Fielding alum Christy Gliniak, Ph.D. (IECD’22), provided opening remarks at the 2022 Infant Health Policy Summit which took place on August 31, 2022. The Summit is hosted by The National Coalition for Infant Health (NCfIH). NCfIH is a collaborative of professional, clinical, community health, and family support organizations that uses education and advocacy to promote patient-centered care for premature infants and their families. NCfIH envisions safe, healthy infants whose families can access the information, care and treatment their babies need.

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Christy Gliniak, Ph.D., OTR/L, CNT, CPXP

Christy Gliniak, Ph.D., OTR/L, CNT, CPXP

Dr. Christy Gliniak is a neonatal occupational therapist from the Pacific Northwest who is deeply committed to advancing trauma-informed, neuroprotective, developmental care practices in the neonatal intensive care unit. She currently serves as the communications manager for the National Association of Neonatal Therapists (NANT), co-chair of the annual NANT conference, and Board Member of the National Perinatal Association. Christy is a certified neonatal therapist (CNT) at MultiCare, a certified patient experience professional (CPXP) and transitioned recently to Assistant Professor in the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program at Whitworth University. Christy is passionate about domestic and global initiatives that advance infant mental health, parent empowerment and perinatal programs for underserved/high-risk infant-parent dyads. Dr. Gliniak strives to use innovation, advocacy, and research to elevate the NICU experience and long-term developmental outcomes for infants and families. Christy calls Spokane, WA her home where she resides as a military spouse and mother of two. Dr. Gliniak earned her PhD in Infant and Early Childhood Development from Fielding Graduate University.

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