Register Today for Free Provider Education Event on Nov. 22, 2019
Posted November 7, 2019
Register Today for the free Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) Illinois provider Blue UniversitySM event taking place on Nov. 22, 2019, for a discussion with health care leaders to address the maternal and infant health crisis through a health equity lens.
In a recent Blue Review article, Dr. Derek J. Robinson, BCBSIL vice president and chief medical officer, discussed that while pregnancy is a significant and happy life event for expecting parents, the risk some women face during pregnancy and after giving birth is magnified. Racial and ethnic disparities exist in both obstetric outcomes and health care quality. These disparities are not simple differences but rather inequities that systematically and negatively impact less advantaged groups. Minority women suffer a disproportionate number of maternal deaths, pregnancy complications, comorbid illnesses, and adverse obstetric outcomes and have been shown to receive obstetric care that differs by race and ethnicity.
To further this discussion, we have invited Joia Adele Crear-Perry, M.D., FACOG, to be the keynote speaker at the fall Blue University event. Dr. Crear-Perry is the founder and president of the National Birth Equity Collaborative, whose mission is to create solutions that optimize Black maternal and infant health through training, policy advocacy, research and community-centered collaboration. Recently, Dr. Crear-Perry addressed the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to urge a human rights framework to improve maternal mortality.
Additional speakers include Patricia Lee King, Ph.D., MSW, who will speak about the Illinois Perinatal Quality Collaborative (ILPQC) work on initiatives related to maternal and infant morbidity/mortality and looking ahead to the upcoming work on a statewide Birth Equity Initiative in 2021, and Robin L. Jones, M.D., to discuss Illinois’ first Maternal Morbidity and Mortality Report from the Illinois Department of Health’s Maternal Mortality Review Committee/Maternal Mortality Review Committee-Violent Deaths Committee.
The workshop will be held on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, at:
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois
300 E. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601
Registration Check-in: 8:30 to 9 a.m.
Forum: 9 a.m. to Noon
Continental breakfast will be available.