AAMC Maternal Health Equity Webinar Series
This April, AAMC Health Equity Research and Policy celebrated National Minority Health Month with the launch of the Maternal Health Equity Webinar Series. The series kicked off during Black Maternal Health Week (April 11-17), an awareness-raising campaign for maternal health and health care disparities.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Black, American Indian, and Alaska Native (AI/AN) women are two to three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women—and this disparity increases with age. Pregnancy-related deaths for Black and AI/AN women older than 30 are four to five times higher than for white women. This series will highlight the unique role of academic medicine in the fight for maternal health justice and feature physicians, community leaders, and researchers who are committed to eliminating these inequities.
Part One: Context Past & Present
Dr. Ndidiamaka Amutah-Onukagha of Tufts University gave an overview of the factors that exacerbate maternal health disparities for women of color in the United States and provided the historical context that underpins current inequities. The presentation also showcased organizations working to address the crisis, as well as emerging policy and legislative opportunities. Download the slides (PDF).
Bridging the Urban-Rural Divide: Maternal Health Across Appalachia and Indian Country
The second installment of the series focused on the health disparities faced by mothers of color in rural America, especially American Indian and Alaska Native women. Download the slides (PDF) and additional resources (PDF).
Inequities in Infant & Maternal Health in West Virginia: A Set of Recommendations
Dr. Lauri Andress of West Virginia University School of Public Health presented how the rural state of West Virginia has handled maternal and infant mortality disparities in the 21st century told from the sociopolitical perspective of her experiences as a public health communications expert, political aide, and academician.
Not Just Surviving, But Thriving: Cultural Practices that Promote Positive Maternal Health Outcomes in Native Women and Families
While Native communities face disparate health conditions, traditional practices, cultural values and language resiliency help sustain healthy Native families and children. Hannabah Blue, MS and Vanessa Tibbitts, MA provided introductory information about Native public health, clinical systems, and health disparities and shared cultural practices, success stories, resources and best practices in supporting the care of Native communities, with particular focus on Native women and families.
Part Three: Advancing Maternal Health Equity in Refugee Communities
Dr. Crista Johnson-Agbakwu, founding director of the Refugee Women’s Clinic at Valleywise Health, provided an overview of the global refugee crisis with special attention to the vulnerabilities faced by refugee women and the challenges providers face in the delivery of high quality culturally competent care. A specific lens focused on the cultural practice of Female Genital Cutting as well as the current COVID-19 pandemic crisis. As a practicing Obstetrician Gynecologist, Dr. Johnson-Agbakwu shared her perspectives regarding innovative models of patient care for refugee women and best practice strategies in the provision of linguistically and culturally-appropriate care that optimizes reproductive health outcomes, and promotes the healing, health and wellness of refugee women. Download the slides (PDF).
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9th Annual LGBT Health Workforce Conference
April 22-24, 2020
New York, NY
Proposal Deadline: January 1, 2021
Community Engaged Research Symposium: Advancing Health Equity, the Impact of Coronavirus Now and in the Future
December 1-2, 2020
When Two Pandemics Meet: HIV and COVID-19 in the Hispanic LGBTQ Community Webinar
December 1, 2020
4-5 p.m. ET
Interprofessional Education Collaborative Institute: Building Effective Interprofessional Education for Collaborative Practice
December 1, 3, 8, & 10, 2020
Intentionally Integrating Equity into SDOH Interventions: Technology
December 3, 2020
1 p.m. ET
Communities Driving Research: Diversity, Inclusion and the All of Us Research Program
December 3, 2020
3-4 p.m. ET
Building Racial Equity into the Drug Development System
December 7, 2020
Modern Healthcare Social Determinants of Health Symposium
December 8, 2020
A Culture of Health Program Listening Workshop: Community Perspectives
December 8-10, 2020
4-6:30 p.m. ET
Dissemination and Implementation Science in a Dynamic, Diverse, and Interconnected World: Meeting the Urgent Challenges of our Time
December 14-16, 2020
SYNChronicity 2020: The National Conference for HIV, HCV, STI, and LGBTQ Health
December 15-17, 2020
January 2020 and Later
Families USA’s Health Action Conference: Power. Impact. Now.
January 26-28, 2021
All of Us Research Program Fireside Chats: Research
January 28, 2021
3-4 p.m. ET
All of Us Research Program Fireside Chats: Women's Health
May 27, 2021
3-4 p.m. ET
International Conference on Improving the Health of Rural, Minority Populations and Health Equity
August 23-24, 2021
Budapest, Hungary & Rome, Italy
Conferences and meetings related to health equity research and policy are updated regularly. If you know of an upcoming event that is not listed here, please email HealthEquityResearch@aamc.org with the relevant conference information/links to be included.