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WIB-Southern California: Women’s Health – Fertility and Disparities in Reproductive Health, March 28

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On March 28, 2024, in celebration of Women’s History Month, WIB-Southern California and sponsors Knobbe Martens and Illumina hosted a fireside conversation exploring various dimensions of women’s health, particularly fertility and disparities in reproductive health.  

A diverse panel of experts, including moderator Dr. Kellie Breen Church, Associate Professor of OB/Gyn & Reproductive Sciences at UC San Diego, and panelists Dr. Tracy Harrison, Assistant Clinical Professor of OB/Gyn & Reproductive Sciences at UC San Diego, and Dr. H. Irene Su, Professor of OB/Gyn & Reproductive Sciences at UC San Diego, discussed new approaches, technologies, and challenges in the field.

Key Points Discussed:

  • Multifaceted Approach: The panel emphasized the importance of considering social, biological, and environmental factors in providing comprehensive care to patients seeking to build families. They highlighted the passion for embracing new technologies to advance women’s health.
  • Healthcare Barriers: Health insurance literacy emerged as a significant barrier impacting women’s access to care. The panel called for increased efforts to address this issue, including securing more funding for women’s health research through grants.
  • Investment in Women’s Health: There was a consensus on the need for greater investment in women’s health, including enhanced training and funding for comprehensive healthcare services. The aim is to make healthcare more accessible and comprehensive, putting more resources at patients’ fingertips.
  • Empowerment Through Advocacy: Patient advocacy, tools, and open conversations were highlighted as crucial in empowering and educating women on their health journey. The discussion aimed to debunk myths and provide accurate information about women’s health and fertility.
  • Socioeconomic Impact: The panel acknowledged the socioeconomic factors affecting access to care and emphasized the need for improvements in this area.
  • Global Collaboration in Research: Irene Su highlighted ongoing efforts to collaborate globally with doctors and scientists to drive forward new research initiatives in women’s health.
  • Youthful Inspiration: The panel expressed optimism about the younger generation’s commitment to advancing women’s health. They praised their drive, acceptance, and openness to new ideas.

The event provided insights into the complexities of women’s health, particularly fertility and disparities in reproductive health. By addressing barriers, advocating for change, and fostering collaboration, the panelists envision a future where women have better access to comprehensive healthcare and accurate information, empowering them to make informed decisions about their health.

Submitted by Toyna Chin

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