fetal medicine. His clinical practice and interests are in the areas of preterm birth, cervical insufficiency, multiple gestations, and intrapartum obstetrics.
Debra Bingham, Dr.P.H., R.N., LCCE, is the Vice President of Research, Education, and Publications for the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN). Debra has more than 30 years’ experience in Maternal Child Health Nursing, a master’s degree in perinatal nursing from Columbia University, and a doctorate in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Most of Dr. Bingham’s career has been spent working in hospital leadership positions at the front lines of health care. She has held the positions of Director of Maternal Child Health Nursing for two union hospitals in New York City and Manager of a large referral Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in New York City, a stand-alone birthing center in a small community hospital, and a fetal evaluation unit. Dr. Bingham has expertise in Quality Improvement (QI) and implementation science. She has led numerous QI inter-disciplinary initiatives, co-developed measures of clinical quality that are endorsed by the National Quality Forum, and is an author of articles in peer reviewed journals and of implementation toolkits. Dr. Bingham was the first Executive Director of the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative where she helped form the California Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review (CA-PAMR) committee, provided committee administrative oversight, helped devise the review methodology, performed data analysis, and served on the CA-PAMR committee.
Laurie Cawthon, M.D., M.P.H., is a Public Health Epidemiologist in the Division of Research and Data Analysis (RDA), Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. She conducts research and program evaluation studies about the health and welfare of women and children in Washington state, with a focus on those receiving publicly funded medical services. her specific areas of interest include maternity care and birth outcomes, health disparities, unintended pregnancy and family planning, early intervention, and chemical dependency during pregnancy. She has 20-plus years of experience in study design, data linkage, analysis, and operationalizing health measures with administrative data. She plays an active role on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality–funded Center of Excellence on Quality of Care Measures for Children with Complex Needs (PI: Mangione-Smith). Dr. Cawthon is committed to improving the quality of data used to evaluate health care services, and to improving medical care through multi-faceted quality improvement strategies. Prior to joining RDA, Dr. Cawthon worked in medical research in a variety of settings for more than 12 years. She received her M.D. and training in Public Health and Preventive Medicine from Oregon Health and Science University in