ALPQC Leadership


Matthew FifoltEric W. Ford, PhD, Quality Improvement Lead

Eric is a Professor in the School of Public Health and the Collat School of Business at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).  He provides expertise in Lean - Six Sigman and Quality Improvement / Assurance (QI/QA) programs for healthcare organizations and governmental initiatives.  Major projects include studies of hospital operations at Cone Health in Greensboro, NC; an assessment of the Texas' Nursing Home Survey System; and an evaluation of the Leapfrog Group's employer engagement grant.

 


Samuel GentleSamuel 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

DeeAnne Jackson, MD, MPH, Pediatrics Lead

DeeAnne is an Associate 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 and attending physician in the Pediatric Resident’s Primary Care Clinic, 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.


Sara MazzoniBrian 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.


Martha WingateMartha Wingate, DrPH, 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.  She is the Director of the HRSA-funded Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Education, Science and Practice.  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.


Steering Committee

Name Credentials Organization Representing
Rosemary Blackmon   Alabama Hospital Association
Brian Bocato 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
Britta Cedergren MPH, MPA March of Dimes, Maternal Child Health & Government Affairs
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
Matthew Moore MPH University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Public Health
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
Lacie Ring MEd Consumer Representative; State Representative for Save The Mommies
Melinda Rowe MD Alabama Medicaid
Janice Smiley MSN, RN Alabama Department of Public Health, Perinatal Program
Sheri Smith RN, BSN Southeast Health
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