Academics & Research

Health Equity & Inclusion

Community Read



Join us each month as we read and discuss Battling Over Birth: Black Women and the Maternal Health Care Crisis(Available on Amazon | Official Site) in the Lower Level Bays 3-5 of the Eccles Health Sciences Library and will take place from 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Sessions are free and open to the public but registration required for accurate lunch count. If you are unable to register ahead of time, bring a lunch and please still join us. RSVP/Registration closes 24 hours prior to the event.

CME credit is available for this series, as is attendance credit for Nursing and Dental faculty.

To gain access to reading materials and other resources relating to Battling Over Birth, visit

Program Contact: Jen Wilson, Programs Manager


battling over birth, black women and the maternal health care crisis. Every fourth tuesday at noon in the Eccles Health Sciences Library lower level Bays three through five.



January 28

Chapters 1-4

Facilitator: Amir Lueth

February 25

Chapters 5-6

Facilitator: Dr. Tiana Rogers

March 24 - CANCELLED

Chapter 7

Facilitator: SUSANNA COHEN

April 28 - CANCELLED

Chapters 8-9

Facilitator: TBA


Facilitator Bios

Amir Lueth is a Population Health Sciences PhD student with an emphasis in Clinical and Translational Epidemiology. Her academic training are primarily in perinatal epidemiology, reproductive epidemiology and proteomic epidemiology. Her current research interests involve uncovering and understanding disparities in birth outcomes. Her focus is primarily on discovering risk factors in high-risk pregnancies that lead to adverse outcomes for both mother and fetus. She specifically focuses on biomarkers that tip the fetus into distress stages during pregnancy, such as, stillbirth, small for gestational age, macrosomia, preeclampsia, preterm birth and placental insufficiencies.

Tiana N. Rogers, Ph.D. currently serves as Program Manager for Sorenson Impact Center’s Data, Policy, and Performance Innovation team. She works on a variety of portfolios using data to inform government and not-for-profit entities with capacity building in various areas. Her career has focused on conducting research and serving as a field expert in the areas of homelessness, child welfare & maltreatment, juvenile justice, public policy, and racial disparities. In addition to being a published author with teaching experience, Dr. Rogers has also consulted with national and international social service organizations on program evaluation and development.

Susanna R. Cohen, MSN, DNP, CNM, FAAN, is a Certified Nurse Midwife, Associate Professor at the University of Utah College of Nursing, lead designer at the LIFT Simulation Design Lab and co-founder of the non-profit PRONTO International. She received a BS at the UC Davis, an RN and MSN at the UCSF, and a DNP at the University of Utah. The LIFT Lab collaborates on projects aimed at improving maternal healthcare including addressing racial bias, microaggressions, and interprofessional teamwork and communication. Her team has worked on implementation research in low-resource settings which has changed health policy and improved birth outcomes and the quality of care in multiple nations. 


CME credit is available for this series

DISCLOSURE: Neither the speaker(s), planner(s), nor anyone else in control of the content for Community Reads has any financial relationship with commercial products or services.

ACCME Accredited

ACCREDITATION: The University of Utah School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit: The University of Utah School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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