Avril S Albaugh MSSA, LISW is the Project Director for the Cleveland Regional Perinatal Network and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She is responsible for administration and program development for following projects under the CRPN: Perinatal Depression, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Teen Tobacco Cessation, UMWH/Centering Pregnancy/Mental Health and Toxic Stress Project.
Avril graduated with a Masters Degree in Social Science Administration from Case Western Reserve University (1987) and an Honors Degree in Social Science from University of Cape Town, South Africa (1984).
She has spent 27 years working in the field of Maternal-Child Health with an expertise in Maternal Mental Health. Over the past 12 years Avril has been developing the CPRN Perinatal Depression Project which has been duplicated in other counties and been instrumental in creating a system-wide approach in NorthEast Ohio to identify and refer women at risk for perinatal mood disorders. Avril had given numerous presentations on the topic, collected outcome data and been involved with several research studies in this area.
She was the Principal Investigator for a recent IRB approved study What predicts who will attend perinatal depression mental health appointments in Cleveland which was accepted for poster sessions in 2014 at the North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynecologists National Meeting, Columbus, Ohio and the American Psychiatric Association National Meeting, NYC.
Nationally, Avril served as an expert for the Federal Health Resources Services Administration/Maternal Child Health Bureau workgroup on Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and Perinatal Depression (PD) in Washington DC (2011). Her perinatal depression tools and other resources were included in HRSA’s 2013 national toolkit A Comprehensive Approach for Community Based Programs to Address Intimate Partner Violence and Perinatal Depression.
Avril has been a Consultant/Trainer for Ohio Department of Mental Health and Ohio Department of Health on Maternal Mental Health Issues. She is a member of the Ohio Equity Institute to Improve Birth Outcomes for Cuyahoga County and serves on Ohio’s Pregnancy Associated Mortality Review Board.
MacKenzie A. Phillips, MPH is the Project Coordinator for the Cleveland Regional Perinatal Network. She is responsible for the coordination and implementation for following programs under the CRPN: Perinatal Depression, Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Teen Tobacco Cessation.
MacKenzie graduated with her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Arkansas for the Medical Sciences (2013) and an Honors Degree in Kinesiology from University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (2010).
Before her work with the CRPN, MacKenzie was serving as the Director of Community Programs for the YMCA of Metropolitan Little Rock and completing her Master’s degree. While working for the YMCA, she developed a passion for collaboration and community outreach. The majority of her programs focused on the health of adolescents, a focus that has continued with her work at the CRPN.
MacKenzie has led multiple research projects focusing on childhood health including Evaluation of Reducing the Risk program at KIPP-Delta schools, Sexuality education for cognitively impaired youth, and Voices of the uninsured- behind and beyond the numbers.
MacKenzie brings a strong commitment to creating healthy lifestyle for mothers and their children, which results in a positive contribution to CRPN’s projects on Perinatal Depression, Teen Tobacco Cessation, and Child and Adolescent Mental Health.