Department of
Obstetrics and Gynecology


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 Women’s Health and Health Equity Research Lecture & Symposium on October 20, 2022.

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.

2022 Keynote Speaker:

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:

Bikki Tran Smith, PhD, MA

Health Disparities Research Scholars Program Fellow

Learn more about the HDRS program

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. 

Interested in sharing your research? We are offering two options:

  1. Submit a poster

  2. Submit a proposal to give a Brief & Brilliant talk

We encourage you to submit for both!


The Brief & Brilliant (B&B) talks are TedX-style presentations aimed to translate women's health and health equity research in ways that engage a broad audience and emphasize the public relevance of this work.

The goal is to emphasize the main conclusions of the research rather than the methodological details behind it. Five scholars will be selected to each give a 3-minute lightning talk, highlighting an idea from their area of work that is particularly important, relevant, or intriguing.

The B&B talks will be in person at the HSLC from 7:05-7:30am on Thursday, October 20, 2022.

Please complete a B&B talk submission HERE by Sunday, August 21 at 11:59pm. If you have any questions, contact Autumn at

Late submissions will not be accepted.

Selection Process:

B&B talk proposals will be evaluated by the Symposium Planning Committee. Successful proposals will:

  • Align with the event theme and objectives 
  • Deepen audience understanding of a particular research innovation
  • Offer fresh insight and relevant information through the combination of words and visuals
  • Effectively communicate messages to a variety of audience members

Preference will be given to proposals by trainees and emerging professionals. Presenters chosen for B&B talks will be notified by September 2, 2022.

Presenter Award:

A $100 prize will be awarded to the B&B presenter selected through audience polling at the Symposium.


We welcome research (from bench to community) that focuses on gender, racial, and other health disparities. We are seeking to showcase a wide variety of research, and encourage early career professionals, trainees and community partners to share their work. When submitting your poster, be prepared to describe how your research addresses a health disparity or improves health equity. The poster session will be in person at the HSLC from 6:45-10:30am on Thursday, October 20, 2022. 

Please submit your poster abstract HERE by Sunday, September 11 at 11:59pm. If you have any questions, contact Autumn at

Late submissions will not be accepted.

Selection Process:

Posters will be evaluated by the Symposium Planning Committee. Posters chosen for the poster session will be notified by September 20, 2022.

Poster Awards:

Posters will be judged and a $100 prize will be awarded to each of the top two posters.

Past Symposium Keynote Speakers:

  • 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


1325 Health Sciences Learning Center (HSLC)