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About Jennifer Canvasser, M.S.W.


NEC Society

Jennifer Canvasser founded the NEC Society after losing her son Micah to the disease in 2012. Jennifer’s expertise includes children’s environmental health, nonprofit leadership, advocacy, and community organizing. Jennifer has presented on diverse children’s health topics nationally and internationally. She completed her undergraduate studies at U.C.L.A. and earned her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Southern California with a concentration in community organizing.


Jennifer has spoken across the US and internationally at dozens of conferences, events, and meetings.


I am committed to empowering families and bringing together diverse stakeholders to drive patient-centered research in the NEC community.

Previous Speaking Engagements

December 2014

Hot Topics in Neonatology

2010 – 2015

Dozens of Environmental Health Conferences


Mott Children's Hospital, PICU Nurses


High-Risk Pregnancy

Multiple Gestation Pregnancy

Pregnancy after Perinatal, Neonatal, or Infant Loss

Pregnancy after Prematurity

Family-Centered Care: Aspects That Were Missing

Family-Centered Care:  How it Helped

How to Foster Positive Relationships with NICU Doctors and Nurses

Interaction with a Doctor That Could Have Been Better

Interaction with a Nurse That Could Have Been Better

Positive Interaction with a Doctor

Positive Interaction with a Nurse

Loss in the NICU

Loss of a child within the first year of discharge

Other Topics Surrounding Bereavement

Life After the NICU: Managing Durable

Medical Equipment and/or Home Nursing

Life After the NICU: Hospice Care

Life After the NICU: Pursuing Education after a NICU Experience

Healthcare Policy

Disease-Specific: Necrotizing Enterocolitis

Underserved Populations and Healthcare Disparity

Fathers in the NICU

Participating in Clinical Research

Improving Communication in the NICU

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