Leaders in the investment, health care, education and research spaces gathered Feb. 7 in Atlanta for an exclusive roundtable discussion with first lady Jill Biden as part of the White House Initiative on Women’s Health Research.

Tené T. Lewis, professor of epidemiology at Rollins School of Public Health, was one of 10 participants included in the all-women roundtable, and the only person in the group to identify as an active health researcher.

“I’m here today because I heard about the amazing work that’s happening in Atlanta, where universities, entrepreneurs, investors, companies and city leaders are coming together to drive innovation in women’s health,” said Biden, who noted that even though women make up half the population, research on women’s health has long been underfunded.

“We need research at universities to develop breakthroughs. Investors who believe in those ideas. Startups that bring those ideas to the market. Doctors who translate those ideas into treatment plans. And government and advocates who help bring everyone together,” she said.

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