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4/17-18 Conference on Women & Health Reform

4/17-18 Conference on Women & Health Reform

April 3, 2008

Simmons College will host a national conference on women and health care reform, April 17 and 18. The conference is organized by Raising Women’s Voices for the Health Care We Need, a collaboration of the National Women’s Health Network, the Avery Institute for Social Change and MergerWatch. The goal is to inform and mobilize women to work for quality, affordable health care for all in their home states and in Washington DC.

Speakers include former Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders; Byllye Avery, founder of the Black Women’s Health Imperative and the Avery Institute for Social Change; Community Catalyst's Susan Sherry; National Women’s Law Center Vice President Judy Waxman; Miriam Yeung, Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum; and Julie Winokur, whose has done films on Tennessee’s health system and Aging in America.

Topics will include: Why dependent health insurance is a women's Issue; why reproductive health must be included in health reform; what kinds of childbirth choices women want to see covered by health insurance; how we can better support women who are providing care at home for elderly relatives; and how to make sure people are not denied health insurance for pre-existing conditions, such as pregnancy.

Massachusetts advocates will speak on lessons learned MA health reform. Speakers will include HCFA's Fawn Phelps; Barbara Anthony of Health Law Advocates; Christine Barber and Kate Villers of Community Catalyst; Nancy Norman from the Boston Public Health Commission; Judy Norsigian, Director of Our Bodies, Ourselves; Emily Feinberg from the BU School of Public Health; Judy Bradford from Fenway Community Health Center; Rev. Judy Deutsch from Mass CARES; and Jamie Corliss of the Oral Health Advocacy Task Force.