Celebrating Women’s History Month: Dr. Rahel Nardos & Other Highlights

This month, the University of Minnesota Medical School is shining extra light on the women of the past, present and future whose vision and passion positively impacts the field of medicine every day. 

Rahel NardosOne of those women is Rahel Nardos, MD, MCR, who joined the Medical School last year as an associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health. She is a urogynecologist and serves as director for Global Women's Health for the U of M Office of Academic Clinical Affairs’ Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility (CGHSR). Dr Nardos is a humble collaborator focused on elevating the health of women in underserved communities. Driven to make a meaningful difference by leveraging her unique worldview and life experience as an immigrant, she harnesses the collective wisdom and passion of both local and global communities so that quality and affordable healthcare is accessible to every woman, irrespective of the lottery of her birthplace.

Dr. Nardos discusses the state of maternal health globally using obstetric fistula as a window into the vast inequities in maternal outcomes at this month’s Medical School Dean’s Lecture Series “Obstetric Fistula: A Window into Disparities in Women's Health and A Call for Reimagining Global Health Engagements” (watch recording). She highlights the structural and social determinants of disparities in maternal health and puts forth a call-to-action for meaningful and impactful engagement.

Keep celebrating Women’s History Month

Learn about women leading their fields in the past and present

Read about Ruth Boynton, a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School and pioneer for student and community health.

Join NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) for a panel March 24, 2021, from 1-2 p.m. as they honor Women’s History Month by celebrating the work of trailblazing women psychiatrists from Minnesota. Learn more and register.

International Women's Day webinar series: Gender, COVID-19, and Human Rights

The Global State of Reproductive Health: Examining the Intersection of Health Equity, Politics, and COVID-19 | Watch recording

Stopping Femicide: COVID-19 Brings Renewed Global Urgency | Watch recording

Join the conversation on social media

The Center for Women in Medicine and Science (CWIMS) and the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility (CGHSR) created a video to celebrate International Women’s Day 2021 on March 8. Check out their #ChooseToChallenge video* and join the pledge to challenge inequality, call out bias, question stereotypes and help forge an inclusive world by striking the #ChooseToChallenge pose on social media.

*Please note: To view the video, you must be logged in to your UMN account. If you see a grey box with “Error: No source video was found”, please navigate to the top right corner in the red banner where it should say “Guest”. Click this, and it will open a button to “Login”. This will take you to the standard UMN log-in page, and once you have signed in, you should be returned to the video page, which should now work. If you run into any further issues, please reach out to us at cwims@umn.edu.

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