Annual Meeting – July 21, 2021


Register to attend Nurture KC’s annual event on July 21! We’ll explore how to improve maternal health and outcomes in the Kansas City metro area. Anyone is welcome – community members, health care providers, case managers, policy makers and more. Our keynote speaker is Dr. Karen Florio with St. Luke’s Hospital. She will be discussing the HOPE Registry at St. Luke’s, implicit bias and how clinicians can push for culture change among their peers. You don’t want to miss this enlightening event.


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  • 8:30     Welcome – Samantha Collinson, MSN, APRN, CNM, Truman Medical Center & Nurture KC Board
  • 8:35     Nurture KC News – Tracy Russell, Nurture KC Executive Director
  • 8:45     Keynote Speaker – Karen Florio, D.O., MPH, FACOG, Saint Luke’s Hospital
  • 9:25     Maternal Morbidity in Kansas and Missouri – Tracy Russell, Nurture KC Executive Director
  • 9:55     “The Mind Body Connection” – Tamela Ross, PhD, The Healing Corner KC
  • 10:15   Healthy Start’s Community Health Nurse Program – Raechel Blades, MSN, RN, RNC-OB, CNE, Truman Medical Center and Nurture KC
  • 10:55   Break
  • 11:05   “Empowering Moms” Doula and Midwife Panel –
      •            Hakima Payne, MSN, RN, Uzazi Village
      •            Darcie Mendenhall, RN, CPM, Dreaming Tree Women’s Care
      •            Ashley Haden-Peaches, LMSW, CD (DONA), CLC, CBE, CPST, Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center
      •            Samantha Collinson, MSN, APRN, CNM, Truman Medical Center
  • 11:35   Call to Action
  • 12:00   Adjourn


This is a FREE Continuing-Education (CE) eligible event for active members of Nurture KC. For an annual fee of $35, you can become a member of Nurture KC or you can renew your membership if needed. For non-members, the fee to attend is $25 and you pay when you register.

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Karen Florio

Karen Florio, D.O., MPH, FACOG, will discuss the HOPE Registry at St. Luke’s, implicit bias and how clinicians can push for culture change among their peers. Karen Florio is a trusted and reliable maternal fetal medicine specialist serving the community of Kansas City, MO. Dr. Florio attended the New York Institute of Technology, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she earned her degree in osteopathic medicine. She then completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at New York Methodist Hospital. She also completed a fellowship in maternal and fetal medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Magee-Women’s Hospital. Dr. Florio is a part of Saint Luke’s Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialists of Kansas & Missouri, P.C. She is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is dedicated to helping patients receive the treatment they need so they can enjoy a positive and fulfilling lifestyle. Dr. Florio is sensitive to the uniqueness of each patient’s situation and adapts her consultations and treatment options appropriately to accommodate individual needs and concerns. She is devoted to ensuring the longevity of her patients’ health and developing long-lasting relationships with them. She takes her time to understand symptoms and give correct diagnoses to ensure the continued health of all her patients.