Tanya L. Dailey, MD, director of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Clinic at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and a clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, has been named chair of the Rhode Island Department of Health’s Commission for Health Advocacy and Equity.
The Commission is comprised of the former members of the Department of Health’s Minority Health Advisory Committee, members of the public, and ten ex-officio members from other state agencies. The purpose of the Commission is to advise the Department of Health about racial, ethnic, cultural or socio-economic health disparities; to advocate for the integration of the activities that will help achieve health equity; to help develop a health equity plan that addresses social determinants of health across state government; to align statewide planning activities in developing health equity goals and plans, and to educate other state agencies and organizations on health disparities.
Dr. Dailey said, “I am honored to be asked to chair the Commission for Health Advocacy and Equity. With the help of the many dedicated individuals and community partners who have been selected to serve on this commission, it is my hope to bring attention and healthy change to Rhode Island’s underserved populations.”
According to Michael Fine, MD, director of the Rhode Island Department of Health, “We need the Commission for Health Advocacy and Equity because we continue to see substantial health disparities in our state, because of the documented evidence of treatment inequality that exists throughout our current medical system, and because we need a comprehensive and multi-level strategy to identify and eliminate disparities.”
A graduate of Boston University and Tufts University School of Medicine, Dr. Dailey completed her maternal-fetal medicine fellowship at Women & Infants. She is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, as well as maternal-fetal medicine. Her research interests include preterm labor and cervical insufficiency.
About Women & Infants Hospital
Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. The primary teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the ninth largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country with nearly 8,400 deliveries per year. In 2009, Women & Infants opened what was at the time the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.
New England’s premier hospital for women and newborns, Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, breast disease, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation’s only mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation’s only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.
Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Center of Excellence from the American College of Radiology; a Center for In Vitro Maturation Excellence by SAGE In Vitro Fertilization; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health; a National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers through the American College of Surgeons; and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group and the National Institutes of Health’s Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.