2022 Family Medicine Midwest Main Stage Plenaries

Friday, October 7th - 1:15 PM
Using Lifestyle Medicine to Combat Health Inequities

Christina Wells, MD, MPH, FAAFP , Ecler Jaqua MD, MBA, DipABLM, DipABOM, FAAFP, Lakshman Mulpuri, MD, & Janet Nwaukoni, DO

Learning objectives
• Understand the role of lifestyle in chronic disease development.
• Determine the role of social determinants of health in chronic disease development.
• Demonstrate how principles of lifestyle medicine can be utilized to address social determinants of health and health inequities


Saturday, October 8th - 12:30 PM
An Indigenous Approach to Increasing the Numbers of Indigenous Health Care Providers

Presented by:
Mary J. Owen, MD
Director, Center of American Indian and Minority Health
University of Minnesota Medical School
Member of the Tlingit Nation

Indigenous people in the United States (and globally) are grossly underrepresented in the health professions. Further, despite increasing population size and representation in other professions, we have not improved our numbers of applicants to medical schools in decades. Reasons for the intractable shortages are numerous but, as in medicine, are due primarily to social determinants and their deep systemic roots in education. Efforts to date have largely been "traditional" western models. Improving Indigenous student graduation rates at all education levels and increasing the numbers of applicants to medical school requires a new approach, an approach that is led by Indigenous people expressing Indigenous values. This talk will cover national efforts to put Indigenous people and Indigenous values in the forefront of movements to improve Indigenous education and health outcomes.

Learning objectives:
• State the current underrepresentation of and need for Indigenous providers in all health professions
• Understand the impacts of social determinants of education and health on Indigenous education outcomes
• Examine "traditional" approaches to increasing Indigenous representation in medicine
• Understand how Indigenous values can reshape approaches to increasing Indigenous representation in all health professions


Sunday October 9 - 9:05 AM
Finding the Well for Better Maternity Care

Presented by:
Safiya McNeese-Ruffin, MD
Associate Program Director and Director of Obstetrics and Women’s Health
SIU-Alton Family Medicine Residency
AAFP Health Equity Fellow

Maternity/Infant Morbidity and Mortality continue to be areas of great concern, disproportionately affecting vulnerable populations, despite conventional medical interventions. In Illinois counties along the Mississippi River such as St. Clair and Madison there are maternity deserts where maternity care is limited or absent, either because of lack of services or barriers to a woman’s ability to access care. Through innovative ideas and creative practices medical practitioners must aggressively address the inequities in Mother/Child wellness to improve the overall health and vitality of our communities.

Learning Objectives:
• Define and Briefly Explore the Concept of Health Equity
• Define Maternity Deserts
• Highlight the state of affairs in Southern Illinois, Specifically Madison and St. Clair Counties
• Introduce a Quality Improvement Initiative, WOMBSS