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Weekly Rounds 08-23-2020


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DFA 2020 NLC Healing America Conference Website
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Only 5 More Days………
DON’T MISS
Dr Don Berwick
 “The Moral Determinants of Health and DFA’s Health for All Work”
Saturday, August 29 at 11 AM Eastern

And also, DON’T miss Racism as a Social Determinant of Health, and topical issues in Women’s Health. One is the fourth and final plenary of the conference, and the other involves panel discussions with the opportunity for breakout participation by conference attendees.

Plenary #4 Racism as a Social Determinant of Health (Saturday August 29, 7:00 pm ET)
Dismantle structural racism now! Dr. Maybank will guide us on how to advocate and work within our communities to dismantle structural racism and give everybody the opportunity to lead a healthy life.

Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH
Dr Maybank is the inaugural Chief Health Equity Officer and Vice President of the American Medical Association (AMA). She was previously an Associate Commissioner with the New York City Department of Health and Director of the Center for the Health Equity. Under her leadership, the Race to Justice Initiative was launched to transform the culture and public health practice of the Health Department and embed health equity throughout the department’s work. She also teaches medical and public health students on topics related to health inequities, public health leadership and management, physician advocacy and community organizing in health and is a well-recognized media contributor on health policy issues.

Women’s Health Working Group (Friday August 28, 6:30 pm ET)
This program is comprised of three sessions, each exploring a topic relating to women’s health, with medical, legal, and social work experts, aided by members of the DFA Women’s Health Working Group. There will be breakout sessions following these presentations, where participants will be able to delve further into learning how to tell their patients’ stories.

Transgender Health Care

Bijou Basu is a second year MD-PhD candidate at Case Western Reserve University. She spent a year working at the National Institutes of Health and is passionate about advocating for underserved communities, women’s health, and mental health.

Dr Kristen Rager is an adolescent medicine specialist and pediatrician in Nashville, where her practice focuses on adolescent reproductive health, adolescent disordered eating, and LGBTQ+ youth and young adults. She is also Medical Director for Nashville CARES, which promotes a comprehensive and compassionate response to HIV and AIDS through education, prevention, advocacy, and supportive services, and Director of Trans Care at Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and Northern Mississippi.

Legal History of Abortion

Jessie Hill is a Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Research at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, teaching constitutional law, civil rights, reproductive rights, and law and religion. She has worked at the Reproductive Freedom Project of the ACLU and practiced First Amendment and civil rights law with a small law firm in Cleveland. She serves on the board of Preterm, a nonprofit abortion and sexual health clinic.

Dr Maria Phillis is a fourth year Obstetrics and Gynecology resident at MacDonald Women's Hospital, University Hospitals in Cleveland. Prior to her medical career she worked in child protection as an assistant prosecuting attorney. She is a member of the Doctors for America's Women's Health Working Group and currently serves as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists District V Junior Fellow Vice Chair.

Care of Homeless Women

Debbie Fox is Senior Policy and Practice Specialist at the National Network Against Domestic Violence (NNEDV). She has worked extensively in organizational development, nonprofit administration, and domestic violence population-specific housing and economic justice programming.

Libby Benedict is the Women’s Policy Institute Program Manager for alum engagement, an initiative of the Women’s Foundation California. Previously she was the Director of Physicians for Reproductive Health’s Leadership Training Academy, a national program that prepares doctors to become self-directed leaders in reproductive health advocacy.

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