Reproductive Health Arizona: Panel and Social Hour

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Beus Center for Law and Society

111 East Taylor Street

5th Floor

Phoenix, AZ 85004

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Please join us for Reproductive Health Arizona's first annual event, "RHAZ: Reflecting on Maternal and Infant Mortality Rates." Beginning at 5pm, enjoy light fare and a hosted bar along with visual art and oral histories provided by Forrest Solis' Creative Push project, and performance art by Sara Malan-McDonald. Then starting at 6:30pm, join us for a moderated panel examining the past, present, and future of maternal and infant mortality rates in Arizona.


Left to right: Mary Melcher, Michael Clement, Marinah Farrell, and Claire Herrick

Mary Melcher, PhD

Author of Pregnancy, Motherhood, and Choice in Twentieth-Century Arizona, Mary Melcher is a public historian of women’s history in Arizona. She received her doctorate in twentieth century history from Arizona State University and is currently the Education Manager at the Sharlot Hall Museum in Prescott, Arizona.

Michael Clement, MD

Michael Clement is a retired pediatrician who currently sits on the Arizona Perinatal Trust Board. The author of over thirty publications, he received his medical degree from the University of Utah and has served across Arizona as a pediatrician, hospital administrator, and teaching faculty.

Marinah Farrell, CPM

President of the Midwives Alliance of North America, Marinah Farrell is a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) in Arizona. She has worked in innovative birth centers and medical facilities for international NGOs, in free­standing birth centers in the U.S., and is the owner of a long-standing, home-birth practice in Arizona. She is also a founding member of Phoenix Allies for Community Health, a non-profit clinic in Downtown Phoenix.

Claire Herrick, MD

Claire Herrick is an ObGyn physician who recently joined Banner University Medical Center and the University of Arizona in Tucson. She completed her residency at the University of California-San Francisco and has worked with the Indian Health Service in Gallup, New Mexico, and North Country HealthCare, a community health center in Flagstaff, Arizona. Her current focus is on the health impacts of climate change, particularly among vulnerable populations.

Left to right: Jason Scott Robert, Forrest Solis, and Sara Malan-McDonald


Jason Scott Robert, PhD

Director of the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics at Arizona State University, Jason Scott Robert investigates complex political and societal problems that intersect with life sciences. These problems are not amenable to scientific innovation or resolution, and often involve contested values and political actions. Such problems are at the core of planning and policy in health, science, technology, economics, and national security. To address these problems, Robert produces educational materials and tools for civil and constructive discussions.


Forrest Solis

Forrest Solis is an Associate Professor in the School of Art and is an active professional artist, represented by Galleri Urbane in Dallas/Marfa TX, Sugarman-Peterson Gallery in Santa Fe NM, Gebert Contemporary Gallery in Scottsdale AZ. Solis’ paintings have been exhibited regionally and nationally in solo exhibitions, group exhibitions, juried exhibitions and at major Art Fairs in Miami and Dallas. Solis is a figurative painter and women’s issues are the central theme in her work.

Sara Malan-McDonald

Sara Malan-McDonald is a freelancing academic, teaching a variety of classes throughout the greater Phoenix area including Arizona State University and Scottsdale Community College. She is the founding director of C3 Dance, teaching dance as a means of expression and healing to primarily under resourced youth.


RHAZ generously acknowledges support from the following sponsors at Arizona State University.

Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics

The Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics advances teaching, research and community engagement efforts that explore how best to live together as a human community, so that we all may achieve purposeful, productive and prosperous lives.

Creative Push

Creative Push is a multimedia visual art and oral history project that focuses on the most formative of human experiences: birth. Personal, intimate storytelling is the central method by which birth stories are usually communicated, and though those stories rarely take concrete form, they are often very visual. Creative Push establishes a forum through which birth narratives can be shared more widely, and it works to develop such stories’ nascent visuality, collecting audio recordings in which women describe their experiences of labor and delivery, and making them available to visual artists. Presented alongside the artworks they inspire, the audio recordings spur much-needed conversations around pregnancy and birth and create meaningful dialogues between storytelling and visual art.

Center for Biology and Society

The Center for Biology and Society promotes research, education, and engagement related to study of the life sciences and their interconnections with society.

Institute for Humanities Research

The Institute for Humanities Research (IHR) generates and supports transformative, transdisciplinary, collaborative, and socially engaged humanities scholarship that contributes to the analysis and resolution of the world’s many challenges. IHR scholars explore such issues and concepts as sustainability, human origins, immigration, and natural disasters and utilize historical, philosophical, and creative perspectives to achieve a deeper understanding of their causes, effects, and cultural meanings.

Graduate Women's Association

The purpose of the Graduate Women's Association is to support graduate students during all phases of their graduate experience and in navigating the job market and their later careers. We provide opportunities to practice and develop academic and professional discourse in formal and informal settings such as talks, panels, and workshops. By offering a variety of resources and perspectives, we address issues that are particularly relevant for women but are often faced by all graduate students. While the organization is called a women’s association, we believe the success of these activities is dependent upon the involvement of men, women, and other genders. We foster an ASU community that supports equal academic and professional success for all sexes and genders.

Graduate and Professional Students Association

The Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) is a part of the Associated Students of Arizona State University. We provide advocacy, support and unity for the graduate and professional student community at Arizona State University.

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