Newswise — Public health experts and policymakers will gather at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health on Monday, February 25 to discuss policies that could reduce maternal deaths in the United States, especially among black women. The event will also honor Dr. Shalon Irving, a Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health alumna and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) epidemiologist who passed away unexpectedly in 2017, just three weeks after giving birth.
Her case called national attention to the disproportionately high rates of maternal mortality among black women in the U.S., the only developed country with an increasing maternal mortality rate. In response to heightened awareness, lawmakers Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL) and Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) have introduced legislation aimed at preventing American women from dying from pregnancy or childbirth, especially black women.
Event speakers include Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (D-IL), public health officials from the CDC, National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Birth Equity Collaborative, as well as experts from across the Johns Hopkins University schools of Public Health, Medicine and Nursing.
WHAT: The Fierce Urgency of Now: Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Shalon M. Irving and Advancing the Agenda to Eliminate Racial Disparities in Maternal Health
WHEN: Monday, February 25, 2019, 3-5 P.M. EST
WHERE: Sommer Hall, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 615 N. Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21205 (The event will be livestreamed here.)
- Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (D-IL), and Alumna, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
- Dr. Jeffrey E. Hall, Deputy Associate Director for Science, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Mia Keeys, Health Policy Advisor to Congresswoman Robin L. Kelly (D-IL)
- Dr. Janine Austin Clayton, Associate Director for Research on Women’s Health and Director, Office of Research on Women’s Health, National Institutes of Health
- Dr. Joia Crear-Perry, Founder and President of the National Birth Equity Collaborative, Steering Committee Member of the Black Mamas Matter Alliance and Steering Committee Member of the National Medical Association
- Dr. Raegan McDonald-Mosley, Chief Medical Officer of Planned Parenthood of Maryland, Incorporated and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Alumna
- Reverend Debra Hickman, Co-Founder and CEO of Sisters Together and Reaching, Incorporated (STAR)
- Ms. Wanda Irving, Mother of Dr. Shalon Irving
- Dr. Tanjala Purnell, Assistant Professor of Surgery and Associate Director for Education and Training, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity
- Dr. Janice Bowie, Professor of Health, Behavior and Society and Director of the Johns Hopkins Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) Program
- Dr. Marie Diener-West, Helen Abbey and Margaret Merrell Professor of Biostatistics and Director of the Johns Hopkins Master of Public Health (MPH) Program
- Dr. Lisa Cooper, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Health Equity and Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity
- Dr. Janet DiPietro, Vice Dean for Research and Faculty, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
- Dr. Serena Michelle Ogunwole, General Internal Medicine Fellow, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
- Dr. Chidinma Ibe, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Associate Director for Stakeholder Engagement, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity
- Dr. Nakiya Showell, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Core Faculty, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity
- Media who plan to attend the event must register in advance with Andrea Maruniak, communications associate in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Department of Health, Behavior and Society at [email protected].
- Electronic media must pre-set before 2:00 PM.