Birth Outcomes Team
Birth Outcomes Initiative Director
Rebekah E. Gee, MD MPH FACOG
Dr. Rebekah Gee is an Assistant Professor of Public Health and Obstetrics and Gynecology at Louisiana State University (LSU). She completed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars program at the University of Pennsylvania and there received a Master of Science in Health Policy Research. She studied history and obtained a M.P.H. at Columbia University in Health Policy and Management, obtained her medical degree at Cornell, and trained in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harvard at the Brigham and Women's and Massachusetts General Hospitals.
Since moving to Louisiana in October 2009, Dr. Gee served as the medical director for the maternity program of Title V, the state's maternal health federal block grant program. In 2010, Dr. Gee was named Director of the Birth Outcomes Initiative, an Assistant Secretary level position in Louisiana's Department of Health and Hospitals aimed at improving the health of Louisiana's women and children.
Dr. Gee has held many leadership roles in organized medicine and reproductive health including local and national leadership roles in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She served for six years on the Clinical Practice Guidelines for Gynecology Committee at ACOG which leads in setting standards for gynecology nationwide and has also served in state and district leadership roles for ACOG. She was recently chosen to be ACOG's representative to the CDC's select panel on preconception care. Dr. Gee is on the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) Board of Health Care Services and is the inaugural recipient of a two year Gant fellowship at the IOM. . Dr. Gee is clinically active and is caring for patients at LSU. Dr. Gee is grateful to be working on this important initiative, she is married to David Patron and has three energetic kids; Ben, Elly and Nathan.
Birth Outcomes Initiative Deputy Director
Michelle M. Alletto, MPA
Michelle Alletto is the Deputy Director for the Louisiana Birth Outcomes Initiative. Ms. Alletto came most recently from Washington, D.C. where she was Assistant Director for Public Policy at the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP). At AMCHP, she provided policy analysis and technical assistance to state public health leaders and federal agencies working on women's and infant health issues. Prior to AMCHP, Ms. Alletto worked as a Health Care Analyst for the United States Government Accountability Office. She earned a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and is a native of Rochester, NY. Ms. Alletto has a decade of experience working on women's health issues and is pleased to be working towards Secretary Greenstein's goal of improving birth outcomes in the great state of Louisiana.
Birth Outcomes Initiative Program Coordinator
Caroline Brazeel has worked with the Louisiana Birth Outcomes Initiative team since September 2010. As an intern for the project she worked with the health disparities task force and based the capstone project for her MPH on issues discussed during those initial stakeholder meetings. After working on Governor Bobby Jindal's transition team in 2007, she began pursuing a career in health care policy. During the summer of 2010, she worked with a team of Chinese epidemiologists from Xi'an Jiaotong University to conduct an evaluation of a maternal and child health intervention in Sichuan province. She graduated from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Public Health in May of 2011, earning a Master's in Public Health with a concentration in epidemiology. She also has a bachelor's degree in Mandarin Chinese from the University of Mississippi. Ms. Brazeel is a native of Monroe, Louisiana and is committed to helping Louisiana become the healthiest state in the country. She is excited about the opportunity to pursue that goal by working for the Department of Health and Hospitals on the Louisiana Birth Outcomes Initiative.