Closing General Session

Dying Too Soon: A Look at Women’s Health

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2:30 - 4 p.m.

Women continue to die in unacceptable rates from preventable diseases. This session will explore the issues around premature death in American women throughout the life span. In addition to the leading causes such as cardiovascular disease, deaths stemming from childbirth complications, domestic violence, and disparities between ethnic populations are significant problems. This session will feature a panel of experts on women’s health who will explore these critical issues.

Linda Goler BlountLinda Blount, MPH

Blount is the president and CEO of the Black Women's Health Imperative, an organization that seeks to positively impact black women's lives through advocacy and public policy, health education, research and leadership development. Blount formerly served as the president of WFG Equity and the national vice president of health disparities for The American Cancer Society. 


Michael LuMichael C. Lu, MD, MPH

Lu is a George Washington University professor and senior associate dean for Academic, Student & Faculty Affairs. He served as the director of the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau for the US Department of Health and Human Services between 2012 and 2017.



Cynthia LamberthCynthia Lamberth, PhDc, MPH, CPH

Lamberth is the executive director of the Kentucky Population Health Institute, whose mission is to build partnerships and collaborate with stakeholders for improved health and quality of life. 




Debra PerezDebra Pérez, PhD, MPA, MA

Pérez is Senior Vice President for Organizational Culture, Inclusion and Equity at Simmons University. She is responsible for expanding Simmons’ diversity, equity and inclusion. Pérez worked in philanthropy for 20 years to strengthen measurement, evaluation and learning. She has been a leader in advancing evidence-based practices in evaluation and building new fields of research and an advocate for transparency in philanthropy by sharing evaluation results with the public and key stakeholders.