Mary Mazul Receives YWCA 2012 ‘Eliminating Racism and Empowering Women’ Award - Dec. 5, 2012 - Ascension Wisconsin

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Published on December 05, 2012

Mary Mazul Receives YWCA 2012 ‘Eliminating Racism and Empowering Women’ Award

Media Contact: Jennifer West, 414-447-2057

Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Mary Mazul, Certified Nurse Midwife at Wheaton Franciscan – St. Joseph Women’s Outpatient Center, was recently recognized with the 2012 “Eliminating Racism and Empowering Women” Award by the YWCA.

Over the past seven years, the YWCA has honored two award winners, one for eliminating racism and one for empowering women. Because Mary’s work demonstrated the intersection between both ideals, the YWCA decided to honor her with a joint, mission-based award. She was recognized at the YWCA’s annual racial justice event, “An Evening to Promote Racial Justice.”

Mary is a member of the Milwaukee Fetal and Infant Mortality Review (FIMR), the United Way Healthy Birth Outcomes Initiative and the Statewide Advisory Board for Racial Disparities. While pursuing her Ph.D. in Public Health at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Mary has conducted research around the questions, “Do African American women experience racism during their prenatal care in Milwaukee?” With her colleague, Mary conducted research, spoke with women about their experiences with discrimination during prenatal care, and presented findings to both local and national groups of health care providers, community members, and educators.

Mary is passionate about discussing racism in health care and encouraging colleagues to explore how the current systems of care can be discriminatory and often result in poor outcomes. Through her work at the Women’s Outpatient Center at Wheaton Franciscan – St. Joseph Campus, she has provided successful solutions to overcoming barriers to health care that have improved birth outcomes and reduced racial disparities.

With a true calling to make Milwaukee a healthier and safer place for women and children, Mary continues to fight for a community free of racism while finding ways to empower women to take charge of their own health and improve their quality of life.

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare is a Catholic, not-for-profit organization with more than 100 health and shelter organizations in Wisconsin, Iowa, Colorado, and Illinois. The System includes hospitals, medical group physicians, outpatient centers, long-term care, home health, hospice, and a housing ministry.

Hospitals in Southeast Wisconsin include All Saints, Wheaton Franciscan – Elmbrook Memorial, St. Joseph, and The Wisconsin Heart Hospital Campuses, St. Francis, Franklin Hospital, and Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital. The region also includes Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group with more than 350 physicians in more than 50 locations, a network of outpatient centers, three transitional and extended care facilities, Home Health, and Hospice. Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare is also affiliated with United Hospital System in Kenosha. 

The System was started by the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters more than 130 years ago and was formally incorporated in 1983. Corporate services offices are located in Wheaton, Illinois and Glendale, Wisconsin.