Arlene Cullum, MPH is the Director of the Women's and Children's Services Regional Programs Department at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. Ms. Cullum received her MPH degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1981 and her BS in Human Development from the University of California, Davis in 1979. She administers fourteen maternal and child regional programs which are prevention and/or early intervention focused and is responsible for all maternal, neonatal and pediatric tertiary care contracting for our Regional Center and data management programs. Regional programs include regional lactation program and retail store, high risk infant follow-up, home visiting programs for women with HIV and pregnant and parenting teens, Regional Perinatal Programs for 25 counties, and Newborn Hearing Coordination Center. Ms. Cullum served on the CDC Select Panel for Preconception Care to help develop recommendations for the nation. She has 28 years of experience in administration, program planning, and health education development in community clinic, health department, and hospital settings. She has held leadership positions in public policy for Maternal and Child Health through work with the March of Dimes, the California Children's Lobby and Sutter Health.
With rising rates of maternal morbidity and mortality in California, it is crucial to engage the medical and public health community in quality initiatives across the continuum to improve maternal and child health outcomes.