Training, Advocacy & Education in Miscarriage Management
TEAMM is an interdisciplinary group grounded in reproductive health education and research that has received local and national recognition of their contributions to improving evidence-based comprehensive reproductive health care, including miscarriage management. Team members represent public health, medicine, nursing, health services research, health care administration, and service delivery. Our team has been engaged in this work since 2008, with overall project leadership and coordination in Washington State, and another team in South Carolina.
Washington State Team:
Sarah Prager is Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Washington and Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Services at the UW School of Public Health. She is also the Director of the Division of Family Planning and the UW Fellowship in Family Planning. Dr. Prager received her MD degree from the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School, completed a residency at Fletcher Allen Health Care at the University of Vermont, and received post-graduate fellowship training and a Master of Science degree at University of California San Francisco. Dr. Prager is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her research interests include post-abortion contraception, IUDs, Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC), miscarriage management and global reproductive health.
Denise Johnson May has over 25 years of experience in providing education, counseling and training in sexual and reproductive health care. In addition to her work on TEAMM, she currently works as a Training Manager at Cardea Services. Her expertise includes motivational interviewing, sexuality education, the development and improvement of elective and spontaneous abortion services, pregnancy options counseling, and self-care. She has a strong commitment to providing training and technical assistance to individuals and teams to insure they have the comfort, confidence and knowledge to provide patient-centered care. Denise has a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Washington.
Tara Cardinal is a certified nurse midwife in clinical practice providing sexual and reproductive healthcare. As a member of the TEAMM project, she supports efforts to outreach to advanced practice clinicians locally and nationally. She has been a board member of Nursing Students for Choice since the organization formed, advancing the capacity of the next generation of nurses' education and training in reproductive healthcare and justice issues. She is a former coordinator of the UWMC Doula Care program where she strengthened its structure and sustainability. Areas of research have included the impact of poverty and violence on childbearing, maternal health across cultures and scope of practice for advanced practice clinicians. She has worked internationally with midwives in the Netherlands and Mexico and taught English in Chile. She received her MN in Nurse Midwifery from the University of Washington in 2012.
Blair Darney completed her PhD in Health Services Research from the University of Washington in 2012. She is currently a postdoctoral trainee at Oregon Health & Science University in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She previously earned an MPH in Global Health from Yale University. Dr. Darney served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal and has also worked in Burkina Faso, Mexico, and Colombia on maternal health and family planning. Her interests include domestic and international reproductive health services and impact evaluation. She is skilled in a variety of statistical and econometric analytic approaches, with an emphasis on improving causal inference using observational data. Dr. Darney was the recipient of the Outstanding Researcher in Training Award from the Society of Family Planning in 2012. She has a keen interest in the intersection of clinical practice, policy, and research. Dr. Darney's research career objective is to improve the delivery of evidence-based reproductive health clinical and policy interventions to women in need.
Erin McCoy completed her MPH in Population and Family Health from Columbia University in 2012. She is currently a Research Coordinator at the University of Washington in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, where she supports several women's health projects. Ms. McCoy previously served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador where she helped build local capacity in an adolescent sexual and reproductive health program. While completing her MPH, she conducted a baseline study on family planning among the displaced Somali population in Nairobi, Kenya to inform program planning and service delivery as part of a large multi-country advocacy effort. Erin is committed to contributing to global and domestic reproductive health research and evaluation to improve the scope and quality of health services for women and men.
Amanda Weidner received her MPH in Maternal and Child Health from the University of Washington in 2011. Within maternal and child health, Ms. Weidner is particularly interested in sexual and reproductive health, notably among adolescents and the underserved. In her role as an analyst for the University of Washington Family Medicine Residency Network, Ms. Weidner helps TEAMM maintain a connection with the family medicine residency programs in the region, a position which also allows her to stay connected to her passion for women's health. In addition to her role at the UW, Ms. Weidner is the Data and Special Projects Manager for the Association of Departments of Family Medicine, which supplements her regional family medicine perspective with a national view of family medicine training and how it is impacting health care transformation in the U.S.
South Carolina Team:
Carolyn Nance began working as a Labor and Delivery nurse in 1982 and continues to work as a staff nurse in area hospitals. Her role as the South Carolina TEAMM project coordinator allows her to use her nursing skills to further her interest in advocating for women throughout their pregnancies. Certified in inpatient obstetrics, electronic fetal monitoring and childbirth education, she also has experience in obstetrical home health and high risk OB case management. In addition to her position with TEAMM, she works with the Medicare/Medicaid funded Strong Start Project within the Medical University of South Carolina. Here she navigates care and acts as a support system for all aspects of the high risk obstetrical patient, ultimately creating a best outcomes environment. She has extensive experience in OB sales and research projects, including the introduction and use of Alphahydroxyprogesterone- caproate (17-P), for the prevention of preterm birth. She is a member of the Association of Women's Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses, the International Childbirth Education Association and a board member and chair of public affairs for the South Carolina Perinatal Association. She is an active member of the South Carolina Birth Outcomes Initiative. Carolyn graduated with an Associate's degree in nursing and a Bachelor's degree in Secondary Health Education from the University of Arizona.
Melissa Moore, a native of Charleston, South Carolina, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from the College of Charleston. As a member of the TEAMM project, she supports sites as they integrate miscarriage management into their practices and communities. Melissa also serves as the Executive Director for We Are Family, where she advances leadership development projects and support services for youth who have been marginalized on the basis of their real or perceived sexual orientation and/or gender identity. She is the South Carolina State Coordinator with Provide, where she works to expand access to reproductive health services. Melissa was recently published in an anthology of essays called, "Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio," from South Carolina's first GLBT radio show. She is a founder of Charleston Gay Pride celebration and annual Reel Grits Pride Film Festival. She is a Grinnell College Young Innovators Social Justice Prize nominee and a Liberty Fellowship candidate. Over the past five years, she has worked toward building a more inclusive South Carolina through her work as Executive Assistant with Alliance for Full Acceptance and Field Director with South Carolina Equality.