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The Stanford Maternal and Child Health Research Institute Seminar Series: David Rehkopf | Stephanie Leonard

Data for social policy recommendations to improve child health and development

The Stanford Center for Population Health Sciences obtains, curates, and shares high value data for studying both social policy and clinical impacts on child health and development. The presentation will give a brief overview of some of the data sources currently available, and then highlight several examples of work on child health and development using the types of data sources that we support analysis on. First, Dr. Rehkopf will discuss data linkage approaches that facilitate the study of childhood environmental exposures with long-term development. Next, Dr. Leonard will go over recent work using large claims databases in California and the U.S. to improve epidemiologic research on severe complications of pregnancy and childbirth that have been increasing in the U.S. over the past two decades. She will also describe a recently funded project to use national claims data from the Stanford Center for Population Health Sciences to identify clinical opportunities to advance health equity for birthing patients.

The Stanford Maternal and Child Health Research Institute Seminar Series
highlight compelling clinical topics, innovative research, and the latest developments in maternal and child health at Stanford University, and serves as a forum for engaging in conversations with other researchers and scientists across the community.

Guest Speakers:  David Rehkopf, MPH, ScD, Stephanie Leonard, PhD


David Rehkopf, MPH, ScD
Co-Director of the Stanford Center for Population Health Sciences; Associate Professor of Epidemiology & Population Health and of Medicine (Primary Care & Population Health)

David Rehkopf, ScD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health, Medicine and Sociology (by courtesy). He is a social epidemiologist who studies how federal, state and local policies exacerbate or diminish social inequalities in health. He received his Masters degree in Public Health in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from University of California, Berkeley, and his ScD from the Harvard School of Public Health. He is the current co-director of the Stanford Medicine Center for Population Health Sciences.

Stephanie Leonard, PhD
Instructor, Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine

Stephanie Leonard, PhD, is an Instructor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Obstetrics in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Leonard’s primary research interest is in applying novel epidemiologic methods to perinatal health and health systems research, with a focus on health equity among birthing people. Since coming to Stanford in 2017, her work has focused on severe maternal morbidity, contributing to major developments in the understanding of severe maternal morbidity and its disparities at the population level and methods to improve research in this area.