The 2024 Beatrice Renfield Lecture in Research Nursing
Maternal Health and the Effects of Inequity:
From the Individual to the Global Perspective
A Webinar Featuring Ronnie Lichtman, CNM, LM, PhD, FACNM
The Heilbrunn Family Center for Research Nursing at The Rockefeller University is pleased to present the 2024 Beatrice Renfield Lecture, a live webinar featuring Ronnie Lichtman, CNM, LM, PhD, FACNM. Dr. Lichtman is a professor and chair of the Midwifery Education Program at the State University of New York (SUNY), Downstate Health Sciences University. Dr. Lichtman is also the co-director of the midwifery component of a Kellogg Foundation-funded project in Haiti, Sustainable Villages and Living Communities.
Dr. Lichtman has published and presented widely to both professional and consumer groups on various issues relating to midwifery. Among her publications are the award-winning textbook Gynecology: Well-woman Care and a significant revision of a classic pregnancy guide for women, Dr. Guttmacher's Pregnancy, Birth & Family Planning. Her current research includes a study comparing professional outcomes between Certified Midwives and Certified Nurse-Midwives and a national study of Institutional Review Boards on attitudes and practices around gender-neutral language.
On March 26, Dr. Lichtman will explore the impact of socioeconomic disparities on maternal health outcomes. She will delve into how individual circumstances are shaped by systemic inequities and influence a woman's health during pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum. The presentation also expands the lens to a global perspective, highlighting trends and statistics illustrating the differences in maternal health across countries and regions. The presentation will conclude with future research and policy recommendations for equitable healthcare and practices to improve maternal health.
Dr. Lichtman earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from Hunter College, followed by a master's degree in midwifery and a master’s and PhD in socio-medical sciences, all from Columbia University. In addition, she completed a midwifery fellowship at SUNY Downstate.
This lecture series is made possible by the generosity of The Beatrice Renfield Foundation. It is co-hosted by The Rockefeller University's Heilbrunn Family Center for Research Nursing and the Women & Science Initiative.