Arthur James, MD, to address equity as visiting scholar

Arthur James, MD

Arthur James, MD

The UNMC College of Public Health and other UNMC and community partners will host Arthur James, MD, as a Community Scholar in Residence April 10 through 13 to address equity in health care and birth outcomes.

On Tuesday, April 11, at noon, the College of Public Health will host Dr. James for a grand rounds presentation titled, “Birth EQUITY in Nebraska.”

View Dr. James’ grand rounds presentation here:   

His visit, supported by Magda Peck, ScD, and James Anderson, PhD, through the Catalyst Fund, also includes speeches at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 11, and at the Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12.

Dr. James is a retired obstetrician, gynecologist and pediatrician. He is a former associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology and pediatrics at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital, former co-chair of the Ohio Collaborative to Prevent Infant Mortality and former interim executive director of The Ohio State University Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity.

Keyonna King, DrPH, assistant professor at the UNMC College of Public Health and director of community engagement and outreach for Great Plains IDeA-Clinical & Translational Research, said the visit is an opportunity for local partners to advance their work on maternal and infant health issues.  

“Dr. James has dedicated his career to improving the health and wellbeing of mothers and their babies,” Dr. King said. “Black mothers and babies continue to have the highest and most disproportionate mortality rate nationally and locally; this has occurred for decades. 

“Bringing Dr. James to Omaha is a catalyzing opportunity for local partners to discuss and transform how we approach maternal and infant health outcomes in the state,” she said. “I’m hoping his visit will move the needle forward on current work and ignite new opportunities for projects, policy changes and other pivotal activities related to maternal and infant health outcomes.” 

Dr. James’ planned events in Omaha are: 

  • Tuesday, April 11, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. UNMC Department of Pediatrics’ antiracism committee and the Child Health Research Institute, “Why Don’t We Have Equity?” | Hubbard Center for Children at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, LL3 Conference Room or virtual via Zoom 
  • Tuesday, April 11, from noon to 1:30 p.m. UNMC College of Public Health Grand Rounds presentation, “Birth EQUITY in Nebraska” | Maurer Center for Public Health, Room 3013 or virtual via Zoom 
  • Wednesday, April 12, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Baby Blossoms Town Hall, “Equity in the Opportunity to Survive the First Year of Life” | Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative, 3200 N. 30th Street, Suite 200 or virtual via Zoom 

Prior to the Baby Blossoms Town Hall, the Community Engagement & Outreach Core at Great Plains IDeA-Clinical & Translational Research is sponsoring a community roundtable with local partners engaged in work around maternal and infant health. For more information on the roundtable discussion, contact Emily Frankel.

1 comment

  1. Rachel says:

    Will the 4/12 event be recorded? I would love to access it after the fact.

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