Penn Medicine is uniquely positioned to be a leader in addressing reproductive and maternal health inequities, and has established itself as an innovator in care delivery across the reproductive lifespan through programs such as the Pregnancy Early Access Center and Heart Safe Motherhood. Evaluation and external promotion of the impact of these projects is ongoing and could be enhanced by collaboration across disciplines. Increasing coordination among members of the working group will allow participants to realign existing expertise to maximize efficiency in data production and analysis.
Working Group Goal:
With an eye toward achieving health equity, the goal of the Maternal and Reproductive Health working group is to provide a forum for experts within LDI to advance work to disseminate policy relevant recommendations to ameliorate disparities in maternal and reproductive health care.
The Working Group aims to:
- Address the impact of regulation of reproductive health care spanning preconception, intrapartum, and postpartum care. This includes access to and reimbursement of assisted reproductive technologies and abortion, and quality of intrapartum and post pregnancy care, including mental health and other understudied conditions.
- Coalesce experts on maternal and reproductive health to exchange knowledge, share information, and work collaboratively on pressing issues at the local and national level that span the reproductive lives of women, particularly those who are compromised by health inequities.
- Catalyze change in reproductive health, guided by innovative strategy, application of novel research methodologies, and evidence-based initiatives.
- Directly impact local policy, address historical underpinnings of health inequities within Philadelphia, and incorporate best practices to address these inequities.
Working group membership is open to LDI Fellows, and others by invitation. Sign up here.