Pacify and Managed Healthcare Executive Webinar

How to Reduce Maternal, Infant Health Risks During COVID-19


As payer and provider organizations look to improve health outcomes around the far-reaching impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, they must consider the unique needs of some of our most vulnerable populations, such as new and expecting mothers and their infants. A recent survey revealed that 60% of new and expecting mothers feel COVID-19 has made it more difficult to breastfeed, while 70% are concerned about in-person medical visits post-delivery.*

Data analysis shows that even a small dip in breastfeeding and infant vaccination rates could increase maternal mortality and cost the healthcare system hundreds of millions of dollars annually. Healthcare organizations will need to employ targeted population health strategies to keep costs down while improving maternal and pediatric health outcomes.

In this webinar you'll learn:

    • Reasons why the pandemic is leading to decreased breastfeeding and vaccination rates
    • Which segments are most at risk and assessments on the populations
    • The process to evaluate and implement a maternal and pediatric care telehealth solution
    • Contributing factors to lower breastfeeding rates for moms covered by Medicaid


Dan D’Orazio

CEO at Sage Growth Partners

Dan’s career includes extensive experience in value-creation, strategic advisory, marketing, and project launches for non-profit/public sectors as well as the corporate world. Dan has worked extensively with healthcare service providers, technology and device companies, payers, and provider organizations, and private equity/venture capitalists—with firms ranging from startups to Fortune 10 companies.

Melanie Silverman, MS, RD, IBCLC

CCO at Pacify

Melanie is a registered dietitian and board certified lactation consultant and is currently the Chief Clinical Officer for Pacify, a telehealth mobile application for new parents. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the International Lactation Consultant Association where she serves on the international Webinar Team. Melanie spent seven years at the University of Chicago Medical Centers in the burn unit, pediatric and neonatal intensive care units and pediatric outpatient clinics and almost twenty years in private practice in Illinois and California. Melanie received her Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University in Chemistry and Spanish and her Master of Science from Rush University in Chicago in clinical nutrition.

Dr. Eric Ball, MD, FAAP

Primary Care Pediatrician at Southern Orange County Pediatric Associates

Eric Ball is a primary care pediatrician at Southern Orange County Pediatric Associates, a member of the CHOC Children's Primary Care Network. Dr. Ball is the immediate Past President of the American Academy of Pediatrics in Orange County and a member of the Board of Directors of the AAP in California. He also serves on the Board of the Orange County Medical Association and is a delegate to the California Medical Association House of Delegates. Dr. Ball is active in immunization advocacy and policy, serving as a Board member of the California Immunization Coalition, and having led three immunization quality improvement projects.

Dr. Ball received his degree at Duke University, attended medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and trained in pediatrics at Stanford University, where he also served as Chief Resident.

Robert Dondes

Chief Advisor of Managed Care & Payor Networks at SCALE 

Robert Dondes was the founder and president of Concert LLC, a clinically integrated network and subsidiary of UPMC Pinnacle, the leading healthcare system in Central PA. His previous tenure includes 20-plus years as a managed care and health insurance C-suite executive. He served as president and CEO of HealthCentral, a 100,000 member managed care organization; was a founding partner of HealthWise of America (now United Healthcare); served as CEO of Toledo Health Plan; and was a founding principal and COO of WellCare Health Plans.

About Pacify Health

Pacify Health was founded on the idea that more can be done to use mobile technology to help families access excellent prenatal and pediatric care. Pacify’s industry-leading mobile platform provides instantaneous, 24/7 support to new mothers. Mothers who download the app can connect via video-visit with clinicians including nurses and lactation consultants. There are no appointments or scheduling, and calls are answered in an average of less than 30 seconds. Pacify serves a diverse range of mothers via contracts with leading hospitals, employers, Medicaid managed care companies, state Departments of Health, the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, and breast pump manufacturers. In 2019, Pacify was acquired by Advantia Health as part of its commitment to continued investment in technologies that improve the lives and health of women and their families.

About Managed Healthcare Executive

Managed Healthcare Executive provides C-suite executives at health plans and provider organizations the trends, analysis, strategies, and applications they need to innovate value in a rapidly changing health care landscape. The journal focuses on all aspects of the managed healthcare industry.