About the Episode

Allison Bryant, MD, MPH, is a maternal-fetal medicine specialist in the OB/GYN Department at Mass General, where she spends her days caring for women with high-risk pregnancies. She is also a strong advocate for improving not just safety and quality of care at Mass General, but also the equity of care. Dr. Bryant explains how we might go about improving equity in health care and why it’s important for us all to examine our own biases.

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Allison Bryant, MD, MPH: Why Quality Care Means Equitable Care

In her work, Allison Bryant, MD, MPH, explores disparities in obstetric care and outcomes in low-income and minority women, including those in unintended pregnancy, interconception care and birth spacing, uptake of prenatal screening and testing and cesarean delivery.

Dr. Bryant received degrees in biology, public health and medicine from Harvard University, where she also completed her training in obstetrics and gynecology and fellowships in maternal/fetal medicine and minority health policy.

She spent five years as faculty at the University of California, San Francisco and served on the advisory board of California’s Black Infant Health Program and the San Francisco Department of Health Women’s Health Advisory Board. She returned to Mass General in 2010 where she is now the vice chair for quality, equity and safety in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In that capacity, she works toward equitable care and outcomes for all patients.

She currently works with several regional and national women’s health and equity improvement efforts, such as the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Perinatal Advisory Committee and Maternal Mortality Review Committees, ACOG’s Committee on Obstetric Practice and the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine’s Disparities and Workforce Diversity Task Force.

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