté is a wife and mother of seven.

Jasmine Johnson, MD, FACOG


Assistant Professor of Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology | IU School of Medicine

Jasmine Johnson, MD is a wife, mother of two, and Maternal-Fetal Medicine faculty at Indiana University Health. Dr. Johnson received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, medical degree at Indiana University School of Medicine, and completed OBGYN residency and MFM fellowship at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.Dr. Johnson’s research interests include health equity and quality improvement efforts to help reduce severe maternal morbidity and maternal mortality. Dr. Johnson strives to be a fierce advocate for the historically marginalized populations of her community. 

Lauren Lancaster, MPH


Maternal Child Manager | Indiana Minority Health Coalition

Lauren Lancaster is a Maternal Child Health Manager at the Indiana Minority Health Coalition.  Within her role, she works to advance the Indiana Minority Health Coalition’s agenda to eliminate racial disparities within maternal and child health throughout the state by facilitating events and programs to educate and inform the community and stakeholders. Lauren is committed to seeing that all pregnant people have healthy and safe pregnancies, labors, and deliveries and that they and the baby both return home to their families.

Velvet G. Miller, PhD, MPA, MEd, BSN, FAAN


Director | Not 1 More Project, Inc.

Velvet G. Millerbegan her career as a professional nurse, practicing in a variety of clinical and administrative positions. Dr. Millerhas also served in senior positions in the public,private,academic, and non-profit sectors. The consistent thread throughout her career continues to be ensuring affordable, geographic, and equitable access to health care, with a focus on people of color. 

Lucinda Reese


Doula | IMHC Community Doula Services Program

Lucinda Reese is a bilingual Birth, Postpartum, and Educator Doula serving the St. Joseph County area. She provides services for mamas and families during their pregnancy journey. Lucinda has been DONA Internationally trained since 2017 and provides support to all pregnant persons who need assistance navigating the challenging barriers and inequities often faced within the healthcare system. As a certified Community Healthcare Worker, Lucinda strives to make a difference through advocacy, education and awareness. She believes we can make a huge impact, playing even the smallest role in this fight against racial inequities and insuring inclusion through empowerment and education within our minority communities.

Ashley Stowe, MSW, LSW


Clinical Coordinator | Indianapolis Healthy Start program 

Ashley Stowe is a licensed social worker with two years of medical pediatric social work experience at Peyton Manning Children's Hospital and Riley Hospital for Children. She currently serves as the Clinical Coordinator for the Indianapolis Healthy Start program for the Marion County Public Health Department. Ashley has started her journey to dedicate her social work career to maternal and child health and is looking forward to offering support to mothers and their babies in Marion County and plans to obtain her clinical license in social work (LCSW) and become certified in Perinatal Mental Health (PMH-C) through Postpartum Support International organization.  

Vanessa Summers


State Representative & Public Policy Associate | Indiana Minority Health Coalition

Vanessa’s primary goals in the Indiana General Assembly include working on Maternal mortality for women and improving the infant mortality rate in Indiana and addressing all issues directly affecting children. She has authored or co-authored bills that work to improve the foster care system in Indiana, help law enforcement locate missing and endangered children, and establish safe sleep standards for children while at daycare. She also works to even the playing field for the daycare system in Indiana by addressing the great difference between licensed day care facilities and day care ministries. 

In 2012, Vanessa became the first African American woman to become assistant Democratic Caucus Chair. She then became the first African American Woman to be Democratic Caucus chair. She is presently the longest-serving African American woman in the General Assembly in Indiana.  

Vanessa is currently a Public Policy Associate for the Indiana Minority Health Coalition in Indianapolis.

Nicole Williams


Doula | IMHC Community Doula Services Program

Nicole Williams is a Doula for the Indiana Minority Health Coalition’s Community Doula Services Program. As mother of 5 with a passion to serve others, she has worked with IMHC for 16 years and enjoys being hands on and 10 toes down in the community.