District VII Maternal Mortality Summit

8:00 a.m.–noon CT | Sep 24, 2021


Friday, September 24, 2021

  • 8:00 a.m.
  • 8:10 a.m.
    Keynote Speaker: Ronald Iverson, MD, FACOG

    Dr. Ron Iverson is a general OBGYN who practices at the Boston Medical Center in Massachusetts. He is the vice chair of obstetrics and director of quality and safety for the department of OBGYN. He was trained in quality improvement at the Institute of Healthcare Improvement and helps lead the Massachusetts Perinatal Neonatal Quality Improvement Network, the state’s quality collaborative.

  • 8:40 a.m.
  • 8:50 a.m.
    Keynote Speaker: Veronica Gillispie-Bell, MD, FACOG

    Dr. Veronica Gillispie-Bell is a Board-Certified Obstetrician & Gynecologist and Associate Professor for Ochsner Health in New Orleans, Louisiana. She serves as the Senior Site Lead and Section Head of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Ochsner Kenner. Additionally, she serves as the Director of Quality for Women’s Services for the Ochsner Health System and is the Medical Director of the Minimally Invasive Center for the Treatment of Uterine Fibroids.

    Dr. Gillispie-Bell is also the Medical Director of the Louisiana Perinatal Quality Collaborative and Pregnancy Associated Mortality Review for the Louisiana Department of Health.

    Clinically, Dr. Gillispie-Bell performs advanced laparoscopic and robotic assisted laparoscopic procedures. She has served in several local and national leadership roles and received many accolades for her clinical, academic, and community services contributions.

  • 9:20 am.
  • 9:30 a.m.
  • 9:50 a.m.
    Keynote Speaker: Neel Shah, MD, FACOG

    Dr. Neel Shah, MD, MPP, FACOG, is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School, and Director of the Delivery Decisions Initiative at Harvard’s Ariadne Labs. As an obstetrician-gynecologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Dr. Shah cares for patients at critical life moments that range from childbirth to primary care to surgery. As a scientist and social entrepreneur, he is a globally recognized expert in designing solutions that improve health care.

    Dr. Shah is listed among the "40 smartest people in health care" by the Becker's Hospital Review, and has been profiled by The New York Times, CNN, and other outlets. He is written more than 50 peer-reviewed academic papers and contributed to four books, including as senior author of Understanding Value-Based Healthcare (McGraw-Hill), which Don Berwick has called "an instant classic" and Atul Gawande called "a masterful primer for all clinicians."

    Prior to joining the Harvard faculty, Dr. Shah founded Costs of Care, an NGO that curates insights from clinicians and patients to help delivery systems provide better care. In 2017, he co-founded the March for Moms Association, a coalition of more than 20 leading organizations, to increase public and private investment in the wellbeing of mothers. Dr. Shah currently serves on national advisory boards of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Office of Women's Health Research at the National Institutes of Health.

  • 10:20 a.m.
  • 10:30 a.m.
    Keynote Speaker: Labrisa Williams

    LaBrisa Williams is the Executive Director of the Tulsa Birth Equity Initiative, an organization whose mission is to equip families in Tulsa to have healthy births with dignity and reduce maternal health disparities. She fills gaps that have historically been ignored and connects birth workers with resources to increase access to Doulas addressing health inequities in Black and Brown communities to build healthier families. She has a passion for innovations that will ensure equity in maternal health. LaBrisa is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and a 2021 Aspen Institute Healthy Communities Fellow and currently works and lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

  • 11:00 a.m.
  • 11:10 a.m.
    Panel Q&A and Group Discussion
  • 11:50 a.m.
    Summary and Wrap Up