13 Jan Women’s Health Conference Addresses Gaps in Health Care
Recently, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin hosted their first Women’s Health Conference in the Memorial Union Ballroom at Marquette University, a CTSI partner organization. This day-long workshop held on Tuesday, December 17th, 2013, addressed preventative science across the lifespan of a woman.
The conference opened with a welcome from CTSI Director, Dr. Reza Shaker, and was followed by Keynote Speaker Dr. Magda Peck, Dean of the UW-Milwaukee School of Public Health, who also authored the article Clinical Preventative Services for Women: Closing the Gaps (2011) on which the theme of the conference was based.
After Dr. Peck’s keynote address, participants had an opportunity to attended plenary sessions on a variety of subjects including: Cognitive Impairment presented by Cecilia Hillard, PhD (MCW/pictured above) and William Cullinan (Marquette), Obesity hosted by Laura Cassidy, PhD (MCW), Malignancy presented Janet Rader, MD (MCW), Skeletal Fragility presented by Robert Blank, MD (MCW), and Overlap presented by Robert Topp, PhD (Marquette).
Following lunch, attendees divided up into five group breakout sessions based on each of the five plenary subjects, and were asked to share their thoughts and opinions about closing the gaps in women’s health care. Before the end of the day, the groups were brought back together as a whole to report back. Since then, several attendees have reconvened to continue the important work of dealing with health disparities across the lives of women.