Premature Birth: Paving the Path for my Granddaughter

Written by Ebony B. Carter, MD, MPH, assistant professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Washington University School of Medicine Embed from Getty Images “In the shadows of our finest medical facilities, where kings and shahs travel thousands of miles for the world’s best medical care, black babies continue to die.” My mother opened nearly every […]

Postpartum diabetes screening essential for health equity in women

Paving the path to reproductive equity requires raising awareness of the long term consequences of conditions first diagnosed in pregnancy.  Pregnancy complications like gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia serve as early warning signs for a woman’s future disease risk; however, our fragmented healthcare system often makes it difficult to effectively monitor and prevent disease in these […]

Culture, biology and women’s reproductive health

Written by Jelena Debelnogich, undergraduate student, Kent State University and participant in the Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program The Institute for Public Health invited Dr. L. Lewis Wall to speak about global health. Dr. Wall is the Selina Okin Kim Conner Professor in Arts and Sciences for Medical Anthropology and Professor in Sociocultural […]

Summer Research Program alumni blog – Maria Ruiz

Written by Maria Ruiz,  Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program alumna During the summer of January 2014, just after my first year of college, I had the opportunity to participate in the Institute of Public Health’s Summer Research Program. I conducted women’s reproductive health research in a molecular microbiology laboratory at Washington University School […]

A medical anthropologist in Paris

Between 2001 and 2009, I had the opportunity to interview West African women living in Paris, France, and consult for reproductive health care in the French public health system. Structured interviews with 130 women led to further informal questioning of those who were willing, and to a handful of intense personal relationships. These relations, in […]