Women's Health Symposium

UW Women’s Health and Health Equity Research Lecture & Symposium

The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health is pleased to invite you to attend the virtual Women’s Health and Health Equity Research Lecture & Symposium on October 14, 2021.

The Symposium is an annual meeting that connects health care professionals and population health experts around the latest research into health disparities and health equity. Every year, in addition to the keynote lecture, researchers share their work on health disparities research and investigators present posters. One of the aims of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is to close the persistent gender and racial health disparities gaps.

Keynote Speaker

Elizabeth Howell, MD, MPP
"Health Equity and Quality of Care: The Case of Maternal Mortality and Morbidity"

Dr. Howell is the Chair of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Previously she was a Professor of Population Health Science & Policy and Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science and the Founding Director of the Blavatnik Family Women’s Health Research Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She is a NIH-funded ob/gyn health services researcher and her major research interests are the intersection between quality of care and disparities in maternal and infant mortality and morbidity and postpartum depression and its impact on underserved communities.


Rebecca Myerson, PhD, MPH 
Assistant Professor of Population Health Sciences
Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) Scholar
"Medicaid Expansion Increased Preconception Health Counseling, Folic Acid Intake, And Postpartum Contraception"

Vivian L. Tamkin, PhD, LP 
Postdoctoral Research Fellow 
Health Disparities Research Scholars T-32 Training Program
"Exploring reflective functioning in low-income African American/Black mothers with depression: Charting new waters through a life course lens"

Call for Posters

Share your research in our poster session!  We welcome research that focuses on gender and racial health disparities, from across the translational spectrum. When submitting your poster, be prepared to describe how your research addresses a health disparity or improves health equity. The poster session will be virtual, with PDFs of posters displayed on the Department of Ob-Gyn Symposium webpage between Monday, October 11 through Thursday, October 21, 2021.

Please submit your poster abstract HERE by Sunday, September 26 at 11:59pm. 

Please upload the digital (PDF) version of your poster and your two minute video (optional) below (or use this link).  Submissions need to be uploaded by Sunday, September 26 at 11:59pm.

If you have any questions, contact Autumn at ahayes1@wisc.edu.

Poster Awards

​Posters will be judged by a panel of UW faculty. ​ A certificate will be awarded to the two top posters.

Past Symposium Keynote Speakers:

  • 2020: Erica Marsh, MD (video)
  • 2019: Tiffany Green, PhD (video)
  • 2018: Sheri Johnson, PhD
  • 2017: Haywood Brown, MD (video)
  • 2016: Melissa Gilliam MD, MPH (video)
  • 2015: Florence Haseltine, MD, PhD
  • 2014: David Grimes, MD, FACOG, FACPM (video)
  • 2013: Vivian Pinn, MD (video)

October 14, 2021

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