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Dr. John Molina, MD, JD, LHD

Dr. John Molina

Dr. Molina (Yaqui - Yavapai Apache) serves on the board of directors for San Carlos Apache Healthcare Corporation and the Pascua Yaqui Healthcare Corporation, and on faculty with the University of Arizona, College of Public Health. He served as Compliance Officer for Native Health Urban Indian Health Center (Phoenix); Health Systems Director for the Kenaitze Indian Tribe (Alaska); CEO for Phoenix Indian Medical Center; and Assistant Director/Medical Director for AHCCCS. He practiced as an OB/GYN physician with the Indian Health Service and founded Las Fuentes Health Clinic, in his hometown of Guadalupe, Arizona and is a Navy veteran.

Dr. Molina graduated from the University of Arizona, College of Medicine and Arizona State University, College of Law, and received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences. He and his wife Dr. Stephanie Little Hawk-Big Crow (Titawan Lakota Oglala) have 6 adult children and 9 grandchildren.

Session: “Leadership In The Time Of Maternal Health Inequities”

Thursday, Oct. 20 │ 2:15 p.m. breakout session: Health Equity & Maternal Health

Despite being the richest developed country on Earth, pregnant women in the US are more than twice as likely to die from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth and experience increasing rates of severe maternal morbidity (SMM). Behind these statistics lie critical levels of health inequities, which sprawling roots are deeply ingrained within differences in income, level of education, ethnicity and race, racism, genetics and geography, which can increase such risk factors as bleeding disorders, diabetes and heart disease.

“Leadership in The Time of Maternal Health Inequities” addresses the critical role of leadership in confronting and achieving solutions to maternal health inequities. Both an inspirational and informational talk, the focus is on divergent thinking to assess the uncomfortable pulse of the population being served and strategically engage the organization to take bold and innovative steps to address maternal health inequities.