Square Roots Expands Advisory Board with Two Leading Experts on Health Care Disparities

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New Advisory Board members to provide extensive experience on
improving maternal health care for expectant mothers in high-need
communities

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Square Roots, a mission-driven company focused on defining and
empowering healthy birth, announced today the addition of two new
advisory board members: Dr. Lisa Saul, MD, the president of Allina
Health’s Mother Baby Clinical Service Line and a perinatologist with
Minnesota Perinatal Physicians; and Dr. Rachel R. Hardeman, PhD, MPH, an
Assistant Professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management at
the University of Minnesota.

“Dr. Saul and Dr. Hardeman bring a wealth of experience and leadership
in health care delivery, particularly for at risks populations,” said Morad
Fareed, founder and CEO of Square Roots.
“Expecting mothers in
low-income and minority communities often receive the poorest care and
have the worst outcomes. Square Roots is working to change that dynamic
and ensure quality care for all mothers, in all communities. The
insights and vision Dr. Saul and Dr. Hardeman will provide our work is
incredibly valuable, and I am thrilled they are both joining other
esteemed members of our Advisory Board.”

Dr. Lisa Saul has served as President of the Mother Baby Clinical
Service Line of Allina Health since September 2014. She leads quality
improvement, facilitated care model improvements for those patients at
highest risk, and has been instrumental in crafting a compelling and
forward thinking strategy, and program/service development that will
further improve the health of our community and address care
disparities. In addition to her role as president, Lisa works part-time
as a perinatologist with Minnesota Perinatal Physicians. Her area of
clinical focus is fetal cardiology.

“The challenges with maternal health care are intractable, but not
insoluble,” said Dr. Lisa Saul. “Improving health outcomes for
expectant mothers demands more cross-sector coordination. I look forward
to providing guidance to Square Roots as the company works to develop
new partnerships and deliver innovative solutions that couple
non-clinical community-based health interventions with clinical care.”

Dr. Rachel R. Hardeman, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in the
Division of Health Policy and Management at the University of Minnesota,
School of Public Health and Consultant with Partners in Equity and
Inclusion. Dr. Hardeman is a health inequities researcher whose work
focuses on the provider contribution to equity and quality of health
care delivery and the ways in which race impact health care delivery and
the clinician-patient encounter.

“Too many expectant mothers in America, particularly those from minority
communities, are not receiving the quality care they need and deserve,”
said Dr. Rachel R. Hardeman. “Research and data help expose and
elevate the problem and the need for action. I am thrilled to join a
team of advisors that includes some of the nation’s leading maternal
health researchers and to work with Square Roots to develop and
distribute new research to inform and improve the quality of maternal
health care.”

To view the full Square Roots Advisory Board, please visit http://www.squareroots.com/team.

About Dr. Lisa Saul

Dr. Lisa Saul has served as President of the Mother Baby Clinical
Service Line since September 2014. She leads quality improvement,
facilitated care model improvements for those patients at highest risk,
and has been instrumental in crafting a compelling and forward thinking
strategy, and program/service development that will further improve the
health of our community and address care disparities.

In addition to her role as president, Lisa works part-time as a
perinatologist with Minnesota Perinatal Physicians. Her area of clinical
focus is fetal cardiology.

Lisa is a California native who received her undergraduate degree from
the University of California, Berkeley in Molecular and Cell Biology.
She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the
University of California, San Diego, and her OB/GYN Residency at
Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. A fellowship in Maternal Fetal
Medicine at the University of California, Irvine completed Lisa’s
medical training. Lisa will complete the Business of Medicine MBA
program at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University in 2017.

Lisa is married with two young children. In her free time she enjoys
traveling and spending time with her family.

About Dr. Rachel R. Hardeman

Rachel R. Hardeman, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Division
of Health Policy and Management at the University of Minnesota, School
of Public Health and Consultant with Partners in Equity and Inclusion.

Dr. Hardeman is a health inequities researcher whose work focuses on the
provider contribution to equity and quality of health care delivery and
the ways in which race (e.g. implicit bias, explicit bias, stereotyping,
prejudice, discrimination institutional racism and the white racial
frame) impact health care delivery and the clinician-patient encounter.
She has a particular interest and focus on prenatal care delivery and
persistent disparate birth outcomes for African American women. Dr.
Hardeman is also a leading expert in medical education research focusing
on the experiences of under-represented minority physician trainees.

Dr. Hardeman is passionate about moving the conversation around racism
in public health forward and to that end, the overarching goal of her
work is to contribute to a new body of knowledge that enriches how we
understand the ways that institutional racism plays out in healthcare
encounters.

Dr. Hardeman earned a PhD in Health Services Research, Policy and
Administration and an MPH in Public Health Administration and Policy in
the Division of Health Policy & Management and an undergraduate degree
in Chemistry and Spanish from Xavier University of Louisiana.

About Square Roots

Square Roots (www.squareroots.com)
is a mission-driven company focused on defining and empowering healthy
birth. By integrating new technology and scientific findings with
intelligent partnerships from medicine to policy to maternal care
takers, Square Roots brings needed solutions and resources to the most
critical period of life: our beginning. We identify the highest impact
programs and tools that have a proven health impact for mothers and
coordinate the distribution of these programs and tools between
academia, policy, public agencies, and private companies.

Follow Square Roots on Twitter with @SquareRootsLife and on Facebook and
Instagram with @SquareRootsBirth.

Contacts

Square Roots
Aaron Kinnari
press@squareroots.com