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Reflecting on a Year of Women’s Health with AMWA 2023-2024 President Dr. Elizabeth Garner

Dr. Beth Garner began her presidency in March of 2023 with a vision for AMWA’s role in advancing the health of women. And what a year it has been. Within the community of women’s health advocates, our voice has had a unique perspective as both women and healthcare practitioners. This dual perspective has been a guiding light in all of our work in AMWA, particularly our ongoing advocacy in women’s health and sex and gender specific healthcare. Dr. Garner spoke at a number of key events over the past year:

  • Innovation Equity Forum, a collaboration between the Gates Foundation and the NIH. Dr. Garner co-lead the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Subcommittee whose work helped lead to the publication of the opportunity map.
  • Reproductive Health Innovation Summit to speak on the topic of innovation and investing.
  • 10th Annual Advancing Women’s Leadership in Pharma & Healthcare Conference. In her keynote: Women at the Highest Levels – Why Aren’t We There Yet? Dr. Garner highlighted the need for more women in senior leadership levels who would be empowered to address pay equity, workplace culture, and women’s health.
  • NIH workshop on Innovative Approaches to Improve Maternal Health. Dr. Garner spoke on Navigating the Regulatory Path for Maternal Health Solutions.
  • Roundtable hosted by Women’s Health Access Matters (WHAM) during the launch of the 3 Not 30 Campaign.
  • TechTour Growth Health 2023 on FemTech: Does It Make Healthcare More Inclusive?
  • Women’s Health Innovation Summit (Sept. 2023) on Building a New Framework Specifically for Women: Promoting Health Equity through a Holistic System
  • Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference on “MOMMAs in Action: Addressing the Maternal Mortality Crisis”
  • 2023 New Jersey Women Business Leaders Forum on Women at the Highest Levels-Why Aren’t We There Yet. Dr. Garner spoke of the need for more women in decision-making positions to address pay equity, workplace culture and women’s health.
  • American Association for Physician Leadership 2023 Fall Institute Keynote: Women at the Highest Levels-Why Aren’t We There Yet?
  • American Society of Reproductive Medicine Annual Meeting on Diversity and Health Equity Challenges in Healthcare

Summary: Focus on equity and access for infertility treatment and IVF, DEI for fertility healthcare providers and trainees and for non-medical professionals in healthcare, importance of clinical trial diversity.

  • Illuminators Series: Life Sciences Visionaries Sharing Expertise and Women’s Health Breakfast Roundtable
  • Reuters Pharma & Patient USA 2023: Opening Keynote Panelist–Get products to patients quicker – Navigate the new patient-driven regulatory and access landscape.
  • WHAM (Women’s Health Access Matters)-3Not30: Accelerating Research and Investment in the Health of Women and Beyond Boundaries: How Diversity and Equity Shape Clinical Trials
  • 6th Annual Connors Center Research Symposium-Harvard Medical School Keynote Speaker–Revolutionizing Women’s Health: Uniting Stakeholders to Bridge the Gaps in Therapeutic Investment and Innovation
  • Women of Color as Leaders Panel–Breaking Barries—Time With Our She’roes
  • BioNJ Inspiring Women in STEM Conference: Empowering Brilliance and Resilience for Long-Term Success PanelistAdvancing Health Equity/Women’s Health

In addition, Dr. Garner was recognized as one of the 2023 PharmaVoice 100 Leaders. We look forward to working with Dr. Garner as immediate past president of AMWA.

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