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On March 24 at noon Central, the AMA Women Physicians Section (WPS) will sponsor a webinar exploring the connection between voting and health–and its influence on population health, socioeconomic influences and health policy.

During this special Women’s History Month event, the Honorable Donna M. Christensen, MD–the first female physician to serve in Congress and the first woman to represent the U.S. Virgin Islands–will share perspectives on how serving as a U.S. representative placed her in a position to advocate for health care issues, especially for women and minorities.

When

March 24, 2021, noon Central.

How to watch

Register today. If you have questions, please contact the Women Physicians Section.

Webinar presenter and moderator

Donna M. Christensen, MD

The Honorable Donna M. Christensen, MD, presenter, is the first female physician to serve in Congress and the first woman to represent the U.S. Virgin Islands. Dr. Christensen retired from the U.S. House of Representatives in 2015 where she served nine terms.

In the 111th, 112th and 113th Congress, Delegate Christensen served on the Committee on Energy and Commerce and on its Subcommittee on Health. She also served on Committee on Homeland Security, the Committee on Natural Resources and the Committee on Small Business. Congresswoman Christensen chaired the Congressional Black Caucus’ Health Braintrust for 16 years. The Health Braintrust platform put her at the forefront of congressional efforts to end health care disparities for minority communities and women, to fight HIV/AIDS both nationally and internationally, and to extend health insurance coverage.

Dr. Christensen practiced family medicine and served in several public health administrative positions prior to her election to Congress in 1996. She recently established the Christensen Institute for Community Health and Empowerment. Dr. Christensen is a board member of Consumers4QualityCare, American Kidney Fund, Black AIDS Institute and several other boards and institutes. She currently serves as a public health advisor to the Virgin Islands Department of Health.

Megan L. Srinivas, MD, MPH

Megan L. Srinivas, MD, MPH, moderator, is an infectious disease physician and translational health policy researcher at the University of North Carolina who resides and practices in Iowa. Her research focuses on the social determinants of health and using public policy to overcome health inequities. Most recently, she co-led a World Health Organization project advancing access to sexual and reproductive health care in resource-limited settings. She’s currently leading a NIH-funded study on how legislative defunding of family planning health centers impacts access to healthcare in rural America.

Dr. Srinivas was the first student member on the Iowa State Board of Education, appointed by Secretary (and former Governor) Tom Vilsack. Dr. Srinivas currently works with Project Echo to provide hepatitis C care via telehealth in the rural U.S. She is a national delegate to the American Medical Association where she also sits on the 12-person Council on Medical Service. 

She is a 2020 Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity, a board member of Iowa’s National Alliance for Mental Illness and currently serves on the Iowa Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission. During fall 2020, Dr. Srinivas served as the chair of President-Elect Biden’s Iowa COVID Response Council. She has been an advocate for science-based COVID policies since the start of the pandemic.

Speakers

Donna M. Christensen, MD

Donna M. Christensen, MD

Dr. Christensen, presenter, is the first female physician to serve in Congress and the first woman to represent the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Megan Srinivas, MD, MPH

Megan L. Srinivas, MD, MPH

Dr. Srinivas, moderator, is an infectious disease physician and translational health policy researcher at the University of North Carolina.

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