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Labelle Lectureship: How health-care policies affect women and their families

16 Sep 2015

A renowned expert in maternal and child health will present the 24th annual Labelle Lectureship, describing how health-care policies can impact – and improve – maternal and child health and wellbeing. 

Dr. Katy Kozhimannil, Associate Professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management at the University of Minnesota, will present the lecture on
Wed, Oct. 7, 3:00-4:30 p.m. in MDCL 3020, with a reception to follow in the Farncombe Atrium on the 3rd Floor of the Health Sciences Centre. All are welcome to attend.

Kozhimannil’s research focuses on how health-care policies impact women and their families, with a particular focus on vulnerable populations. She is particularly interested in institutional and government policies affecting health-care delivery, quality, and outcomes during the perinatal period.

She also conducts research on policy impacts among special populations, including working mothers, racial and ethnic minorities, low-income women, and rural populations.

Through her policy analysis and engagement she collaborates with stakeholders in making policy change to improve the health of women and their families.

Kozhimannil has a PhD in Health Policy from Harvard University, a MPA in Public Policy and Administration from Princeton University, and a BA in International Relations and Spanish (summa cum laude) from the University of Minnesota.

She has published more than 40 papers, including 27 first-authored manuscripts or commentaries in internationally leading journals such as 
JAMA, Science, Health Affairs, American Journal of Public HealthMedical Care, and the American Journal of Managed Care.

Her work is widely cited in the literature on quality improvement in perinatal care, has been featured in media outlets such as the 
New York Times, Washington Post, National Public Radio, Wall Street Journal, US News & World Report, and the Huffington Post, and has generated policy action at local, state, and national levels.

T
he Labelle Lectureship is an annual event organized by CHEPA, the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and the Programs for Assessment of Technology in Health Research Institute. It was established in 1992 in memory of Roberta Labelle, a founding member of CHEPA who died in 1991. The annual lectureship features a health services researcher with emerging recognition and an interdisciplinary approach to research.

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