About us

We are a nonprofit coalition of stakeholders seeking to improve health of New Mexico women and children through best practices in New Mexico hospitals. Our members include New Mexico hospitals, the Department of Health, insurers, NM Hospital Association, March of Dimes, and other community organizations such as Young Women United.

We want to help improve health outcomes! New Mexico has opportunities!

Board of Directors:

Kent Argubright, MD, Perinatal Associates of New Mexico
Katie Avery, RN, CNP, Maternal Health Manager, NM DOH
Gillian Burkhardt, MD, UNM, Department of OB/GYN
Eve Espey, MD, MPH, Chairperson, Department of UNM OB-GYN
Emma Gamelsky, MS, March of Dimes, Maternal and Child Health Director
Janis Gonzales, MD, MPH, FAAP, Bureau Chief/Medical Director, Family Bureau DOH
Jean Howe, MD, Indian Health Service
Ellen Interlandi, RN, MPH, Clinical Consultant, NM Hospital Association
Mark Kassouf, Bureau Chief of Vital Records and Health Statistics, NM DOH
Larry Leeman, MD, MPH, UNM Family & Community Medicine
Amy Levi, CNM, PhD, Albers Professor of Midwifery, UNM College of Nursing
Abe Lichtmacher, MD, Lovelace Hospital
Tom Massaro, MD, NM Department of Health
Sharon Phelan, MD, FACOG, Professor Emeritus – Ob-GYN
Keri Rath, MD, Lincoln Medical Center
Valerie Rappaport, MD, Pinon Perinatal
Abby Reese, CNM, PhD, Interim Executive Director, NM Perinatal Collaborative
Cathy Rocke, MBA, Deputy Director, Public Health Division, NM DOH
Linda Siegle, Resources for Change

Executive Committee Officers

  • Eve Espey

  • Janis Gonzales
    Vice President

  • Amy Levi

  • Linda Siegle

  • Abby Reese
    Interim Executive Director

Work Group Chairs

Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome: Larry Leeman
Improved access to long acting reversible contraception (LARC): Abby Reese
Improved management and reduction of maternal obstetrical hemorrhage: Katie Seligman

Which stakeholders are represented?

The board of directors of our Perinatal/Neonatal Collaborative consists of local representatives, including insurers (i.e., Medicaid), private healthcare personnel and consumers, as well as the following agencies:

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