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!