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Location:University of Hawaii at Manoa, Campus Center Executive Dining Room

The UHM Nancy Atmospera-Walch School of Nursing invites all members of the healthcare community to this free in-person event. The lecture will be followed by discussion and refreshments.

Advancing the Health of Women: The Frances A. Matsuda Spring 2022 Distinguished Lecture

A Public Health View of Maternal Morbidity and Mortality: Emerging Patterns and Disparities by Joyce K. Edmonds, PhD, MPH, RN

Tuesday, April 12, 2022
3:00 – 4:30 P.M.
University of Hawaii at Manoa, Campus Center Executive Dining Room

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Our Distinguished Speaker

Joyce EdmondsJoyce K. Edmonds, Ph.D., M.P.H., RN, is an Associate Professor at the Connell School of Nursing and has an Associate Faculty position at Ariadne Labs at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She also has an appointment as a Nurse Scientist at the Munn Center for Nursing Research at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Edmonds is the new Editor in Chief of the Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Neonatal Nursing (JOGNN) and currently chair of the American Public Health Association, Public Health Nursing Section.

Her primary research concentration is in maternal health. She has approached this topic from a public health perspective in the domestic and global context, exploring factors that influence maternal mortality and cesarean delivery rates. Themes of her research include women’s childbirth beliefs and health seeking behaviors; the influence of social and cultural factors on birth outcomes; and the influence of the nursing profession on interventions and outcomes in childbirth. Funded by the Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation, she is currently investigating how to measure the influence of labor and delivery nurses on birth outcomes and the factors that shape their practice patterns. The goals of her program of research are to support physiologic labor and birth in childbearing women and to improve the quality and equity of maternity care services.

Dr. Edmonds holds the following certifications: Advanced Public Health Nurse, Board Certified, (APHN, BC), American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certification in Public Health (CPH), and National Board of Public Health Examiners.

About the Frances A. Matsuda Chair

Dr. Frances A. Matsuda Sano established the endowment in 1991 and requested that the Chair be used to develop knowledge, processes and structures to improve health outcomes for women.  The Chair provides continued recognition of the investment Dr. Sano made with her life in support of community-based interventions to improve women’s health in the Pacific Basin. Dr. Sano was a native of Kauai who was a physician and held a PhD degree. She completed her higher education in Japan where she resided for nearly 60 years.

Dr. Holly B. Fontenot, PhD, APRN, WHNP-BC, FAAN, FNAP is currently the Frances A. Matsuda Chair for the Nancy Atmospera-Walch School of Nursing. She is also the Director of Research for the Department of Nursing and an Associate Professor.


Visitors parking is available for a $5 flat rate in the Dole Street parking structure or $2 per half hour in the upper campus green visitor parking stalls near Campus Center, Kuykendall Hall and Varney Circle. The parking pay stations accept credit cards and are located near the stalls in each lot. Visit UH Commuter Services for more details.

COVID-19 Protocol

Updated: 3/31/22

In-person attendance is subject to Honolulu City & County and UH guidelines at the time of the event.

  1. All attendees must wear a face mask at the event unless actively eating or drinking.
  2. Attendees who are UH employees or students must meet respective UH COVID-19 requirements for employees and students


Persons with disability-related access needs or questions about the event are invited to contact Marla Acosta at (808) 956-8522 or by Thursday, April 7, 2022.

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