Monthly archives: May, 2017

2017 Mother’s Day March for Moms

On Mother’s Day, CRWG’s Visiting Research Specialist, Katie Garland, attended the March for Moms in Washington DC. Over 100 maternal health advocates, researchers, practitioners and families gathered at the Jefferson Memorial to draw attention to poor maternal health outcomes in the US and around the world.

A diverse group of stakeholders came together for the march including the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, DONA International, Frontier Nursing University and March of Dimes, among many others. Translating research to action was a particular theme of the march, as speakers both highlighted maternal health issues and called for action on these issues.

Christy Turlington Burns, supermodel and founder of Every Mother Counts, discussed the global burden of maternal mortality. Her experience having a postpartum hemorrhage giving birth to her first child inspired her to found Every Mother Counts, which funds projects working to prevent maternal mortality around the world.

Neel Shah, MD from Harvard University encouraged attendees to tell their senators to oppose the massive cuts to Medicaid proposed in American Health Care Act, which he called “a slap in the face” to mothers. Medicaid pays for half of births in America, so the proposed $880 billion cut to Medicaid would be particularly devastating to American Moms.

It’s time to seriously invest in the health of American mothers. Events like this are just the beginning to bring together diverse stakeholders to advocate for more resources to ensure the health of all mothers!

Photo caption: Katie (left) attended the march with her mother, Meghan, an instructor at Frontier Nursing University.

CRWG Hosts 4th Annual Women’s Health Research Day

On Friday, April 21, the Center for Research on Women and Gender hosted the 4th Annual UIC Women’s Health Research Day. The goal of the event is to disseminate recent findings related to women’s health and facilitate networking among faculty, students, and staff conducting women’s health or sex /gender based research. This year’s theme was Translating Research into Policy: From Reproductive Health to Reproductive Justice.  Approximately 85 faculty, students and researchers from UIC, University of Indiana and UI Hospital attended and 33 students, fellows, staff and faculty presented posters.

Two abstract winners were selected to give oral “data blitz” presentations. Dr. Aerika Brittian Loyd from the College of Education presented her work on the health implications of racial discrimination on adolescent girls on probation and Victoria deMartelly from the College of Nursing discussed visualizing access to abortion clinics and crisis pregnancies centers in Illinois.


The event presented keynote speaker, Cynthia Summers, DrPH, Executive Vice President and Vice President for Communications and Publications at the Guttemacher Institute. Dr. Summers discussed the importance research translation to inform reproductive health policy.

In addition to our speakers, 33 posters highlighting new research in women’s health and sex/gender based health were entered into our poster competition. Dr. Judith Schlaeger from the College of Nursing and Rosalba Satta from the College of Medicine won first and second place, respectively, for outstanding poster by a faculty, staff or fellow. Kera Beskin from the School of Public Health and Jessica Fogel from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences tied for first place for outstanding poster by a graduate, undergraduate or medical student.

We sincerely thank our co-sponsors, UIC Center for Excellence in Maternal Child Health and UIC Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) program. The event would not have been possible without their generous support!