Roundtable Discussion: Maternal Health Disparities
Join our March roundtable discussion to learn from local experts about how science can inform policy interventions related to maternal health disparities in Missouri. Our discussion will center around maternal mortality in Missouri and its relationship to health and environmental policy.
Meet the Panelists
Lora Gulley, MSW - Director of Community Mobilization and Advocacy, Generate Health STL
Mrs. Gulley has extensive experience building broad-based, community collaborations and support for the needs of women, children and families affected by health inequities. Mrs. Gulley has a diverse blend of designing and implementing community engagement efforts that center community voice and builds peer leadership capacity to accelerate equitable decision-making and systemic community change. Mrs. Gulley coordinates a community-led regional, multi-sector health initiative striving to achieve zero racial disparities in infant mortality and maternal health. She most notably led a community ‘Call to Action’ effort to address deplorable housing conditions of low-income families in one of the largest housing complexes in the City of St. Louis. Mrs. Gulley’s resolve helped unite advocates to hold leaders accountable for improving housing conditions and policies. Mrs. Gulley currently champions a statewide coalition advocating for policies intended to reduce racial disparities in maternal health. Mrs. Gulley has a strong commitment to her community serving on the St. Louis County Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, teaching as Adjunct Faculty at Maryville University and Washington University-Brown School of Social Work and coaching girls’ basketball. Mrs. Gulley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology/Sociology from Peru State College and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Mrs. Gulley is married 23 years to entrepreneur, Corey Gulley and mom to two young men, Chandler (20) and Caden (16).
Ally Siegler, MPH- Health Policy Strategist, Missouri Foundation for Health
Ally is a health policy and public health professional trained in policy analysis, program evaluation, research, and coalition building as a means toward achieving health equity across the state of Missouri. Ally has a Master of Public Health from Saint Louis University (2020) and an BS in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Alabama (2017). Ally previously worked on policy and program evaluation efforts for non-profits in the St. Louis region. At MFH, Ally works to guide strategic investments to improve health and social safety net systems and programs in Missouri.
Karen Harbert, MPH- Lead Maternal-Child Health Epidemiologist, Missouri Dept. of Health & Senior Services
Karen Harbert is the Lead Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Epidemiologist at the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS). Her work includes serving as the lead epidemiologist for the state Maternal Child Health Block Grant (Title V) and the state maternal mortality review committee. She also works as the Project Director for the Missouri Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS), a surveillance survey for data on pregnancy, postpartum, and infant health. Karen graduated with her Master of Public Health (MPH) from University of Missouri - Columbia in 2010 and also worked as a contractor for the Department of Homeland Security’s National Biosurveillance Integration Center in Washington, DC prior to joining DHSS.