New Health & Medicine Talk will look at disparities in maternal health and mortality

The maternal mortality rate in the U.S. has more than doubled since 1987, and more American women are dying of pregnancy-related complications than in any other developed country. The outcomes for black women are even more disturbing with black mothers three to four times as likely to die from pregnancy-related causes as their white counterparts. Experts look to many causes for the crisis from poverty to lack of access to healthcare, but there is no doubt that social determinants of health and discrimination are key factors.

The next Health & Medicine Talk will look at disparities in maternal health and mortality with a Chicago focus as well as opportunities to advance health equity to eliminate disparities in maternal outcomes. To lead this discussion, we are pleased to welcome Board Member and Northwestern University faculty member Melissa A. Simon, MD MPH. Dr. Simon is Vice Chair of Clinical Research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern and her work aims at eliminating health disparities among low income, medically underserved women across the lifespan. She is also the founding director of the newly created Center for Health Equity Transformation.

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Health & Medicine Talks on December 18, 2018

At Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

525 W. Monroe Street, FL 19 Chicago, IL 60661

5:30 reception / 6:00 presentation / 6:45 discussion


About the speaker:

Melissa A. Simon, M.D., M.P.H., is the George H. Gardner professor of clinical gynecology, the vice chair of clinical research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and a professor of preventive medicine and medical social sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is the founder of the Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative and a member of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Simon leads a diverse portfolio of research funded by the National Institutes of Health and various foundations focused on implementation science that directly affects local-, state-, and national-level thought and policy regarding inclusion and health equity across the lifespan. She has led several patient navigation efforts that aim to improve interface and engagement between women and their families with their health care teams, especially for breast and cervical cancer screening, follow-up, and treatment; pregnancy; mental health; and elder well-being. As a clinical obstetrician/gynecologist, Dr. Simon works primarily with low-income, medically underserved women at Northwestern Prentice Women’s Hospital. Dr. Simon mentors a large group of individuals, spanning from high school students through junior faculty.  She has been recognized with several leadership and mentoring awards and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine’s Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity and Elimination of Health Disparities and its Care Culture and Decision-Making Innovation Collaborative.

About the event series:

Health & Medicine Talks distills the very best of our forum and educational offerings, shortening the format, and making them available to more people.



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