Diversity Equity Inclusion

Zhang, Sobecki talk about barriers to equitable cancer care with OncLive

Catherine Zhang, MD, MPH, assistant professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, and Janelle Sobecki, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, joined OncLive to discuss the barriers and limitations within oncologic care and equitable treatment.In “Action is Key to Continue to Break Down Barriers for Equitable Cancer Care,” Zhang and Sobecki note... more

Grand Rounds: Denson presents “​​Collaborating for Equity in Maternal and Child Health in Wisconsin”

On April 25, 2024, Jill Denson, PhD, MSW, APSW, director of the UW-Madison Prevention Research Center, presented the Grand Rounds lecture “Collaboration for Equity in Maternal and Child Health in Wisconsin.”In the lecture, Denson discussed her research while working for the Prevention Research Center. Much of her work stresses the importance of representation of Wisconsin’s ... more

Green publishes article on implicit bias training in The Conversation

​Tiffany Green, PhD, associate professor in the Departments of Population Health Sciences and Ob-Gyn, co-authored a new article in The Conversation. Co-authors include Nao Hagiwara.In “Do implicit bias trainings on race improve health care? Not Yet — but incorporating the latest science can help hospitals treat all patients equitably,” co-authors examined the increase in pre... more

Bajpai and Owusu represent residency at SNMA Conference

UW Ob-Gyn residents Rusha Bajpai, MD, PGY-2 and Raiven Owusu, MD, PGY-1, attended the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) Annual Medical Education Conference in New Orleans March 27-31, 2024, to represent the UW Department of Ob-Gyn residency. SNMA is an organization that supports current and future underrepresented minority medical students. The Annual Medical Educa... more

Green publishes Clinical Perspective in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Tiffany Green, PhD, associate professor in the Division of Reproductive and Population Health, co-authored a Clinical Perspective article in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Green wrote “Equitable Artificial Intelligence in Obstetrics, Maternal–Fetal Medicine, and Neonatology” with Ryan McAdams, MD, professor in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health Department of Pediatrics.... more

Casey’Grant selected to join Black Maternal and Child Health Alliance of Dane County

UW Department of Ob-Gyn Outreach Specialist Cheryl Casey’Grant, BSW, MSW, was recently selected to join the Black Maternal and Child Health Alliance (BMCHA) of Dane County! BMCHA works to transform birth outcomes in Dane County by identifying, informing and advancing strategies that improve the reproductive, maternal and newborn health of Dane County’s Black population. Cas... more

Welcome India Anderson-Carter to Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn

India Anderson-Carter, MD, has accepted an offer to join the ASOG Division as an assistant professor (CHS), effective August 1, 2024. Anderson-Carter will be a Centennial Clinician faculty, with a role focusing on clinical care, research, and diversity, equity, and inclusion leadership. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Anderson-Carter to our faculty!Anderson-Carter earned her... more

Grand Rounds: Villavicencio presents “Challenging Racism and Questioning Power in Leadership”

On December 7, 2023, Jenni Villavicencio, MD, MPP, director of Public Affairs and Advocacy af the Society of Family Planning, presented the Grand Rounds lecture “Challenging Racism and Questioning Power in Leadership.”In the lecture, Villavicencio discussed the historical and current conditions in regards to anti-racist and reproductive frameworks, the role power and power d... more

Department engages UW students during AHANA-MAPS outreach event

On November 16, 2023, several members of the Department of Ob-Gyn participated in an outreach event with the University of Wisconsin–Madison AHANA-MAPS Pre-Health Society. The event focused on showcasing obstetrics and gynecology careers and career pathways with students interested in medical and health science careers. During the event, department members led hands-on birt... more

Grand Rounds: Sampene, Adams present “Optimizing Contraceptive Counseling”

On August 10, 2023, UW Ob-Gyn Associate Professor and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Chair Katherine Sampene, MD, presented the Grand Rounds lecture “Optimizing Contraceptive Counseling”. Jackie Adams, MD, MS, assistant professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and Laura Berghahn, MD, private practice ob-gyn at Associated Physicians of Madison, co-pre... more

Green publishes op-ed in The Hill

Tiffany Green, PhD, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, published an opinion piece in The Hill during Black Maternal Health Week, April 11-17.In “Ending the COVID emergency will further harm Black maternal mortality”, Green shares recent maternal mortality statistics that show an uptick in maternal mortality that aligns with t... more

Hutcherson receives Student National Medical Association Excellence in Pre-Medical Education Award

Beverly Hutcherson, graduate student in the Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology program, received the Student National Medical Association Excellence in Pre-Medical Education Award at the 2023 Annual Medical Education Conference in Hartford, CT! Hutcherson is an MS student in the Abbott Lab, as well as Diversity and Inclusion Manager in the UW SMPH Dean's Office.Hutche... more

In the News: Green discusses new infant, maternal mortality statistics with Channel 3000, WPR

Tiffany Green, PhD, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, joined local and statewide news outlets to talk about the latest U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics about infant and maternal mortality in the U.S.Uncovering the causes of infant and maternal mortality – Wisconsin Public RadioIn this intervie... more

UWPRC invites you to two Birthing Justice screenings and launch of Hoppe’s research project in April

The UW-Madison Prevention Research Center invites community members, faculty, students, and staff to two screenings of the film Birthing Justice, “a documentary that flips the victim-blaming narrative by centering the lived experiences of Black women and their advocates as they fix a broken system one birth at a time.” The film screening will be followed by a panel discussio... more

Green discusses hope for infant mortality disparities in On Wisconsin

The Spring 2023 issue of the UW–Madison alumni magazine On Wisconsin set its sights on the future of UW. In the article “Fixing the Future”, UW–Madison researchers shared breakthroughs in their fields that make them optimistic about tomorrow.In the article, Tiffany Green, PhD, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, described a pr... more

Casey’Grant and Sorensen to join Aftershock film discussion panel on April 13

The UW Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education (UW CIPE) and the Master Public Health Program in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health present a Knowledge Exchange Series (KES) which includes a film screening of the film AFTERSHOCK and a panel discussion to follow.Following the preventable deaths of their loved ones due to childbirth complications, two fami... more

Beninati discusses maternal mortality statistics with CBS 58

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated maternal mortality statistics showing an increase in maternal mortality from 2018 to 2021, with significant racial disparities in the rates of increase.Michael Beninati, MD, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, discussed these statistics with CBS-58: “"I think that w... more

Green quoted in New York Times article about infant mortality disparities

The New York Times shared a study out of California that found huge racial disparities in infant mortality, regardless of family income. “Childbirth Is Deadlier for Black Families Even When They’re Rich, Expansive Study Finds” summarizes a study of infant mortality published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.In the article, Tiffany Green, PhD, assistant professor i... more

Grand Rounds: Jones and Robbins present “Improving Birth Outcomes for Black Families by Connecting Care and Community to Advance Health Equity”

​On January 5, 2023, Adrian Jones, MPH and Ariel Robbins, MPH, both of UW Health, presented the Grand Rounds lecture “Improving Birth Outcomes for Black Families by Connecting Care and Community to Advance Health Equity”.In the presentation, Jones and Robbins outlined Community Health Improvement and its role in health program development; explained gaps in resources for pat... more

Green weighs in on Wisconsin’s C grade from March of Dimes

This year’s March of Dimes report card on maternal and infant health assigned Wisconsin a C for the state’s preterm birth rate of 10 percent. Tiffany Green, PhD, assistant professor in the Division of Reproductive and Population Health, spoke with CBS 58 in Milwaukee about what that grade means for our state.“Green said decades of research don't point to one specific reason ... more

Brown receives GWIMS Advancing Women in Medicine & Science Award

​Please help us congratulate Heidi Brown, MD, MAS, associate professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery! Brown received the 2022 UW School of Medicine and Public Health Group on Women in Medicine and Science Advancing Women in Medicine & Science Award, which was presented during the Women in Medicine & Science Symposium on Novemb... more

Barroilhet earns GWIMS Impact Award

Congratulations to Lisa Barroilhet, MD, MS, associate professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Gynecologic Oncology! Barroilhet earned the 2022 UW School of Medicine and Public Health Group on Women in Medicine and Science Impact Award! The award was presented at a ceremony on November 29, 2022.The Impact Award recognizes significant contributions with ongoing, substantive imp... more

Green authors editorial on masking protocols in New England Journal of Medicine

In a new editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine, Tiffany Green, PhD, assistant professor in the Division of Reproductive and Population Health, responds to a study examining the effects of universal masking policies on rates of COVID-19 infection in schools.The study “Lifting Universal Masking in Schools — Covid-19 Incidence among Students and Staff” compares COVID... more

Green published in Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine

A new article in the journal Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine examines racial/ethnic differences in post-operative pain experience and opioid medication use in the first day after C-section delivery! Tiffany Green, PhD, assistant professor in the Division of Reproductive and Population Health, is senior author on the article. UW Ob-Gyn residency graduate John Poehlmann, ... more

Diaper Drive delivery to Reach Dane

Though the UW Ob-Gyn Diaper Drive takes place in August, we have the pleasure of distributing diapers to community partners throughout the year! On Thursday, November 10, UW Ob-Gyn Outreach Program Manager Melody Bockenfeld, MPH, BSN, brought a delivery of diapers to Reach Dane!Reach Dane provides high-quality early childhood services to over 1,000 underserved children ages ... more

Betancourt Ponce presents poster at SACNAS Conference

Congratulations to Mayra Betancourt Ponce, UW School of Medicine and Public Health MD/PhD student, who recently presented a poster at the SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico!Betancourt Ponce presented the poster “Characterizing T cell exhaustion in ovarian cancer ascites” during the three-day conference in late October. In addition to being ... more

Congratulations 2022 Women’s Health and Health Equity Research Lecture & Symposium award winners!

The 2022 UW Women’s Health and Health Equity Research Lecture and Symposium took place on October 20. This annual event brought together healthcare professionals, population health experts and community advocates dedicated to advancing health equity for a busy morning of presentations and poster sessions highlighting research that addresses persistent gender, racial, and oth... more

Green discusses flu vaccination disparities with WKOW

As influenza season picks up, Tiffany Green, PhD, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, discussed disparities in flu vaccine rates with WKOW News.Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services show racial disparities in flu vaccination. In “Data: Wisconsin, country s... more

Green discusses disparities to come from abortion restriction on Here and Now

On June 10, 2022, UW Ob-Gyn assistant professor Tiffany Green, PhD, of the Division of Reproductive and Population Health, spoke with Here and Now on Wisconsin Public Television about economic and racial disparities likely to increase after Roe v. Wade is overturned:“…the effects of abortion or limiting access have been very well established and as we said, they can lead to ... more

Grand Rounds: Bidar-Sielaff presents “Integrating Language Access into Daily Practice”

On June 2, 2022, UW School of Medicine and Public Health Associate Dean for Diversity and Equity Transformation Shiva Bidar-Sieleff presented the lecture “Integrating Language Access into Daily Practice” at UW Ob-Gyn Grand Rounds.In the lecture, Bidar-Sielaff explained key definitions and regulatory requirements for translation and language services at UW Health, highlighted... more

Green discusses COVID disparities with Wisconsin Examiner

Tiffany Green, PhD, assistant professor in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, spoke with the Wisconsin Examiner in an article about inequities in COVID-19 safety precautions.In “COVID surges as masks decline, hurting the most vulnerable”, Green talked about areas of employment, including service, industrial, and childcare, where workers are more vu... more

DEI Update: UW Ob-Gyn Celebrates Pride Month

Happy Pride Month, a time for celebration, education, visibility, and liberation for the spectrum of people who make up the LGBTQ+ community: Throughout June, the campus and the Madison community have a series of events to celebrate the self-affirmation, dignity, equality, and visibility of the diverse group of people who make up the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gend... more

Diaper Drive delivery to River Food Pantry

On Wednesday, May 4, members of the UW Ob-Gyn outreach team delivered a load of diapers purchased through our annual diaper drive to community partners at the River Food Pantry!Our annual Diaper Drive supports families in the Madison area by collecting monetary donations to the department's Healthy Women Healthy Babies Fund. Using this fund enables the department to leverage... more

UW Ob-Gyn research and presentations at 2022 ACOG Annual Meeting

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists held the Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting in San Diego May 6-8, 2022. Faculty, fellows and residents in the UW Department of Ob-Gyn brought many exciting presentations and projects to the conference. Read more about some of their awesome accomplishments:Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn Director Makeba Wi... more

Community Connections: What are Health Disparities, and Wisconsin PRAMS data

In Community Connections, UW Ob-Gyn Outreach Specialist Cheryl Casey'Grant shares information about important community issues, events, and forums to bring better awareness and help our department connect to community concerns.***​Community Connections: What are Health Disparities? A “health disparity” refers to a higher burden of illness, injury, disability, or mortality e... more

Grand Rounds: Stephenson presents “Equity Objectives for Health Professions Learners and Institutions”

Jason Stephenson, MD, UW SMPH associate dean for multicultural affairs for health professions learners, presented the lecture “Equity Objectives for Health Professions Learners and Institutions” at UW Ob-Gyn Grand Rounds on May 5, 2022.In the lecture, Stephenson defined equity and inclusion developmental stages for large institutions, guided participants through a process to... more

Hutcherson invited to Wisconsin Maternal Mortality Review Impact Team

Beverly Hutcherson, graduate student in the Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology program, was invited to join the Wisconsin Department of Health Maternal Mortality Review Impact Team!The Wisconsin Maternal Mortality Review Team (MMRT) identifies and reviews pregnancy-associated deaths, identifies factors that contribute to these deaths, and proposes recommendations that... more

Hutcherson wins presentation award at Wilbert C. Jordan Research Forum

Beverly Hutcherson, graduate student in the Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology program, won Best Poster Presentation at the Wilbert C. Jordan Research Forum during the Student National Medical Association Annual Medical Education Conference in April!Hutcherson’s translational science poster “PCOS research informs biological understanding of developmental origins contr... more

Casey’Grant invited to statewide Maternal Mortality Review Impact Team

We are thrilled to share that UW Ob-Gyn Outreach Specialist Cheryl Casey’Grant, who was invited to join the Wisconsin Department of Health Maternal Mortality Review Impact Team!The Wisconsin Maternal Mortality Review Team (MMRT) identifies and reviews pregnancy-associated deaths, identifies factors that contribute to these deaths, and proposes recommendations that aim to pre... more

Women’s Healthcast: Effective Advocacy in Healthcare Settings, with Cheryl Casey’Grant

Preparing for a doctor’s visit can feel intimidating. How do we make sure all our questions are answered and our concerns are taken seriously? How many of us know how to be effective self-advocates in medical settings?On this episode of the Women’s Healthcast, Cheryl Casey’Grant shares tips and resources to make sure we’re getting the best care. Cheryl is an outreach special... more

UW Ob-Gyn residents represent department at Student National Medical Association conference

UW Ob-Gyn residents India Anderson-Carter, MD, PGY-2, Ushma Patel, MD, PGY-4, and Awa Sanneh, MD, PGY-2 attended the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) Annual Medical Education Conference in Orlando to represent the UW Ob-Gyn residency in April!The SNMA is an organization that supports current and future underrepresented minority medical students. The Annual Medical... more

ConnectRx launches in Madison clinics

At a press conference on April 14, the Dane County Health Council and the Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness announced the launch of ConnectRx in Madison clinics using Epic. ConnectRx is a care coordination tool within the electronic health record that will help providers working with Black pregnant patients navigate supportive resources for patients that are available in... more

Black Maternal Health Week, April 11-17, 2022

This year marks the fifth-year anniversary of the Black Maternal Health Week (BMHW) campaign. Learn more about opportunities to connect with and promote Black Maternal Health Week!Founded and led by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, BMHW is a week of awareness, activism, and community building intended to:Deepen the national conversation about Black maternal health in the US;... more

Green discusses policy failures around COVID-19 with Wisconsin Examiner

A recent article from Wisconsin Examiner recapped a report that found the United States’ poorest counties experienced mortality from COVID-19 at nearly twice the rate of the nation’s wealthiest counties. Tiffany Green, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, was interviewed for the article.In “Report ties COVID-19 deaths to poverty, systemic pol... more

Green shares insight on postpartum depression disparities in Essence

A recent article in Essence profiled the founders of an app to support Black mothers with postpartum depression and anxiety. In the article, Tiffany Green, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, discussed how provider bias and communication issues may lead to underdiagnosis of postpartum depression for Black women:““…the evidence strongly sugge... more

Spencer and Zorbas talk women’s health research funding with Congress

On March 9, 2022, members of the UW Department of Ob-Gyn discussed funding for women’s health research with members of the Wisconsin congressional delegation during a virtual advocacy day organized by the Women First Research Coalition.In conversations with Senator Tammy Baldwin and Representative Mark Pocan, department Research Manager Andrea Zorbas, MBA, MS, Residency Prog... more

Green published in Journal of Women’s Health

A new publication co-authored by Tiffany Green, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, examines connections between experiences of racial discrimination and postpartum depression.“Are Experiences of Racial Discrimination Associated with Postpartum Depressive Symptoms? A Multistate Analysis of Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System Data”, p... more

Green receives Wisconsin Partnership Program New Investigator grant

Huge congratulations to Tiffany Green, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health! Green recently earned a Wisconsin Partnership Program New Investigator grant for the project “Evaluating the Impacts of Wisconsin’s Birth Cost Recovery Policy on the Health and Wellbeing of Low-Income Black Birthing Parents: A Community-Centered Approach”.In Wisconsin... more

Grand Rounds: Tran presents “From Correctional Care to Correct Care: Reproductive Health in Incarcerated Patients”

On February 10, 2022, UW Ob-Gyn resident Vienna Tran, MD, PGY-4 presented the Grand Rounds lecture “From Correctional Care to Correct Care: Reproductive Health in Incarcerated Patients.”In the lecture, Tran examined the history and legal status of health access for person experiencing incarceration; described the barriers to access for patients seeking reproductive healthcar... more

UW Ob-Gyn brings posters, presentations to 2022 SMFM Annual Pregnancy Meeting

Though the meeting was virtual this year, the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine brought an impressive raft of research to the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s 42nd Annual Pregnancy Meeting! Read about some of the incredible posters and presentations they shared at the conference:Risk calculator for hypertension related postpartum readmission - Jinxin Tao, Yo... more

Diaper Drive deliveries to Salvation Army, The Road Home, and more

Donations to community organizations from the 2021 Diaper Drive continue to go out! Before the new year, UW Ob-Gyn Outreach Specialist Cheryl Casey’Grant brought deliveries to the Salvation Army on Milwaukee Street in Madison, and The Road Home Dane.In early January, Cheryl brought a delivery to longtime UW Ob-Gyn Community Advisory Council member Carola Gaines, who is distr... more

Congratulations to Women’s Health Symposium poster award winners Mojdehbakhsh and Bailey!

On October 14, 2021, the UW Department of Ob-Gyn hosted the annual Women’s Health and Health Equity Research Lecture and Symposium​. This year’s virtual event included the keynote presentation “Health Equity and Quality of Care: The Case of Maternal Mortality and Morbidity” by Elizabeth Howell, MD, Chair of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the Perelman School of ... more

Green discusses Momnibus Act and wealth inequality with In These Times

A new article published by In These Times examines how the federal Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act, a package of legislation aimed at closing Black maternal health disparities, could improve lives in Wisconsin.In “The Momnibus Act Protects Wisconsin’s Black Babies from a Premature Death”, UW Ob-Gyn Assistant Professor Tiffany Green, PhD, of the Division of Reproductive an... more

Green’s course “Race in American Obstetrics and Gynecology” approved for medical school curriculum

Tiffany Green, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, will teach a new course to students in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. “Race in American Obstetrics and Gynecology” will mainly be offered to M3s.Green’s innovative course sounds incredible:“Opportunity for medical students to survey the history of race in American obstetrics an... more

Grand Rounds: Lowry presents “The History of Paid Family Leave”

On December 9, 2021, UW Ob-Gyn resident Alexa Lowry, MD, PGY-4 presented the Grand Rounds lecture “The History of Paid Family Leave.”In the lecture, Lowry defined maternity, paternity, and parental leave; compared parental leave policies in the United States to countries around the world; evaluated the benefits of parental leave; and explained the current state of paid paren... more

Green discusses health care disparities with Brava Magazine

Wisconsin has some of the starkest disparities in health outcomes between Black and white moms and babies. In an article in Brava Magazine, Tiffany Green, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, joined other community leaders who are working to understand and address health disparities in Madison and Dane County. In “Tackling Health Care Dispar... more

Rural ob-gyn disparities and UW Ob-Gyn Rural Residency featured in Appleton Post Crescent

An in-depth article in the Appleton Post Crescent examines the gaps in rural ob-gyn care in Wisconsin, outlines why the UW Department of Ob-Gyn created the first rural residency training track in the country, and demonstrates how innovations in Wisconsin are rippling out throughout the Midwest - in the form of a rural ob-gyn residency at the University of Iowa. The article ... more

Women’s Healthcast: Senderowicz discusses global reproductive health

Reproductive health care trends, norms and policies in the United States shape global reproductive health in a big way. UW Ob-Gyn Health Disparities Research Scholar Leigh Senderowicz, ScD, MPH joined the Women’s Healthcast to talk about the roots of international family planning programs, how to recognize reproductive coercion, and why we should pay attention to the way U.S... more

Heisler presents at Society of Gynecologic Surgeons conference

Christine Heisler, MD, MS, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery presented her research about gender disparities in the field of obstetrics and gynecology at the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons conference in June. Heisler was invited by the meeting’s scientific program chair to present the special guest lecture “Ready, Set, ACTION! D... more

Grand Rounds: Sampene presents “Leveraging Quality Improvement to Promote Health Equity”

Katie Sampene, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, presented the Grand Rounds lecture “Leveraging Quality Improvement to Promote Health Equity” to the department on May 27, 2021. In the lecture, Sampene described the principles of health equity and how they relate to medical practice, walked through the basic process of quality improvement, and ... more

Women’s Healthcast: Yemane discusses transgender health care in ob-gyn settings

Ruth Yemane, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn, is one of our department’s leading experts in gender affirming surgery and gynecologic care for transgender people. On this episode, Yemane shares recommendations for safe, trust-filled patient-provider relationships, and what surgical, clinical and preventive health care can look like for trans a... more

Green discusses reimagining health care with PBS Wisconsin

During Black Maternal Health Week in April, UW Ob-Gyn Assistant Professor Tiffany Green, PhD discussed maternal health disparities in Wisconsin, and how to change them, with PBS Wisconsin. In addition to her appointment in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, Green is part of the UW-Madison Department of Population Health Sciences faculty. In the ar... more

Grand Rounds: Huang presents “Caring for our Hmong Patients: Intersection of Culture and Western Medicine”

Wisconsin has the third-largest Hmong population in the United States. For her Grand Rounds lecture, UW Ob-Gyn resident Dandi Huang, MD, PGY-4 presented “Caring for our Hmong Patients: Intersection of Culture and Western Medicine”. In her presentation, Huang shared some history of Hmong migration to the U.S., discussed unique aspects of Hmong culture in relation to health, ... more

Green, Brown offer commentary on maternal health equity in Obstetrics and Gynecology

In this must-read commentary in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tiffany Green, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health and Heidi Brown, MD, of the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery suggest new approaches to eliminating Black maternal health disparities in the U.S. “Rethinking Bias to Achieve Maternal Health Equity: Changin... more

Green discusses Black maternal health outcomes on WPR

On April 14, 2021, during Black Maternal Health Week, Tiffany Green, PhD joined The Morning Show on Wisconsin Public Radio to discuss Black maternal health outcomes. Green is an assistant professor in the UW Departments of Ob-Gyn and Population Health Sciences. During the interview, Green discussed the broader, systemic inequalities that drive disparities in Black maternal ... more

Green reframes vaccine disparities with WKOW

Tiffany Green, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, continues to add important context to conversations around inequities exposed by COVID-19. According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, just over 28% of white Wisconsinites have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, but that’s only true for 11.5% of Black Wisconsini... more

Hutcherson published in Wisconsin Medical Journal

In the Wisconsin Medical Journal special issue on the impact of race and racism on health, Beverly Hutcherson published an article on her experience as part of the UW SMPH Diversity and Inclusion Advocates (DIA) Program. In addition to her full-time role in the SMPH Dean’s Office in diversity and inclusion, Hutcherson is a graduate student in the lab of David Abbott, PhD (UW... more

Grand Rounds: Dehlendorf presents “Person-Centered Contraceptive Care: Advancing Reproductive Autonomy and Equity”

Christine Dehledorf, MD, MAS, of the University of California, San Francisco Person-Centered Reproductive Health Program, presented the UW Ob-Gyn Grand Rounds lecture “Person-Centered Contraceptive Care: Advancing Reproductive Autonomy and Equity” on Thursday, March 4. In her lecture, Dehlendorf discussed different models of counseling commonly used in family planning care,... more

Green joins Badger Talks to discuss vaccine equity

Tiffany Green, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, joined Veronica Rueckert of UW-Madison Communications on a recent Badger Talks to discuss inequities in COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Wisconsin. In the interview, Green outlined disparities in COVID incidence and severity in Wisconsin, and a mismatch in who has access to the COVID vaccin... more

Green discusses Black Maternal Health Momnibus on WPR

Tiffany Green, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, appeared on the Wisconsin Public Radio program Central Time to discuss the federal Black Maternal Health Momnibus legislation, along with Wisconsin Congresswoman Gwen Moore. In the interview, Green talked about Wisconsin’s maternal mortality and preterm birth inequities, and speculation abo... more

Green discusses federal Momnibus legislation on WORT, Wisconsin Public Radio

Tiffany Green, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, joined WORT Community Radio in Madison to offer insight on the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021, including the Perinatal Workforce Act introduced by Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin and Congresswoman Gwen Moore. In the interview, Green offers additional perspective on the Perinatal... more

UW Ob-Gyn brings research, developments to 2021 SMFM Conference

Faculty, residents, fellows, researchers and more brought numerous posters and presentations to the virtual 2021 Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine Annual Meeting at the end of January! Learn more about the wealth of research shared by our colleagues at the conference: PRESENTATION: Racial disparities in post-operative pain experience and treatment following cesarean birt... more

Advocacy Update: Holmes-Drammeh quoted in support of Perinatal Workforce Act

Emelle Holmes-Drammeh, PA, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn submitted a statement in support of the Perinatal Workforce Act, which has been included in materials supporting the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021: "It is a known fact that the health care disparities that impact many people in this country lead to poor outcomes. As an Africa... more

Hoppe’s telehealth grant featured in Wisconsin Partnership Program article

A new article from the Wisconsin Partnership Program features the “Advancing Postpartum Care For Black Women in Wisconsin By Engaging Community Partners With a Home Telehealth Service for Hypertension” program, led by UW Ob-Gyn Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist Kara Hoppe, DO! The program is funded by a WPP New Investigator grant. In the article, Hoppe discusses the postp... more

Grand Rounds: Zapata presents “Combating Racial Inequities in Infant Mortality: A Personal and Professional Journey”

Jasmine Zapata, MD, MPH, of the UW SMPH Department of Pediatrics, presented the Grand Rounds lecture “Combating Racial Inequities in Infant Mortality: A Personal and Professional Journey” to the UW Department of Ob-Gyn on February 4, 2021. In the lecture, Zapata identified leading causes of Black infant mortality in Wisconsin, examined major health problems affecting infant... more

Grand Rounds: Davis presents “Medical Therapy for Transgender Patients”

On January 28, Dawn Davis, MD, PhD presented the Grand Rounds lecture “Medical Therapy for Transgender Patients.” Davis is an associate professor in the UW SMPH Department of Medicine’s Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism. In her presentation, Davis identified best practices for creating safe and welcoming environments for transgender patients, discussed heal... more

UW Ob-Gyn posters and presentations coming up at SGO Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer

The agenda for the virtual Society of Gynecologic Oncology’s 2021 Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer, coming up in March, is available, and UW Ob-Gyn faculty and trainees will have an extensive presence at the conference. We're proud of the broad variety of research our team will bring to the event! “Cannabidiol: Assessing Activity in Ovarian and Endometrial Carcinoma Cell Li... more

Heisler published in AJOG; response from Dee Fenner

An article published by Christine Heisler, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology garnered a responding editorial from legend in the field Dee Fenner, MD (ob-gyn department chair at the University of Michigan). Heisler’ article “Has a critical mass of women resulted in gender eq... more

Grand Rounds: Addressing Microaggressions in Health Care

As part of our department’s efforts around diversity, equity and inclusion, we invited UW Health Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Shiva Bidar, MA, and UW Health Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Program Coordinator Naomi Tahakashi, MSW, LCSW to present the training “Addressing Microaggressions in Health Care.” In their presentation, Bidar and Takahashi reviewed... more

Women’s Healthcast: Green discusses economic policy and health

Economic policy has a significant effect on our individual health. And policies are not always equitable. Tiffany Green, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, joined the Women's Healthcast to discuss ways systems and structures affect health: how health and economic security are cyclically linked, how COVID-19 has highlighted many structural ... more

Green writes about health disparities and election platforms in Medical News Today

Health care and reproductive health are important issues for many voters heading into the 2020 presidential election. In Medical News Today, Tiffany Green, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, evaluates policy platforms in terms of how they might affect maternal and infant health disparities. “What will the US election mean for Black-white d... more

2020 Women’s Health and Health Equity Research Lecture & Symposium poster awards

On October 8, nearly 170 people tuned in for the virtual UW Women’s Health and Health Equity Research Lecture and Symposium for amazing presentations: Erica Marsh, MD, of the University of Michigan, presented the keynote lecture “Ministration without Representation: The Essential Roles of Inclusion and Voice in Creating Health Equity.” We also learned about substance use pol... more

Heisler authors paper, earns Best Diversity Paper Award

Huge congratulations to Christine Heisler, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery! Heisler authored a paper in a recent edition of the American Journal of Surgery – the paper was presented at the 2020 Association of Women Surgeons Annual Conference, where it won the Best Diversity Paper award!“Leading from Behind: Paucity of gender... more

Green co-chairs Black Maternal and Child Health Alliance of Dane County

Tiffany Green, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health and UW-Madison Department of Population Health Sciences, was recently announced as co-chair of the Black Maternal and Child Health Alliance of Dane County. Congratulations, Dr. Green!The group will focus on improving rates of low birth weight and infant mortality for Black babies in Dane Coun... more

Green publishes op-ed on implicit bias trainings in Scientific American

Tiffany Green, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health, co-authored an editorial in Scientific American on the difference between intent and impact of implicit bias training.In “The Problem with Implicit Bias Training”, Green argues that, though implicit bias training is often a go-to option for organizations working to address racism, we lack th... more

Women’s Healthcast: Zapata on racial disparities in preterm birth

Black women have the highest rate of preterm birth in the United States, with approximately 13.8% of babies born preterm, according to the March of Dimes. Jasmine Zapata, MD joins the Women’s Healthcast to talk about what being born prematurely can mean for children’s health outcomes, the significant racial gap in preterm birth rates as well as Black maternal and infant mort... more

Grand Rounds: Unser presents “Wheelchair Barbie Goes to the Gynecologist”

On July 9, 2020, Cody Unser, MPH joined the UW Deparmtnet of Ob-Gyn to present the Grand Rounds lecture “Wheelchair Barbie Goes to the Gynecologist: A Perspective on the Sexual and Reproductive Health Care of Women with Disabilities.”In her lecture, Unser defined disability and walked through medical and social models of disability; discussed the intersection of sexuality an... more