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Sharon Thompson, M.D., MPH, FACOG

Sharon Thompson

Dr. Sharon Thompson is a practicing obstetrician-gynecologist in Phoenix Arizona where she owns and directs Central Phoenix Obstetrics and Gynecology. She earned a B.A. in Biology from Vassar College, an M.P.H in Women and Child health from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.D. from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.  Dr. Thompson completed her training in obstetrics and gynecology at the Harvard University-affiliated Brigham and Women’s and Massachusetts General Hospital residency program.

Dr. Thompson is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Arizona School of Medicine-Phoenix and an adjunct Professor at Grand Canyon University and the Arizona State University College of Nursing and Innovation.

Dr. Thompson is the author of Your Ideal Life Now and is welcomed around the country as a keynote speaker, teacher, and health coach. She has given invited presentations to organizations including the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American Medical Women’s Association, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  Dr. Thompson is a regular contributing medical expert featured on Good Morning Arizona.

Dr. Thompson serves as Medical Director for the Arizona Community Health Partnership and Emagine Solutions Technology and the Black Women’s Health Imperative. She has also served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Phoenix Emerald Foundation and Paper Hope.  She is the immediate past Chair of the Women’s Commission for the City of Phoenix. 

Toxic: A Black Woman's Story

Thursday, Sept. 22, │ 10:50 a.m.

Facilitated by Rhonda Anderson, RN, BS, MPA, DNSc(h), FAAN, LFACHE, FAHCT, and Shadie Tofigh, MIPH, with co-presenters Sharon Thompson, M.D., MPH, FACOG

Black women are three to four times more likely to suffer a pregnancy-related death than white women. The Black infant mortality rate is more than double when compared to other races. In this session, attendees will watch Toxic: A Black Woman’s Story, a film that explores stress, racism, microaggressions, and other factors that impact the lives of Black communities and Black women’s experiences during pregnancy. The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association and healthcare leaders will engage attendees in a discussion to further understand the negative impact of racial inequities on people of color, their families, and birth outcomes. The session will conclude with action steps hospitals can take to improve health equity.

Please note: We advise you to watch the trailer of the film before attending the screening. This film includes a discussion of infant mortality, toxic stress, and racism. It may evoke strong and sensitive emotions. If these topics are difficult for you, we encourage you to opt-out of this session to care for your safety and well-being.