Five projects earn funds to support research and programs in women’s health

January 21, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees
This year’s winners.

In 2018, Michigan Medicine launched the Women’s Health Leadership Board. The board, under the leadership of Dee Fenner, M.D., is made up of about 30 passionate advocates and donors for women’s health. 

One of the board’s goals is to help raise funds for the Women’s Health Innovation Fund, which is designed to support research and unique programs in women’s health. The funds are disseminated annually through a peer-review competition program.

Last month, five projects were selected during a Shark-Tank style event (from among 20 applicants).

The winners — and their projects — were:

  • Sarah Compton, M.D: Changes in unmet need and consistent contraception-use patterns after Planned Parenthood of Michigan lost Title X Funding 
  • Susan Ernst, M.D.: Self-testing to improve cervical cancer screening for women with disabilities
  • Courtney Townsel, M.D.: The Natasure Device: A novel, non-invasive approach to reduce preterm birth
  • Emma Lawrence, M.D.: The Patient Perspective on Preeclampsia: An Analysis of Attitudes, Knowledge and Experiences of Postpartum Woman in Ghana
  • Melisa Scott, C.N.M.: The Centering Pregnancy program

In total, $80,000 was given out among the five finalists.

Click here to watch a video of the event!