Women's Health Symposium

2020 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 8, 2020.

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

Erica E. Marsh, MD, MSCI, FACOG 

Dr. Marsh is the S. Jan Behrman Collegiate Professor of Reproductive Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School and Chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in the Department of OBGYN. She is the Founder and Director of the Women’s Health and Reproductive Disparities (onWHARD) Collaborative, a group committed to advancing reproductive health through meaningful research, empowering education, and committed advocacy. She is also the Director of Community Engagement for the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (NIH-funded CTSA program) at UM.


Christine Durrance, PhD, Incoming Associate Professor of Public Affairs, Robert M La Follette School of Public Affairs

Leigh Senderowicz, ScD, MPH, Health Disparities Research Scholar

Ryan Spencer, MD, MS, FACOG, Residency Program Director of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology 

Call for Posters

Please consider submitting a poster on women’s health research.  We are especially interested in research focused on gender and racial health disparities. Posters will be accepted into two categories: Category 1: basic and pre-clinical research; and Category 2: clinical, implementation, and public health research.  Please submit your abstract HERE.  Poster submissions are due by Tuesday, September 1 at 11:59p.m.  

NEW THIS YEAR! Since we are not holding an in-person poster session, we want to give presenters an opportunity to talk about their poster. We encourage poster presenters to submit a 2 minute video answering these two questions about their poster:

  1. What is your research question?
  2. How are the findings relevant to women's health and/or health equity?

If you have any questions, please contact Autumn Hayes at ahayes1@wisc.edu or 608-417-4248.

Past Symposium Keynote Speakers:

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

October 8, 2020

Virtual event - attendance information coming soon!