Gwendolyn Norman, BSN, MPH, PHD

Wayne State University

Gwendolyn S. Norman, PhD, MPH, BSN, is a Maternal Child Health Consultant, and a Research Associate at Wayne State University. She serves on a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) working group and is a lead investigator for the NIH funded research “Mitigating the Impact of Implicit Bias on Maternal Morbidity and Mortality for African American Women.” She has a 30-year history of coordinating multicenter perinatal clinical trials and registries, and currently works as a maternal child health consultant in the community. She is part of the Southeast Michigan Perinatal Quality Improvement Coalition (SEMPQIC) and works with the Michigan AIM, engaging hospitals to implement the hemorrhage, hypertension and sepsis bundles to improve pregnancy outcomes.
She additionally serves on the Maternal Mortality and Vitality Review Team for the City of Detroit, is a Co-Investigator for an NIH study aimed at reducing morbidity and mortality from maternal infection, and is the recipient of a March of Dimes award for addressing implicit bias and respectful care. As a nurse and anthropologist, she has a particular focus on how structural racism, bias, and social determinants of health impact the disparities in health outcomes for African Americans.