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Your Environment. Your Health.

Speaker Presentation Videos

Environmental Impacts on Women’s Health Disparities and Reproductive Health

Welcome and Session 1: Disparities in Maternal and Women’s Health Outcomes by Race and Ethnicity

Trevor Archer, Ph.D., Deputy Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS); NIH Distinguished Investigator

Session Moderators: Quaker Harmon, M.D., Ph.D., and Janet Hall, M.D., M.S., NIEHS

“Most Shocking and Inhumane”: Health Disparities in Reproductive Health
Erica Marsh, M.D., M.S.C.I., Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Michigan

Racial Disparities and Preterm Birth: Elucidation of the Problem and Identification of Potential Solutions
Tracy Manuck, M.D., M.S.C.I., University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

A Practical Approach to EleVATE Equity in Reproductive Health
Ebony B. Carter, M.D., M.P.H., Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis

Session 2: Indicators and Measures of Structural Racism as Risk Factors of Maternal and Child Health

Session Moderators: Abee Boyles, Ph.D., and Chandra Jackson, Ph.D., M.S., NIEHS

Measures of Structural Racism and their Association with Reproductive Health Inequities
Maeve Wallace, Ph.D., M.P.H., Tulane University, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

The Intersection of Environmental Justice and Women’s Health: A Translational Epidemiologic Approach to Improve Health Equity
Tamarra James-Todd, Ph.D., M.P.H., Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University

Social-Structural Determinants of Environmental Exposures and Uterine Fibroid Outcomes Among Systematically Marginalized Populations
Ami Zota, Sc.D., M.S., George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health

Session 3: Beyond Race and Gender: An Intersectional Perspective on Environmental Exposures and Reproductive Health

Session Moderators: Melissa Smarr, Ph.D., Vicki Sutherland, Ph.D., and Francesco DeMayo, Ph.D., NIEHS, and Laura Thomas, Ph.D., National Institute of Mental Health

The MIEHR Center: Unraveling Environmental Health Disparities Among Mothers and Their Children
Elaine Symanski, Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine

Communities’ Observations to Inform Environmental Health Research in Northeastern British Columbia, Canada
Élyse Caron-Beaudoin, Ph.D., University of Toronto Scarborough

Investigating the Interplay between Environmental and Social Stressors on Maternal Reproductive Health
Carrie Breton, Sc.D., Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Environmental Exposures and Reproductive Health Outcomes – What Do We Know and What Do We Need to Know?
Michael Bloom, Ph.D., George Mason University

Session 4: Modeling Environmental Health Disparities: What’s a Bench Scientist to Do?

Session Moderators: Sue Fenton, Ph.D., and Carmen Williams, M.D., Ph.D., NIEHS

Context Matters: The Disconnect Between Animal Models and the Complexity of the Human Environment
Deborah Cory-Slechta, Ph.D., University of Rochester Medical School

Linking Adverse Childhood Experiences and Weight Gain in Women: Insights from a Mouse Model of Postnatal Neglect
Analia Loria, Ph.D., University of Kentucky College of Medicine

Discussants: Vicki Sutherland, Ph.D., Alison Motsinger-Reif, Ph.D., and Kathy Laber, D.V.M., NIEHS; and Folami Ideraabdullah, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Closing Remarks and Word Cloud
Melissa Smarr, Ph.D., NIEHS

Workshop Day Two: Thursday, April 28, 2022

Welcome and Session 5: Students in STEM: Voices of NIEHS Scholars

Darlene Dixon, D.V.M., Ph.D., NIEHS

Session Moderators:
Suchandra Bhattacharjee, Ph.D., and John Schelp, M.P.A., NIEHS

NIEHS Scholars Connect Program Student Presentations By:
Ameena Hester, Jessica Wu, J’ya Hunter, Tanae Lewis, and Violet Evans

Session 6: Community-Engaged Research: Building Authentic Partnerships in Disproportionately Impacted Communities

Session Moderators: Sara Amolegbe, M.S.P.H., and Rosemary Moody, M.P.P., NIEHS

Community Engagement in Women’s Environmental Public Health in Puerto Rico: PROTECT Responde
Carmen Milagros Velez Vega, Ph.D., M.S.W., University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus
Maria Isabel Santana, PROTECT

Abandoning Exclusivity for Authentic Collaborations with Communities
Tanya Khemet Taiwo, Ph.D., M.P.H., C.P.M., University of California Davis, Environmental Health Sciences Center
Janette Robinson Flint, Black Women for Wellness, Los Angeles

Creating Authentic Partnerships between the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health (CCCEH) and Community Youth
Julie Herbstman, Ph.D., Sc.M., Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health
Yesibel Pimentel and Quincy L. Wise, Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health (CCCEH)

Discussion Moderators: Liam O’Fallon, M.A., Sara Amolegbe, M.S.P.H., and Rosemary Moody, M.P.P., NIEHS

Session 7: Identifying Gaps and Next Steps in Environmental Health Disparities and Women’s Reproductive Health Research and Closing Remarks

Session Moderators: Darlene Dixon, D.V.M., Ph.D., and Bill Jirles, M.P.H., NIEHS


  • Regine Douthard, M.D., M.P.H., Office of Research on Women’s Health, NIH
  • Karen Parker, Ph.D., M.S.W., Sexual & Gender Minority Research Office, NIH
  • Devon Payne-Sturges, Dr.P.H., M.P.H., University of Maryland School of Public Health
  • Checo Rorie, Ph.D., North Carolina A&T State University
  • ClarLynda Williams-DeVane, Ph.D., North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health
  • Tracey Woodruff, Ph.D., M.P.H., University of California, San Francisco
  • Tanya Khemet Taiwo, Ph.D., M.P.H., C.P.M., University of California, Davis, Environmental Health Sciences Center

Closing Remarks

Gwen Collman, Ph.D., Senior Advisor to the Director, and Darlene Dixon, D.V.M., Ph.D., NIEHS

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