Health Equity and Anti-racism Talks (HEART)

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The HEART series is a new institutional race, equity and inclusion speaker series at OHSU funded by a grant through the Racial Equity and Inclusion Funding Opportunity sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and Educational Improvement and Innovation. The planning committee is a collaboration of volunteers from OHSU Health Services, Clinical Psychology, Dermatology, Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, and Research & Innovation.

This lecture series will provide opportunities for OHSU members to learn about the role that systems of oppression have in creating inequitable social structures. The quarterly virtual lectures will touch on a variety of related topics in order to start and continue conversations about health equity and anti-racism.

Accreditation: OHSU School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  

Credit: OHSU School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Registration is required to claim credit.

Navigating the Noise: Abortion Politics, Equity and Ethics

Wednesday, Dec. 7, noon - 1 p.m.

Alison Edelman, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor, OB/GYN, OHSU

Katie Watson, J.D.
Associate Professor of Medical Social Sciences, Medical Education, and Ob/Gyn
Faculty, Medical Humanities & Bioethics Graduate Program
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Professor Watson will explore the underdiscussed racial justice, economic justice, and health equity impacts of abortion access. Professor Watson will argue that these historical and contemporary elements, plus the role safe and legal abortion plays in gender equity, make its preservation an ethical imperative in medicine. 

Professor Watson’s articles on abortion ethics and practice have appeared in publications including NEJM, JAMA, The Lancet, the AMA Journal of Ethics, and The New Yorker. She is the author of Scarlet A: The Ethics, Law, and Politics of Ordinary Abortion (2018 Oxford) which was described as “revolutionary” by the New York Times review and was recently recommended in its “Ten Books to Understand the Abortion Debate in the United States” list. She is the co-editor of Reproductive Ethics in Clinical Practice (2021 Oxford).

Dr. Watson’s talk will be preceded by a brief introduction by Dr. Alison Edelman, professor of OB/GYN and Division Director of Complex Family Planning at OHSU. Dr. Edelman will briefly review the impact on abortion care with the reversal of Roe v Wade; providing context for what those changes mean for pregnant people nationally, in Oregon, and at OHSU.

Past Talks

A Cede at the Table: Relocating Power for Health Equity

Sept. 29, noon - 1 p.m.

Steffanie Roaché, M.S., LPC
Assistant Professor of Practice, Trauma Informed Oregon

Trauma Informed Oregon is a statewide collaborative aimed at preventing and ameliorating the impact of adverse experiences on children, adults and families. Trauma Informed Oregon works in partnership with providers, individuals with lived experience and families to promote and sustain trauma informed policies and practices across physical, mental and behavioral health systems and to disseminate promising strategies to support wellness and resilience.

At this lecture, Roaché presented the following learning objectives:

1) Explore ways a trauma-informed lens supports equity and inclusion.

2) Identify overlooked and commonly used behaviors/actions within systems that continue to exclude and devalue those most in need.

3) Outline ways to cede power back to people of color and cultures most affected by systematic oppression.

A recording of this lecture is available at request for OHSU members. Contact Kate Stout.