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
|9:15 – 9:45 AM
|9:45 – 10:45 AM
||Poster Session and Refreshments
|10:45 – 11:15 AM
|11:15 – 12:00 PM
|12:00 – 12:15 PM
|12:15 – 12:30
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
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, 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, 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-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
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
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.