Maternal Mental Health Advocacy Day

January 29, 2018

Advocacy Day!

Join advocates and survivors from all over Florida on Monday, January 29, 2018 in Tallahassee to let our legislators know that perinatal mental health matters and deserves dedicated support and attention.

  • Meet your local representatives, share your story to educate legislators on perinatal mental health complications and ask legislators to ensure perinatal mental health initiatives receive the attention they so desperately need.

  • Advocacy Day 2018 on 1/29/18 will include a light breakfast,  networking, legislative briefing and meetings scheduled with legislators.

Jan. 29 brief agenda-

9:30am:  Check-in and light breakfast at 22nd Floor at Capitol Complex

10:00am: Welcome & Issue Overview

10:30am: Legislative remarks and panel presentations

11:30am: Closing and Group Photo

11:30am-3pm: Legislative visits (scheduled by FL MMH Collaborative)

(Lunch- on your own; this Cafe has two locations in the Capitol Complex building: Sharkey's Capitol Cafe)

Local accommodations:

Courtyard by Marriott, Tallahassee Capitol

Residence Inn, Tallahassee Universities at the Capitol

Aloft Tallahassee Downtown

Four Points by Sheraton, Tallahassee Downtown


There is metered street parking all around the Capitol complex. There are also several parking garages, including Kleman Plaza parking garage, a block from the Capitol. 

Click here for more information about parking.


Business appropriate attire should be worn while in the Capitol. This includes suits, slacks, button up shirts, knee length skirts, dresses and close-toed shoes. No jeans. Please wear comfortable (but business appropriate) shoes as there is a lot of walking involved in Advocacy Day. 

RSVP IS REQUIRED and due by TUESDAY, 1/16/18.  Please click on "RSVP" button below to let us know you'll join us.

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Amandla Shabaka-Haynes

Dr. Amandla Shabaka-Haynes, M.D. is a native of Tallahassee, Florida. She received her B.S. in Biology/Pre-medicine at Xavier University of Louisiana and completed her medical training at the Latin American School of Medicine. She currently serves as Program Manager for pediatric and perinatal behavioral health programs at the Florida State University College of Medicine Center for Behavioral Health Integration. Dr. Haynes has previously served as board member for Capital Area Healthy Start Coalition; Women's Health Liaison and Outreach Specialist at a local Federally Qualified Health Center. She is also a certified Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist.

Dr. Haynes is an advocate for the BIPOC birth community, supporting efforts to improve birth outcomes and reduce health inequities. In her volunteer roles, she serves as chair of the Awareness Workgroup of the Florida Maternal Mental Health Collaborative, Advisor for the Sister Friends Tallahassee Birthing Project, and Women’s Health Educator for the Melanin Mothers Meet Postpartum Support Program. At her core, Dr. Haynes is a mother, mentor, an active local and international community member, a bilingual health educator, and a lover of food and culture.