26 Feb Enhanced Healthcare Training Opportunity: Youth and Healthcare – March 11, 2015
Wed. March 11th, 2015 from 9:00 – 11:00am
Silver Cross Hospital
Conference Room 1B
1900 Silver Cross Blvd,
New Lenox, IL 60451 [Map It]
(Free parking on site.)
During this two hour event, participants will engage in discussion and skill building surrounding ways to increase the quality, access, and utilization of healthcare services for young people. Attendees will first have the opportunity to uncover barriers they see as practitioners serving young patients and how those barriers influence young people’s access to care. During the second half of the training they will receive information and skills on ways to decrease these barriers while increasing and ensuring youth-friendliness within their practice.
This event is aimed at Pediatricians, Family Medicine practitioners, and Obstetrician Gynecologists, as well as other professionals who interface with young people in a healthcare setting or context. Participants will receive breakfast and a complimentary copy of ICAH’s Youth-Friendly Healthcare Flashcards created by our Healthcare Network.
Facilitated by Karen Scott, MD, FACOG
Karen A. Scott, MD, FACOG, Founder and Medical Director for the Young Women’s Health Initiative, is a board certified Obstetrician Gynecologist currently in community based practice at Mercy Family Health Center. Born in Nashville, Tennessee and raised with her older sisters in a single parent home, Dr. Scott learned firsthand how gender, class, race, and education influence women’s choices, life perspective, and opportunities. Dr. Scott obtained her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University. She completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, where she won the Berlex teaching award and was appointed Chief Resident. Given her personal experience and profession, Dr. Scott has long had a special interest in female adolescent healthcare and life experience and she is firmly committed to discovering ways to promote a brighter, healthier future for urban young women. This dedication led to the founding of YWHI, a Chicago-based umbrella organization that utilizes best practices to create a profound, sustainable impact on the lives of low-income girls and women ages 13-25 who reside on Chicago’s south side by improving reproductive health care services, delivery, and outcomes. In 2012, the Institute of Women Today presented her with The Sister Margaret Traxler, SSND Award, given to an accomplished and recognized leader who supports underserved populations throughout the Chicago area. Recently, the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health Board of Directors voted her to role Chair. As a direct result of YWHI, young women will choose healthier life styles and make future-focused choices regarding sexuality, pregnancy, parenting, health, education, work, and relationships, with fiscal support from the Ounce of Prevention Fund and an anonymous donor.
She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Health from Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health and collaborating with key stakeholders across disciplines to utilize the reproductive justice framework as a means to inform practices and policies to reduce disparities in sexual and reproductive health, healthcare, research, and medical education.