Amy D. Gagliardi has extensive experience in maternal and child health, non-profit services and health policy. She has worked as a clinician, researcher and manager at CHC, Inc. for the past 20 years and manages CHCI’s prenatal and maternal health projects. Her research interests include the development of services and strategies which improve birth and feeding outcomes for underserved populations. Amy received the AMCHP award for best emerging practice in 2014 for her work on the screening and referrals for maternal depression in the obstetric and pediatric setting. Her current research includes an examination of the effects of an enhanced education and support model on birth outcomes, a study on the effects of care coordination and trauma informed care practices on oral health uptake during pregnancy and the effect of weight gain during pregnancy on birth and feeding outcomes.
Amy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Boston College, a Master of Arts degree in Psychology with a concentration in Community Psychology from Central Connecticut State University and is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and registered lactation consultant. She is a former fellow at the Edward Zigler Center for Child Development and Social Policy, Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine and was a fellow with the inaugural class of the National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health. Amy is a published writer and has lectured across the country on various Maternal and Child Health topics. She is a member of the executive board of the Connecticut Council on Medical Assistance Program Oversight and co-chairs the Council’s Women's Health Committee. Amy serves on multiple national and state boards and has been appointed to Quality Council for the Connecticut State Innovation Model Initiative (SIM).