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Pitt, UPMC Launch New Research Center with Women’s Health Focus

PITTSBURGH, June 17, 2015 – The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and UPMC have launched the Center for Women’s Health Research and Innovation (CWHRI), a group dedicated to improving the state of women’s health by fostering innovation in research, education and clinical practice, while promoting community partnership and advocacy around health care for women.
With the goal of developing into one of the country’s leading academic women’s health research centers, CWHRI is comprised of researchers and clinicians who specialize in all aspects of women’s health care, with a special focus on underserved women.
“The center brings together experts in women’s health across the lifespan, and includes researchers focusing on adolescent health, prenatal health, menopause and end-of-life care. Our multidisciplinary lens has allowed us to have a deeper appreciation of how women’s social and cultural contexts, as well as previous life and health care experiences, influence health and health care use,” said Sonya Borrero, M.D., the center’s director and associate professor of medicine and clinical and translational science at Pitt. “This understanding has enhanced our ability to provide woman-centered care – health care that meets the needs of women in the context of their everyday lives.”

With expertise in the use of patient-centered clinical outcomes, community-based research, social science and clinical epidemiology, the center already is actively engaged in improving women’s health care by identifying barriers to treatment and developing interventions to break down those barriers, creating awareness of the importance of sex and gender issues to health care professionals, authoring key journal  publications that inform women’s health care and policy, and participating in educational forums to build community awareness around women’s health issues. 
“Our faculty currently are researching topics ranging from gestational diabetes to finding strategies to help reduce unwanted pregnancies in girls in foster care. While we want our multidisciplinary approach to improve health care for all women, we are especially interested in making an impact on women from vulnerable populations, who often are underserved,” said Dr. Borrero. 
Additional faculty include Debra L. Bogen , M.D., Judy Chang, M.D., M.P.H., Denise Charron-Prochownik, Ph.D., R.N., Molly B. Conroy, M.D., M.P.H., Esa Davis, M.D., M.P.H., Leslie Hausmann, Ph.D., Marian Jarlenski, Ph.D., Elizabeth Krans, M.D., M.Sc., Heather McCauley, Sc.D., Melissa McNeil, M.D., M.P.H. , Dara Mendez, Ph.D., M.P.H., Elizabeth Miller, M.D., Ph.D., Dana Rofey, Ph.D., Holly Thomas, M.D., M.S., Rebecca Thurston, Ph.D., and Susan Zickmund, Ph.D.

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