May 25
Clinton Presidential Center

Conversations on Health Equity

Virtual Conversation

The Clinton Center's Conversations on Health Equity series will explore several important topics related to health equity, including vaccine confidence, maternal health disparities, and health equity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Each program will bring together health experts and practitioners for practical conversations designed to outline the problems that impact millions of our fellow Americans and will provide solutions and action items that can make a difference. 

This series is sponsored by the Derek Lewis Foundation; National Medical Association; and Arkansas Medical, Dental, & Pharmaceutical Association. Conversations on Health Equity are presented by the Clinton Foundation and produced virtually by the Clinton Presidential Center.

Program 2: Addressing Maternal Health Disparities 
May 25, 2021 | 6:30 p.m. CT / 7:30 p.m. ET

During the second program in our "Conversations on Health Equity" series, experts and practitioners will discuss the policies and systems impacting women’s reproductive healthcare. They will share resources and offer action steps to ensure women, and their babies, are healthy before, during, and after pregnancy.

Dr. Carla Ortique, The Women's Specialist of Houston
Dr. Carla Ortique is a Clinical Assistant Professor with Baylor College of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is currently on staff at The Women’s Specialist of Houston at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women. She has served on multiple boards and currently serves as Vice President of the Every Body Texas Board (formerly known as Women’s Health and Family Planning Association of Texas) and member of the Texas Medical Association Foundation Board. A frequent presenter on issues of Maternal Health, Dr Ortique is dedicated to ensuring health equity for African Americans and other marginalized communities, and addressing issues of reproductive justice.

Dr. Nirvana Manning, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Dr. Manning is currently an Assistant Professor at UAMS, Medical Director of Women’s Health Service Line, Director of Women’s Health Service Line, Vice-Chair of Clinical Care, and was appointed Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology in August 2020. She is a member of many professional organizations including being a member and surgical scholar of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO), member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG), Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG), Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics, the American Medical Association (AMA), and the Arkansas Medical Society (AMS) in addition to many others. Dr. Manning has championed several ongoing committees in the interest of improving women’s and families' health in Arkansas.

Dr. Yolanda Lawson, Madewell OBGYN 
Dr. Lawson is a board certified OBGYN, founder of Madewell OBGYN in Dallas, Texas, and Associate Attending at Baylor University Medical Center. Her professional time is divided between her patient practice, as Medical Director for a community based organization that addresses HIV treatment and prevention disparities in target communities as as a medical science advisor. Dr. Laweson sits on a variety of boards, committees, and speaker bureaus, including the Board of Trustees for the National Medical Association. With a focus on empowering women, she utilizes her leadership positions to advocate for women's health and the awareness and elimination of health disparities.

Program 3: Moving Health Equity Forward After COVID-19
June 2021 date to be announced.

Promoting Vaccine Confidence in Black and Latinx Communities
April 15, 2021

Presented in partnership with the National Medical Association's Region V.
During the first of three programs, experts and practitioners discussed the COVID-19 vaccine, how best to reassure patients of its safety, and ways to promote confidence among Black and Latinx communities. 

Chelsea Clinton, DPhil, MPH, Clinton Foundation 

• Dr. Dominic Mack, Morehouse School of Medicine 
• Dr. Sonja Hughes, Aetna, a CVS Health Company
• Dr. William W. “Sam” Greenfield, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 

Our expert panelists will offer practical solutions and recommend actionable steps that you can implement in your own community. Click the images below to see how you can help promote vaccine confidence.