The Annual conference- "Florida's Perinatal Mental Health Conference" was created in 2016 by Lauren DePaola, LCSW within her role as Founder of the Alachua County Perinatal Mental Health Coalition (ACPMHC).  The first year's conference was held in Gainesville, FL; subsequent years have been held in various areas of Florida and 2020's conference was held virtually.

Each year, the goal is to address both timely topics as well as topics requested from members of our work groups and Clinicians and Providers around the state.

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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.