Featuring: Melissa A. Simon, MD, MPH
In this episode of the Better Edge podcast, Melissa A. Simon, MD, MPH, vice chair for research in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and director of the Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM) and Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET), discusses the importance of access to quality health care for all patients, regardless of their gender, ethnicity or socioeconomic status. She shares how the CHET is promoting health equity and health justice, and the impact this initiative has on our communities.
Dr. Simon was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in October of 2021 for her work, which aims to promote health equity and eliminate health disparities for underserved communities as well as improve access to preventive care and cancer treatment for low-income women. A primary focus of her work is creating health interventions that reduce and eliminate these disparities through integrating health services research with social epidemiologic models.
“There are few people from backgrounds and places like myself who achieve such an honor, and I pledge to amplify payment of it forward by remaining relentless in my pursuit to eradicate health inequities and to continue on my resolve to open pathways for more diverse persons in healthcare and science,” Simon said.
Read further about Melissa A. Simon, MD, MPH election to the National Academy of medicine here.
Melissa A. Simon, MD, MPH is the vice chair for research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and director of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM) Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET).
Dr. Simon's primary research interests are aimed at promoting health equity and eliminating health disparities among low income, medically underserved women across the lifespan. Integrating health services research with social epidemiologic models, Dr. Simon's research focuses on interventions (such as patient navigation and community health outreach workers) that aim to reduce and eliminate such disparities.
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