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The Upstream Approach to Healthcare Lecture Series: How History Shaped Maternal Health Outcomes

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Please join the Upstream Initiative for an eye-opening conversation about the historical context behind today's maternal health outcomes and disparities by Lastascia Coleman, MSN, ARNP, FACNM. We kindly ask that you register for this event in advance at:



Lastascia Coleman CNM, MSN, ARNP, FACNM is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa. She attended the University of Iowa and obtained a BS in Psychology and a Master’s in Nursing and Healthcare Practice. She completed her Nurse-Midwifery education at the University of Illinois-Chicago. In her role as a Clinical Assistant Professor, she provides patient care and teaches medical students and residents in OBGYN. She is the founding chair of the Black Women’s Maternal Health Collective, a community engagement organization for Black birthing people. She is a co-investigator on HRSA 19-107 Innovations in Maternity Care grant, where she is initiating a CNM education program in Iowa. She also serves on the Maternal Mortality Review Board for the state of Iowa. She works with the Iowa Department of Public Health on the Medicaid Maternal Taskforce, the Title V Doula Project, and the National Academy of State Health Policy Maternal Child Policy Academy. She is a PhD candidate in the University of Iowa College of Public Health in the department of Health Management and Policy. In 2021, she was inducted into the Fellows of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, selected for the Corridor Business Journal 40 Under 40 and chosen to join the fifth cohort of the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Research Scholars program.

The UIHC Upstream Initiative is proud to host Ms. Coleman and invites everyone interested to join the Upstream Initiative through volunteering and spreading awareness. The Upstream Initiative is an interdisciplinary group of graduate health professions students, nursing students, undergraduate students, and faculty who volunteer and support the High-Risk Obstetrics Clinic at UIHC by connecting patients with resources in their hometown to combat food insecurity and transportation needs. The Upstream Initiative is also growing to support other clinics and community partners such as the Coralville Food Pantry and Mobile Clinic. To learn more about the Upstream Initiative at Iowa, visit : https://medicine.uiowa.edu/md/upstream-initiative

Special thank you to the Graduate and Professional Student Government for support in hosting this event. 

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Maddie Huinker in advance at (319)631-9102 or madelyn-huinker@uiowa.edu