Health Equity

Fixing America’s Broken Maternal Health System

A Conversation with Victor Caraballo, MD, MBA, Veronica Gillispie-Bell, 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.

Supported by the Charles C. Leighton, MD Memorial Lecture Fund. 


Victor Caraballo, MD, MBA

Vice President, Quality Management and Chief Safety Officer, Independence Blue Cross

Veronica Gillispie-Bell, 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; 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

Chief Black Feminist Physician Scientist, Founding CEO, and Owner, Birthing Cultural Rigor, LLC

Sindhu Srinivas

Sindhu Srinivas, MD, MSCE (moderator)

Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Perelman School of Medicine