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AMWA Stakeholder Summit: Cardiometabolic Health and Obesity in Women

February 29 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm EST

Thursday, February 29, 2024
9:00 am – 12:30 pm

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9:00 am: Welcome 

  • Elizabeth Garner, MD, MPH – President, American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA)

9:05 am:  Opening remarks

  • Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D, IL-02)

9:15 am: Cardiometabolic Health and Obesity in Women: Why Does It Matter? (Keynote Panel) 

  • Moderator – Elizabeth Garner, MD, MPH – President, AMWA
  • Janine Clayton, MD, FARVO – Director, Office of Research on Women’s Health, NIH 
  • Monica Webb Hooper, PhD, Deputy Director, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Walter J. Koroshetz MD – Director, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Aditi Mallick, MD – Acting Director, Office of Minority Health (OMH), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) – INVITED
  • Kaveeta Vasisht, MD, PharmD – Associate Commissioner for Women’s Health, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 

10:15 am: Obesity Management in Women’s Health Across the Lifespan  

  • Moderator – Connie Newman, MD – Adjunct Professor of Medicine, NYU Grossman School of Medicine; Past President, AMWA
  • Beth Battaglino, RN – CEO, HealthyWomen
  • Tiffany Powell-Wiley, MD, MPH – Stadtman Investigator, Social Determinants of Obesity and Cardiovascular Risk, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), NIH 
  • Kathryn Schubert – President and CEO, Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR)
  • Constance J. Bohon, MD – Fellow and Legislative Committee Co-Chair, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)

11:15 am: A Patient’s Perspective 

  • Moderator – Nancy Glick, Director of Food and Nutrition Policy, National Consumers League (NCL)
  • Patty Nece – Immediate Past Chair, Obesity Action Coalition (OAC)

Stigma, Bias and Discrimination 

  • Moderator – Nancy Glick, Director of Food and Nutrition Policy, National Consumers League (NCL)
  • Michele Tedder – Senior Program Manager, Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI)

11:15 am: Congressional Insights 

  • Congresswoman Mariannette Miller-Meeks, MD (R, IA-01)

11:25 am: The Current Landscape of Obesity Policy 

  • Catherine Ferguson, MA – Vice President of Federal Advocacy, American Diabetes Association (ADA)

11:35 am: Advancing Opportunities to More Effectively Address Obesity 

  • Moderator –  Christine Gallagher, MPAff – Research Project Director, STOP Obesity Alliance, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University
  • Jeanne Blankenship, MS – Vice President, Policy Initiatives and Advocacy, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics  
  • Richele Corrado, DO, MPH – Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Uniformed Services University, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
  • Millicent Gorham, PhD (Hon), MBA, CEO, Alliance for Women’s Health and Prevention (AWHP)

12:20 pm: Closing the Gap in Obesity Care – Envisioning the Way Forward 

12:30 pm  End



February 29
9:00 am - 2:00 pm EST

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