The Helping Babies Survive Team

​The Helping Babies Survive Team

​Eileen Hopkins Schoen
Helping Babies Survive​

Eileen is the Manager of the Helping Babies Survive Initiative.  She has worked for the American Academy of Pediatrics since 1995.  During that time, she has served as managing editor for various Life Support Programs in the Department of Education for the AAP.  She has represented the AAP on the China NRP Task Force, the NICHD Neonatal Resuscitation Common Protocol Advisory Team, The NRP Global Implementation Task Force, and most recently, on the Survive and Thrive Global Development Alliance.

Eileen has collaborated with organizations such as USAID, World Health Organization, The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the Pan American Health Organization, Save the Children, and the International Pediatric Association to establish global partnerships that save newborn lives. 

Erick Amick, MPH, MA
Program Manager
Helping Babies Survive

Erick is Program Manager of Helping Babies Survive, the AAP's newborn health curricula for resource-limited environments: Helping Babies Breathe, Essential Care for Every Baby, and Essential Care for Small Babies.  

Erick comes from an interdisciplinary academic background, combining the fields of public health practice and African studies research. Prior to joining the AAP his work at Indiana University focused on health and education initiatives in low-resource environments, particularly in Africa. His work focused on maternal-child health programs in Kenya, and education initiatives in Tanzania. Since coming to the AAP in 2013 Erick has contributed greatly to the further development and expansion of the Helping Babies Survive modules. In his role as Program Manager, Erick utilizes his interdisciplinary background and international health experience to manage HBS projects around the globe. 

Casey Lowman, MPH
Program Manager
Helping Babies Survive

As program manager of Helping Babies Survive, Casey is responsible for managing the planning and implementation of global HBS projects, as well as leading strategic communication activities. 

Casey's professional and academic background is in public health and communications. Prior to joining the AAP in 2015, Casey served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco where she designed and implemented projects to build youth and community capacity, with a focus on education, health promotion and gender equality. Beforehand, she worked at the Peace Corps Midwest Regional Office, where she managed all aspects of the agency's communication strategy for an 11-state region. Casey also has extensive domestic and international experience in program planning and evaluation, research, grant writing, and community engagement.  As program manager of HBS, Casey enjoys leveraging her skills to help ensure newborns worldwide have access the quality care they need to survive and thrive.

Nancy Kostka
Life Support Programs Assistant
Nancy began with the Academy in 2014 and holds an administrative role within the HBS framework.  Born in Chicago, her love of music, languages, and travel helped her embrace cultural diversity at a young age.  She feels honored to have the opportunity to work with such dedicated volunteers who devote their time and talent on improving the quality of life of newborns.  Partnering with so many incredible individuals and organizations from so many continents is truly rewarding work for her.  Nancy also assists with AAP's Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP), another evidence-based approach to care of the newborn at birth. ​


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