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Editor’s note: A livestream of the event will be embedded below at 1 p.m. ET.

Historically medical training has had a narrow view of the human body. “Normal” in medical terms has traditionally been based on healthy White men, creating a knowledge gap and disadvantaging anyone outside of that “norm.” Can science, paired with new medical training and understanding, improve health outcomes for those who have been underserved or harmed by the medical community?


To fully explore the impact of gender on health outcomes, The 19th is bringing together doctors, medical experts, elected officials, patients and more for an afternoon of critical conversations. Learn more about the event here.


Welcome | 1 p.m. ET
Emily Ramshaw, CEO, The 19th


Sponsor Remarks From The Commonwealth Fund
Laurie Zephyrin, Vice President, Advancing Health Equity, The Commonwealth Fund

Should Your Doctor Look Like You? | 1:10 p.m. ET
Dr. Oni Blackstock, Executive Director of Health Justice
Laura Huang, Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
Moderator: Shefali Luthra, Health Reporter, The 19th

Suffering in Silence: Fibroids and Endometriosis | 1:45 p.m. ET
Dr. Erica Marsh, Chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, University of Michigan Medical School
Rep. Nikema Williams, Democrat, Georgia’s 5th District
Moderator: Dr. Jennifer Adaeze Okwerekwu, Reproductive Psychiatrist and Columnist, STAT

Performance: Why It’s So Hard to Get Mental Health Care in America | 2:15 p.m. ET
Stephanie Foo, Author, What My Bones Know

Navigating Care With a Disability | 2:30 p.m. ET
Dr. Lisa I. Iezzoni, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Moderator: Sara Luterman, Caregiving Reporter, The 19th

Medical Training, Care and LGBTQ+ Patients | 3:00 p.m. ET
Dr. Renee Crichlow, Chief Medical Officer, Codman Square Health Center Vice-Chair of Health Equity, and Boston University Medical School, Dept. of Family Medicine
Dallas Ducar, CEO of Transhealth Northampton
Moderator: Kate Sosin, LGBTQ+ Reporter, The 19th

Improving Pregnancy Care and Outcomes | 3:30 p.m. ET
Mimi (Paulomi) Niles, Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow, NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing
Abigail Echo-Hawk, Chief Research Officer for the Seattle Indian Health Board
Moderator: Nicholas St. Fleur, Reporter, STAT

Interstitials by Rachel Gross, Author, Vagina Obscura

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