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CE Workshop: Maternal Health Disparities and Mortality Trends in African-American Women
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When: Saturday, February 29, 2020
11:00am - 12:00pm
Where: GPA Office
13 Corporate Blvd. NE
Suite 220
Atlanta, Georgia  30329
United States
Presenter: Linda Harvey, MD
Contact: Dr. Speshal Walker
(404) 634-6272

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A Discussion on Maternal Mortality Trends in African-American Women


Free Workshop from GPA's Diversity Directorate Offering 1 CE Credit


Workshop Description: This presentation investigates the current alarming trend of deaths in African-American women either during pregnancy, around the time of child delivery, or sometime thereafter, including the statistics of such, the suspected causes, and successful methods of decreasing this trend.  Issues of healthcare bias that have contributed to this trend and methods to reduce this form of bias are discussed in detail as well. (Introductory)


Learning Objectives: 

  1. Participants will be able to describe the current statistical trends regarding African-American maternal mortality.
  2. Participants will be able to summarize the various contributing factors to this trend.
  3. Participants will be able to discuss methods to decrease this trend, particularly interventions that might be effective in clinical work with individuals. 


Presenter: Linda Harvey, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist who obtained her Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Arkansas College of Medicine in Little Rock, Arkansas.  She then received her Psychiatry residency training at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia.   She has extensive experience in community mental health where she has served as the team psychiatrist for a local Assertive Community Treatment team and as the Associate Clinical Director of the Admissions unit in Georgia’s largest state psychiatric hospital, Georgia Regional Hospital of Atlanta.  In 2011, she earned board certification in General Adult Psychiatry from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

In 2014, Dr. Harvey joined The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the consultant psychiatrist for the Immigrant, Refugee, and Migrant Health Branch under the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine.  She additionally serves United States military veterans as a staff psychiatrist at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where she also sits on the diversity education committee for the Atlanta VA’s mental health service line.  Dr. Harvey is an assistant clinical professor to medical students and resident physicians with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at both Morehouse School of Medicine and Emory University School of Medicine.  She has contributed to the Clinical Competence Committee for resident physicians at Morehouse and is currently a member of the Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Minority subcommittee at Emory.  In 2016, she was recognized by her peers within the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and awarded fellow status—an honor indicative of her dedication to the work of the APA and of her allegiance to the profession of Psychiatry.  Her career interests are in community mental health, eliminating health disparities, and veterans’ mental health.