Health Equity

Fixing America’s Broken Maternal Health System

A Conversation with Stephen Friedhoff, MD, Veronica Gillispie, MD, Rachel Hardeman, PhD, MPH, Pooja Mehta, MD, MSHP, and Karen Scott, MD, MPH, moderated by Sindhu Srinivas, MD, MSCE

12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m. ET October 14, 2022 Virtual Event

Maternal mortality in the U.S. is higher than in any other developed nation, with substantial inequities in maternal health outcomes. Systemic barriers, including poor access to care and inadequate health care coverage, together with a failure to recognize, respect and listen to patients of color, are at the root of this crisis. Our expert panel will touch on innovations in health care delivery. We’ll also discuss what a systemic revamp would look like – one that encompasses health care delivery systems, insurers, payment, and more.  Join us to discuss what a high functioning system could look like, how it could be financed, and what it will take to get there.


Stephen Friedhoff, MD

Senior Vice President, Health Care Services, Blue Cross NC

Veronica Gillispie, MD

Head of Women’s Services, Ochsner Medical Center

Rachel Hardeman

Rachel Hardeman, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor and Blue Cross Endowed Professor of Health and Racial Equity, Division of Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota School of Public Health; Director, Center for Antiracism Research for Health Equity, University of Minnesota School of Public Health

Pooja Mehta

Pooja Mehta, MD, MSHP

Women’s Health Lead, Cityblock Health

Karen Scott

Karen Scott, MD, MPH

Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology Reproductive Sciences, University of California San Francisco

Sindhu Srinivas

Sindhu Srinivas, MD, MSCE (moderator)

Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Perelman School of Medicine