Center of Excellence Events

CoE invites you to attend a lecture by Charlene Carruthers

February 7th , 2019
Time: 6pm-7:30pm
Location: College of Medicine West Tower –Room 227
1853 W Polk St. Chicago, IL 60612
Attendance is free of charge and requires registration

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Charlene A. Carruthers is a Black, queer feminist community organizer and writer with over 10 years of experience in racial justice, feminist and youth leadership development movement work. As the founding national director of BYP100 (Black Youth Project 100), she has worked alongside hundreds of young Black activists to build a national base of activist member-led organization of Black 18-35 year olds dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people. Her passion for developing young leaders to build capacity within marginalized communities has led her to work on immigrant rights, economic justice and civil rights campaigns nationwide. She has led grassroots and digital strategy campaigns for national organizations including the Center for Community Change, the Women’s Media Center, and National People’s Action, as well as being a member of a historic delegation of young activists in Palestine in 2015 to build solidarity between Black and Palestinian liberation movements.

CoE-MCH Brown Bag with Emily Chasco, Phd

Date: November 15th, 2018
Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm
Location: UIC SPH Room 632


Dr. Chasco will talk about her work related to the Relationship Between Combat-Related Trauma, Sexual Assault Experiences, and Veterans’ Family Building Goals and her career trajectory that led to this work.

Dr. Chasco is an Assistant Research Scientist in the Department of Internal Medicine, Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa. She currently works on projects related to infertility in Veterans, HIV telemedicine, and infection prevention. Dr. Chasco previously worked as a Qualitative Analyst with the Center for Comprehensive Access and Delivery Research and Evaluation (CADRE) at the Iowa City VA Health Care System where she brought qualitative and ethnographic methodology, and medical anthropology and health services expertise, as a member of CADRE’s Ethnographic Methods and Implementation Core (EMIC). At CADRE, she worked on interdisciplinary teams to design and implement research, quality improvement, evaluation, and implementation projects addressing a variety of health and health care issues affecting Veterans. Dr. Chasco received her PhD in Health and Behavioral Sciences from the University of Colorado Denver, where she also received her MA in Anthropology.

We will provide light refreshments. Please feel free to bring your lunch.


Her Body, Our Laws: A Lecture by Michelle Oberman

Date: March 8th, 2018
Time: 3:30-5:00
Location: UIC SPH Room 932

Michelle Oberman is the Katharine and George Alexander Professor of Law at Santa Clara University school of Law and an internationally recognized scholar on the legal and ethical issues surrounding
adolescence, pregnancy, and motherhood. She works at the intersection of public health and criminal law, focusing on domestic and international issues affecting women’s reproductive health.

During this lecture, Michelle Oberman will be discussing her book “HER BODY, OUR LAWS: On the Front Lines of the Abortion War from El Salvador to Oklahoma”. Drawing on her years of research in El Salvador—one of the few countries to ban abortion without exception—legal scholar Michelle Oberman explores what happens when abortion is a crime.

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Cosponsored by: The MidAmerica Center for Public Health Practice, UIC Planned Parenthood Generation Action, EverThrive Illinois, and the Center for Research on Women and Gender.

Pregnant and Parenting Among Incarcerated Women: From Research to Advocacy

Date: September, 27th 2017
Lecture by Dr. Rebecca Shlafer – 12:30-2:00 CST UIC SPH Auditorium.
Implementing a Prison Doula Project: Illinois Birth Justice and Next Steps for Illinois – 2:30-4:30 CST UIC SPH Gymnasium

This event will be with Dr. Rebecca Shlafer, an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent and Health at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Rebecca Shlafer’s research focuses on developmental outcomes of children with parents in prison. This research has led to the use of doulas in Minnesota prisons.

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When Women Lead, Women Win: A Conversation with Rebecca Sive

Date: October 11th, 2017
Registration and Refreshments 5:30-6:00 CST
Program and Q&A 6:00-7:15 CST
Book Signing 7:15-8:00 CST
UIC SPH Auditorium

This evening will feature a conversation with Rebecca Sive, author of Every Day is Election Day: A Woman’s Guide to Winning Any Office, from the PTA to the White House, about what it takes to win an election. Rebecca is a lecturer on women and politics at the Harris School of Public Policy at The University of Chicago. She will be drawing on her extensive experience as a women’s advocate, public official, and civic leader to speak about strategies for women to gain greater public influence and political power.

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Sexual Violence Response in Conflict and Non-conflict Settings: Challenge and Opportunities

Date: November 15th, 2017
3:30-5:30 CST UIC Room B34

Dr. Rebecca Singer teaches population health at the University of Illinois College of Nursing drawing on over a decade of experience in global health and community partnerships. In her work with humanitarian and development organizations, she focuses on responding to victims of violence, emergency preparedness and community-based cancer prevention.Formerly the Director of Healthcare Services at an interdisciplinary center for torture survivors, Dr. Singer provided intensive healthcare case management to asylum seekers and refugees. During this session she will be drawing on her recent experiences working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Contact Cindy San Miguel, Program Coordinator for the UIC Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health at