Department of
Obstetrics and Gynecology

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN
SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AND PUBLIC HEALTH

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

The Women's Health and Health Equity Research Lecture & Symposium is an annual meeting that connects healthcare professionals, population health experts and community advocates dedicated to advancing health equity. The presentations and poster sessions highlight research addressing persistent gender, racial, and other disparities.

2022 Keynote Speaker:

Keynote lecture: Pioneering Racial Justice, Health Equity, and the Health of Black Women: The Medical Career and Activist Life of Dr. Virginia M. Alexander

Vanessa Northington Gamble, MD, PhD is University Professor of Medical Humanities at The George Washington University. She is the first woman and African American to hold this prestigious, endowed faculty position. She is also Professor of Health Policy in the Milken Institute School of Public Health and Professor of American Studies in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Gamble is Adjunct Professor of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Throughout her career she has worked to promote equity and justice in medicine and public health. A physician, scholar, and activist, Dr. Gamble is an internationally recognized expert on the history of American medicine, racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care, public health ethics, and bioethics.

2022 Presentations:

Addressing Gaps in Long-term Care Needs After Stillbirth – A Focus on Mental Health, the Family, and Material Wellbeing Among Foreign-born Persons

Guadalupe Aguilera, PhD

Health Disparities Research Scholars Program Fellow

Learn more about the HDRS program


Engaging community doulas to improve health equity for Black birthing people with hypertension

Kara Hoppe, DO, MS

Associate Professor (CHS)
Maternal-Fetal Medicine


Tia Murray, BS, CLC, CD(DONA)

Ph.D. Student in Human Ecology: Human Development and Family Studies at the UW-Madison School of Human Ecology

Founder & CEO of Harambee Village Doulas

Executive Director, Harambee Birth & Family Center (HBFC)


New in 2022:  

7:05am-7:30am:  Brief & Brilliant Talks

Five researchers will each present a 3-minute talk to share bite-sized bits of science that showcase the essence of their research. 


Innovations in Measuring Intrapartum Care Quality at the Population Level

Fiona Weeks, MSPH (PhD candidate in Population Health)


Delivery Method Trends for American Indian Mothers over Two Decades in Brown County, WI

Megan Murphy-Belcaster, BS (MD expected 2023)


Leveraging Quality Improvement to Promote Health Equity: Prenatal Aspirin Recommendations by Race

Maya Gross, MD


A Translational Science Lens on MCH: A Reproductive Biology Perspective

Beverly Hutcherson, BS (MS in Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology expected 2022)


Urinary Incontinence in African American Community-Dwelling Women: Prevalence and Care Seeking

Kristina Warner, MD


History of the Symposium:

This Symposium is an annual meeting that connects healthcare professionals, population health experts and community advocates dedicated to advancing health equity. The presentations and poster sessions highlight research addressing persistent gender, racial, and other disparities. The Symposium grew out of the pioneering vision of Dr. Gloria Sarto and the late Dr. Gloria Johnson-Powell.

 

Dr. Gloria Johnson-Powell (1936-2017), the first African American female professor at Harvard, joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty in 2001 as Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Associate Dean for Cultural Diversity, and Director of the Center for Cultural Diversity and Health Care. Dr. Johnson-Powell has had remarkable influence in highlighting the importance of social equality as it impacts health equality.  She has labored all her life to seek equality for all, through her research, writings, and work within communities.   

 

In 2003, Dr. Johnson-Powell and Dr. Sarto received NIH funding to establish a comprehensive center to investigate the role of biological and social factors on disparate health outcomes, primarily among minority ethnic and racial populations.  The first Symposium was held in 2005.

 

Dr. Gloria Sarto has championed the health of women in innumerable ways throughout her professional career. As a physician, she personally treated many women and delivered their babies; as a department chair, she taught and mentored many students, residents, and young faculty; and as a national voice for women’s health, she continues to influence public policy, educational curricula, and national research initiatives.


Past Symposium Keynote Speakers:

  • 2022: Vanessa Northington Gamble, MD, PhD (video)
  • 2021: Elizabeth Howell, MD (video)
  • 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 20, 2022

6:45-10:30am

1325 Health Sciences Learning Center (HSLC)