Joia Crear Perry, MD

Joia Crear Perry, MD

Recently, she addressed the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to urge a human rights framework to improve maternal mortality. Previously, she served as the Executive Director of the Birthing Project, Director of Women’s and Children’s Services at Jefferson Community Healthcare Center and as the Director of Clinical Services for the City of New Orleans Health Department where she was responsible for four facilities that provided health care for the homeless, pediatric, WIC, and gynecologic services within the New Orleans clinical service area. Dr. Crear-Perry has been celebrated for her work to improve the availability and utilization of affordable health care for New Orleans’ citizens post the Hurricane Katrina disaster of 2005. Currently, her focus has expanded nationally and internationally as it relates to Maternal and Child Health. After receiving her bachelor’s training at Princeton University and Xavier University, Dr. Crear-Perry completed her medical degree at Louisiana State University and her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Tulane University’s School of Medicine. She was also recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Opening Plenary Panel: Nobody, Somebody, My body: the Mandate for Maternal Equity and Justice


This session seeks to make visible the often unseen and unacknowledged history that continues to impede equity and justice for women, as related to personal autonomy, systemic practices and cultural norms. Concepts such as planned pregnancy and pregnancy intendedness will be deconstructed and viewed through a lens of equity and justice. Strategies for mediating the […]