Former Indiana State Health Commissioner Judith A. Monroe, M.D., will present the annual Doris H. Merritt, M.D., Lectureship in Women’s Health. The annual event is hosted by the Indiana University National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health.
Dr. Monroe, who is the deputy director for state, tribal, local and territorial support efforts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will present “Obesity and Its Public Health Implications in Maternal Fetal Health” at 8:15 a.m. Sept. 11.
A new UK study, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), reveals that children born to obese mothers are more likely to die before the age of 55 than those born to normal weight mothers. Children born to mothers who were overweight when they became pregnant were also 10 per cent more likely to die prematurely in later life, usually from heart disease, than those born to mothers of a normal weight.
Dr. Monroe’s lecture on maternal fetal health this Wednesday will be in the Walther Hall auditorium, 980 W. Walnut St., Indianapolis, on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus. The lecture is free, but reservations are requested by calling 317-944-4080. Continuing medical education credit is available.
Dr. Monroe previously served as Indiana state health commissioner from 2005 to 2010, focusing on health promotion and prevention, preparedness, preventing medical errors and quality improvement.
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