Dr. Jessica Shepherd, OB/GYN, and Organon Health Partner discusses the importance of cultural sensitivity in the doctor’s office and how healthcare providers can help close disparity gaps, particularly in women’s health. She addresses the ways stigma can impact health outcomes, how access, education, and patient goals may differ based on background and culture, conditions unique to women that disproportionately impact women of color, and steps providers can take to facilitate open conversation and help reduce medical bias. Listeners can visit a new resource from Organon, a global women’s health company, to learn more about what the company is also doing to put the spotlight on women’s health.
Jessica Shepherd MD, MBA, FACOG, is a board certified OBGYN and Organon Health Partner. She is the founder and CEO of Sanctum Med + Wellness, a wellness concierge practice, and is affiliated with Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. In her Dallas practice, she works with a team of therapists, yoga instructors, Ayurvedic wellness coaches, nutritionists, exercise specialists and other health professionals dedicated to women’s health. Dr. Shepherd attended medical school at Ross University and completed her residency at Drexel University-Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She went on to complete a Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Fellowship at the University of Louisville, where she also earned her MBA. She also served as the Director of Minimally Invasive Gynecology at the University of Illinois for six years.