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Learn about this year's schedule, speakers and our location and parking. 

The 2020 Women's Health Research Forum will be held at the USC Alumni Center (900 Senate Street, Columbia, SC) on Friday, March 6, 2020.


Schedule of Events 


7:30 - 8:00 AM Registration and Breakfast
8:00 - 8:15 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks
8:15 – 9:15 AM Keynote Presentation
9:15 – 9:45 AM Resident Presentations
9:45 – 10:45 AM Poster Session and Refreshments 
10:45 – 11:15 AM Resident Presentations
11:15 – 12:00 PM Panel
12:00 – 12:15 PM Award Ceremony
12:15 – 12:30 Closing Remarks



Virginia White

Virginia Berry White, LMSW

Virginia Berry White serves as the Director of Family Solutions for SCORH. Virginia manages and leads all strategies and objectives related to Family Solutions, including the federally funded Healthy Start grant. She has been with SCORH since 1998. Under Virginia’s leadership, the Low Country Healthy Start received the Outstanding Community Health Project Award from the SC Rural Health Association.  Virginia has served on boards for the SC Perinatal Regional Association, the SC Perinatal Association, the National Association of Social Workers, the Orangeburg Health Improvement Council, and the March of Dimes Program Service Committee.  Prior to joining SCORH, Virginia served as a Maternal Child Health Coordinator for the Resource Mothers Program with the Department of Health and Environmental Control. She managed a team of indigenous community workers and provided psychosocial assessments to pregnant teens. During this time, she received the District Social Worker of the Year Award.

Beth Sundstrom

Beth Sundstrom, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Beth Sundstrom, Ph.D., M.P.H. is an associate professor of communication and public health at the College of Charleston, South Carolina where she is the Director of the Women’s Health Research Team (WHRT), a member of the graduate faculty, and a faculty affiliate in the Women’s & Gender Studies program. Dr. Sundstrom holds an adjunct assistant professor appointment at the Brown University School of Public Health and the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and serves as a faculty affiliate in the Cancer Control Program at Hollings Cancer Center (HCC). Dr. Sundstrom conducts applied research that bridges the gap between theory and practice, informing the development of community-based public health interventions and communication campaigns. She is a Fulbright Scholar and leading expert on health communication, social marketing, and women’s reproductive health. Dr. Sundstrom is the author of Reproductive Justice and Women’s Voices: Health Communication across the Lifespan (2015) and the forthcoming Birth Control: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press) along with more than 40 peer-reviewed journal articles.

Angie Olawsky

Angie Olawsky, RN, MPH, CPM

Angie Olawsky is the Deputy Director of Programs and Operations for the Choose Well initiative.  Choose Well is a contraceptive access initiative led by the New Morning Foundation. Prior to her work with the foundation, Angie was the State Director of Public Health Nursing at the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.  Angie has a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Clemson University and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of South Carolina.

Olabisi Badmus

Olabisi Badmus, MD, Panel Member

Olabisi Badmus, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. She currently serves as the Program Director for the Prisma Health/USC School of Medicine General Preventive Medicine/Public Health Residency Program. Prior to her appointment to the University of South Carolina SOM, Dr. Badmus served as a medical epidemiologist in various leadership roles within public health practice at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene followed by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control in the Division of Acute Disease Epidemiology.  Dr. Badmus completed her medical and clinical training at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, University of Chicago, and Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia.  Her special interests are women's health, population health, addressing health disparities and social determinants of health, and graduate medical education.

Ana Lopez

Ana Lopez-De Fede, PhD, Panel Member

Dr. Ana Lòpez-De Fede is Research Professor and Associate Director of the University of South Carolina’s Institute for Families in Society (IFS). Dr. Lòpez-De Fede currently directs a wide body of  interdisciplinary research dedicated to exploring the links and geospatial intersections between health, health service delivery systems, place, and well-being.  Among her activities, she is currently Co-Chair of the SC Birth Outcomes Initiative (BOI) Data Committee and, with the team at IFS, works with linked data sets for all SC payers in support for the evaluation and policy formulation efforts of  this initiative.  Dr. Lòpez-De Fede was a 2013 Nominee, White House Champion of Change for Public Health and Prevention, Secretary of Health and Human and Human Services, as well as recipient of the University of South Carolina 2014 Breakthrough Leadership in Research Award.


Parking and Location 

The University of South Carolina Alumni Center (My Carolina) is located at Lincoln and Senate Streets in the Vista district. The physical address is 900 Senate Street, Columbia, SC 29201.  

A limited number of metered parking spaces may be available near the Alumni Center.

The closest parking is available in two garages managed by the City of Columbia.  These garages have cashiered hourly parking. Typical parking rates are $1.00 - first half-hour and second half hour and $1 for every additional hour.

Park Street Garage

View map to Park Street Garage [pdf]

The USC Alumni Center is adjacent to the Park Street Garage located on Park and Pendleton Streets.  Parking in this garage is subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed by the USC Alumni Center. Look for the entrance to My Carolina on the 2nd floor.

Lincoln Street Garage

View map to Lincoln Street Garage [pdf]

Overflow parking is available in the Lincoln Street parking garage located two blocks from the Alumni Center.  Entrances to My Carolina are located on Senate Street.

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