4th Annual NIH Vivian W. Pinn Symposium

Date and Time

– May 15, 2019, 04:30 PM EDT
Improving Maternal Health: Behind the Numbers

NIH Main Campus, Building 1, Wilson Hall

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Event Information

Join the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) for the 4th Annual NIH Vivian W. Pinn Symposium, titled “Improving Maternal Health: Behind the Numbers.” The symposium is free and open to the public.

Every year, a large number of women have lasting medical complications or die as a result of difficulties from pregnancy, and the United States maternal morbidity and mortality rates are now the highest among its peer countries. During this symposium, leading clinicians and researchers will provide updates on this timely public health issue, including a review of current statistics and health services research, and an overview of relevant programs sponsored by the Federal Government. In addition, speakers will discuss new approaches to improve maternal health before, during, and after pregnancy, as well as throughout a woman’s life course. Lisa M. Hollier, M.D., president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, will provide the keynote address.

Vivian W. Pinn, M.D., the first full-time director of ORWH, will deliver remarks at the meeting, which will occur during National Women’s Health Week (May 12th – 18th). Several discussion periods will provide panelists and attendees with opportunities for exchanging ideas and information on this year’s topic.

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Conference Venue

Building 1, Wilson Hall
National Institutes of Health
1 Center Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892

Building 1 is part of the NIH and is located on the main NIH campus in Bethesda, MD, approximately 5 miles from Washington D.C.

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All visitors must enter the NIH campus through the NIH Gateway Center, located adjacent to the Medical Center Metro Station at the South Drive entrance to campus from Rockville Pike / Wisconsin Avenue (Route 355). You will be asked to submit to a vehicle or personal inspection. Visitors will be required to show one (1) form of identification (a government-issued photo ID-driver's license, passport, green card, etc.) and to state the purpose of their visit.

Please note: visitor parking is limited at NIH. Visitors are encouraged to use public transportation such as the Metrorail subway system which has a convenient stop (Medical Center) on the NIH campus. Visit the "Metro" site  for information on fares and schedules. For visitors arriving in vehicles, on motorcycles or bicycles, the Gateway Vehicle Inspection Station (Building 66A), provides multiple inspection lanes and allows visitors to go through inspection and get a visitor badge in one centralized, efficient process. Vehicles enter the Gateway Center complex through a new roadway, "NIH Gateway Drive," just south of the intersection of the previous visitor entrance at South Drive and Rockville Pike. Vehicles that choose to bypass parking in MLP-11 will go through inspection and enter campus at Center Drive near the National Library of Medicine. (See Gateway Map)

Visit the NIH Visitor’s Center for more information about the NIH security process, visitor’s parking, and parking fares. 


12:00 – 1:00 p.m.      Check-in and Stakeholder Circle

1:00 – 1:05 p.m.         Welcome and Opening Remarks

                                             Samia D. Noursi, Ph.D.
                                             Associate Director, Science Policy, Planning, and Analysis, ORWH, NIH

1:05 – 1:10 p.m.         Introduction of Vivian W. Pinn, M.D.

                                             Janine Austin Clayton, M.D.
                                             Associate Director for Research on Women’s Health, NIH
                                             Director, ORWH, NIH

1:10 – 1:20 p.m.         Remarks

                                             Vivian W. Pinn, M.D.
                                             Senior Scientist Emerita, Fogarty International Center, NIH
                                             Former Director (Retired), ORWH, NIH

1:20 – 1:30 p.m.         Maternal Health: Knowing the Numbers

                                             Samia D. Noursi, Ph.D.
                                             Associate Director, Science Policy, Planning, and Analysis, ORWH, NIH

1:30 – 1:50 p.m.         Keynote Address: Progress on the Path to Better Maternal Outcomes
                                             Lisa M. Hollier, M.D.
                                             President, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

1:50 – 2:50 p.m.         Panel Discussion: Framing a Research Agenda to Advance Maternal Health Equity:
                                             From Bench to Bedside to Curbside

                                             Jacquelyn Campbell, Ph.D., RN, FAAN (Moderator)
                                             Anna D. Wolf Chair
                                             Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

                                             Joia Adele Crear-Perry, M.D., FACOG
                                             Founder and President, National Birth Equity Collaborative

                                             Lisa M. Hollier, M.D.
                                             President, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

                                             Michael C. Lu, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.
                                             Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Academic, Student, and Faculty Affairs,
                                             The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health

2:50 – 4:00 p.m.         Federal Updates on Maternal Health Activities

                                             Sarah Foster, M.P.H.
                                             Associate Director for Policy, Partnerships, and Communication, Division of Reproductive Health,
                                             Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

                                             Lynne P. Yao, M.D.
                                             Director, Division of Pediatric and Maternal Health,
                                             Office of New Drugs, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research,
                                             U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

                                             Michael D. Warren, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP
                                             Associate Administrator, Maternal and Child Health Bureau,
                                             Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

                                             Sung Sug (Sarah) Yoon, Ph.D., RN
                                             Program Director, National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), NIH

                                             Megan Mitchell, M.P.H.
                                             Deputy Referral Officer, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), NIH

4:00 – 4:30 p.m.         Closing Remarks

                                             Janine Austin Clayton, M.D.
                                             Associate Director for Research on Women’s Health, NIH
                                             Director, ORWH, NIH

                                             Stacey D. Stewart, M.B.A.
                                             President and CEO, March of Dimes


Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the event or those needing to reserve the lactation room should contact Ms. Dana Simms (dana.simms@nih.gov).