ALPQC Leadership

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.

Eric 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 Birmingham (UAB). He provides expertise in Lean – Six Sigma 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 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 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.

Martha 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. 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

NameCredentialsOrganization Representing
Rosemary Blackmon Alabama Hospital Association
Brian BrocatoDO, FACOGBrookwood Baptist Health Primary and Specialty Care Network
Janet BronsteinPhDUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Public Health
Mallory CamerioBSMedical Association of the State of Alabama
Lisa CarterMSN, RN, CLCAlabama Department of Public Health, Perinatal Program
Britta CedergrenMPH, MPAMarch of Dimes, Maternal Child Health & Government Affairs
Eric FordPhDUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Public Health
Samuel GentleMDUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham, Pediatrics, Neonatology
DeeAnne JacksonMD, MPHUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham, Academic General Pediatrics
Drew NelsonMPHAlabama Medicaid, Quality Assurance Division
Cathy NicholsRNAssociation of Women’s Health, Obstetric & Neonatal Nurses, Alabama Section
Ginnie PraterMDBlue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama
Rhiannon ReedDrPHConsumer Representative
Lacie RingMEdConsumer Representative; State Representative for Save The Mommies
Melinda RoweMDAlabama Medicaid
Janice SmileyMSN, RNAlabama Department of Public Health, Perinatal Program
Sheri SmithRN, BSNSoutheast Health
Allison ToddMSN, RNUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham, OB/GYN
Dianna TullierMEdAlabama Department of Early Childhood Education
Martha WingateDrPHUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Public Health