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First Annual Symposium to Address the Maternal Health Crisis in Georgia

November 29, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Georgia has one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the U.S. Despite several important efforts more action is needed. To address this crisis, Emory University’s Woodruff Health Sciences Center, in collaboration with Research!America, Morehouse School of Medicine, Mercer University School of Medicine, and other organizations in Georgia, is bringing together care providers, scientists, government and community partners to raise awareness, align efforts, and garner resources to inspire change to improve maternal and child health in Georgia and across the Southeast.

The symposium will feature personal testimonies by individuals and families affected by maternal mortality and maternal health challenges. Additionally, results from a 2023 statewide public opinion poll will be presented by Research!America to discuss challenges and solutions. The day will also include a networking lunch with advocacy groups and maternal health leaders.

9:00 A.M. — Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Ravi Thadhani, MD, MPH, Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, Emory University
  • Rose L. Horton, MSM, RNC-OB, NEA-BC, FAAN, Specialty Director Women & Infant Services, Emory Decatur Hospital; Founder & CEO of NotOnMyWatch Consulting Partners

9:10 A.M. — Keynote Speaker

  • Kathleen E. Toomey, MD, MPH, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Public Health

9:50 A.M. — Fireside Chat: Personal Story

  • Moderated by:
    • Natalie D. Hernandez-Green, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine and the Executive Director of the Center for Maternal Health Equity, Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Featured Guest Speaker:
    • Heather Dobbs, Perinatal Patient Navigator and Doula, Morehouse School of Medicine 

10:30 A.M. — Case Studies in Preeclampsia: European Experience

  • Holger Stepan, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics, University of Leipzig, Germany

11:15 A.M. — Summary of Survey Results and Findings

  • Mary Woolley, President and CEO, Research!America

12:00 P.M. — Networking Lunch

  • Featuring Tables with Community Partners (Listed below)

1:30 P.M. — Panel Discussion + Q&A

  • Moderated by:
    • Ravi Thadhani, MD, MPH, Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, Emory University
  • Panelists:
    • Sarah C. Blake, PhD, MA, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies for Department of Health Policy and Management, Emory University
    • Keisha Callins, MD, MPH, Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Joy McCann Endowed Professor, Mercer University School of Medicine
    • Ky Lindberg, Chief Executive Officer, Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia, Inc.
    • Michael K. Lindsay, MD, MPH, Luella Klein Professor and Director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and Chief of the Emory Obstetrics and Gynecology Service at Grady Memorial Hospital
    • Kathleen E. Toomey, MD, MPH, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Public Health
    • Mary Woolley, President and CEO, Research!America

2:30 P.M. — Closing Remarks and Next Steps

  • M. Daniele Fallin, PhD, James W. Curran Dean of Public Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

3:00 P.M. — Adjourn


Hotel accommodations at the Emory Conference Center Hotel are available at a discounted rate using booking link: https://book.passkey.com/e/50688298.

For more information about the event, contact WHSCevents@emory.edu.
For questions about or issues with registration, contact RSVP@researchamerica.org.


November 29, 2023
9:00 am - 3:00 pm