2018 UW Women’s Health and Health Equity Research

Lecture & Symposium

The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health is pleased to invite you to attend the Women’s Health and Health Equity Research Lecture & Symposium.

Keynote Speaker

Sheri Johnson, Ph.D. "Why Health Equity?"

Scholar Presentations

Jessica Vazquez, Trainee, Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology Program, Stanic Lab
Madelyne Greene, Postdoc, Health Disparities Research Scholars Training Program

October 11, 2018
7:30-11:00am
Health Sciences Learning Center (HSLC), Room 1325
750 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53705


Sheri Johnson, Ph.D. has dedicated her 25+ year career to partnering with children, families, community organizations and systems to advance health and well-being. Awed by the resilience of individuals and communities, she is motivated to remove unfair obstacles and conditions that create and perpetuate health inequities. Dr. Johnson completed undergraduate studies at Brown University; earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Boston University and served as a Clinical Fellow in Psychology at Harvard Medical School. She was previously Director of Behavioral Health at Milwaukee Health Services, Inc., a federally qualified health center and served as the Administrator and State Health Officer for the Wisconsin Division of Public Health. Immediately prior to joining the PHI, she was Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin Center for Advancement of Underserved Children where she collaborated with diverse stakeholders to address a broad range of real-world problems.

Funding from the NIH was received in 2007 for the Health Disparities Research Scholars (HDRS) program to train candidates at the postdoctoral level in interdisciplinary research to address the causes and consequences of maternal child health disparities among minority mothers, their children and their families. The program is in its tenth year of funding. With the development of the HDRS program, the annual Women’s Health and Health Equity Lecture and Symposium was established.

The Symposium is an annual meeting that connects health care professionals and population health experts around the latest research into health disparities and health equity. Every year, in addition to the keynote lecture, two emerging researchers share their work on health disparities research and between 20 and 30 junior investigators bring posters. One of the aims of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is to close the persistent gender and racial health disparities gaps.

Past Symposium Keynote Speakers:

2013: Vivian Pinn, MD

2014: David Grimes, MD, FACOG, FACPM

2015: Florence Haseltine, MD, PhD

2016: Melissa Gilliam MD, MPH

2017: Haywood Brown, MD