Safety Action Series

The Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Health Care is pleased to sponsor and convene the Safety Action Series. The Series is comprised of free teleconferences on various topics relevant to promoting a culture of safety in women’s health care. The series is designed to be interactive and collaborative, with ample time allotted during each session for audience participation.


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July 2019

When Childbirth is Deadly: Institutional Programming to Address Racial Disparities

July 9 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Objectives: Review the impact that institutional racism and implicit bias has on maternal health Discuss Eastern Virginia Medical School’s initiatives set to address racial disparities in maternal mortality and morbidity Identify strategies to promote personalized care for every woman during pregnancy and postpartum Speakers   Debi Bucci, DNP, MSOL, BSN, RNC Manager OB Safety Program at Sentara Healthcare     Lea M. Porche, MD Assistant Professor Maternal Fetal Medicine Obstetrics & Gynecology Eastern Virginia Medical School  

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April 2019

Racial Disparities in Maternal Health: Leveraging the Postpartum Period to Find Solutions​

April 12 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Objectives: Explore racial disparities in maternal health through a quality and safety lens Review evidence for mechanisms perpetuating racial disparities in maternal health for African American women Discuss the postpartum period as a point of intervention to reduce racial disparities in maternal health outcomes Speakers   Kelly Bower, PhD, MSN, MPH, RN Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing         Michelle Ogunwole, MD General Internal Medicine Research Fellow Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health    …

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August 2018

Challenging Unconscious Biases, Improving Women’s Health Outcomes

August 17, 2018 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

Objectives Define Unconscious Bias and introduce the “Groundwater Analysis of Racial Inequities” to increase awareness and understanding of institutional and structural racism as the underlying causes of health disparities. Identify behaviors that suggest biases Discuss real world experiences of unconscious bias in the medical setting Share techniques clinicians can utilize to reduce their biases and improve care Speakers   Joyce James, LMSW - AP Racial Equity Consultant, Joyce James Consulting     Angela Marshall, MD, FACP Internist, Comprehensive Women's Health…

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October 2017

Reducing Health Disparities: Shared Decision Making & Patient Empowerment

October 17, 2017 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Speakers LaToshia Rouse Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) Patient Partner Perinatal Quality Collaborative of North Carolina Arthur Ollendorff, MD Maternal Projects Lead, Perinatal Quality Collaborative of NC Ob-Gyn Physician, Mountain AHEC, Asheville, NC Objectives Identify the historical, socio-cultural factors that have resulted in barriers of patient-provider communication. Define shared decision making and its role in empowering women. Discuss methods and best practices for using shared decision making to empower patients and engage in care.

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July 2017

Steps Toward Achieving Birth Equity & Reducing Maternal and Infant Mortality Among Black Women

July 6, 2017 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

Speakers Joia Crear-Perry, MD, FACOG President & Founder, National Birth Equity Collaborative Chanel L. Porchia-Albert, CD, CLC, CHHC Founder & Executive Director, Ancient Song Doula Services Health & Reproductive Justice Advocate Objectives Define birth equity and consider it under the lens of patient safety Identify systemic factors that perpetuate health disparities among black women and discuss the importance of addressing them in the efforts to improve health outcomes Share tools and best practices for reducing maternal and infant mortality, including the collaborative…

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November 2016

Presentation of Reduction of Peripartum Racial/Ethnic Disparities Bundle

November 4, 2016 from 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EDT

Presenters: William Grobman, MD and Elizabeth Howell, MD, MPP

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