Lifecycle WomanCare Hosts the Third Annual State of Women’s Health Symposium


BRYN MAWR, PA, (March 1, 2018) Lifecycle WomanCare, previously known as The Birth Center, will host its third annual symposium on The State of Womens Health on April 25, 2018 from 12:00pm until 6:30pm. This event will explore the critical health issues facing women, families and non-binary individuals today and will be held in the Hall of Flags, in Houston Hall at The University of Pennsylvania. Tickets are $40-$60.

The State of Women’s Health 2018 (#SWH2018) will feature two significant and distinct voices in the field of healthcare as keynote speakers; Emmy award-winning journalist, storyteller, producer and actress Anita Woodley and Deputy Secretary for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Dr. Loren Robinson. Attendees will be offered the opportunity to participate in collaborative in-depth workshops exploring a wide variety of critical health issues facing women, families and non-binary individuals. These workshops are being developed and led in partnership with teams of healthcare experts and leaders from Bryn Mawr Hospital/Mainline Health, Black Women’s Health Alliance, Einstein Healthcare Network, National Physicians Alliance, Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia Department of Health, Planned Parenthood and Villanova College of Nursing, amongst others. The symposium will conclude with a networking cocktail reception.

“Lifecycle WomanCare has been providing women’s healthcare for 40 years. As a service provider, we have been listening to what our clients need and honoring this to help everyone achieve the best possible outcome. We work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to achieve these goals and want to strive towards even better partnerships by working across disciplines to collaborate,” said Julie Cristol, Director of Clinical Services at Lifecycle WomanCare. “At this year’s State of Women’s Health, we hope to engage in a discussion of how to advance this collaborative model of family-centered care. This unique symposium will be an opportunity to bring together many different stakeholders to discuss these crucial issues through interactive workshops. We are very excited to be able to advance this conversation.”

The State of Women’s Health 2018 Workshops:

The Hard Realities of Health Disparities: Collaborative actions for shifting the paradigm

  • Deconstructing the impact of bias, and social and environmental determinants of health, building equity, and strategizing actions to effect change at all levels—individuals, institutions and government.

Access to Care in Unpredictable Time: Ensuring healthcare needs are met and protecting those most vulnerable

  • Updates on the status of healthcare coverage and imminent threats at the federal and state levels, impact on vulnerable populations, and actions we can all take to protect and advocate.

Maternal/Child Wellness: Addressing the spectrum of inter-conceptual care

  • Addressing the critical importance of strong physical, mental and environmental care and support for parents and families prior to and in between pregnancies, and innovative and effective programs.

Don’t Fly Solo: Improving the quality of care through collaboration

  • Exploring why collaborative models of care provide the highest quality of care, satisfaction and outcomes for patients, providers and institutions, and how to develop the strongest models possible.

Widening the Lens: LGBTQ literacy and intersectionality in healthcare and the workplace

  • Discussing gender, identity and orientation in healthcare and the workplace, and providing guidance on how to effectively communicate and train workforce to be inclusive and welcoming.

Keynote Speakers:

Anita Woodley is an Emmy award-winner, and recipient of numerous awards for her creative health education work as a keynote speaker, national journalist, storyteller, producer, actress, poet, mixed-media folk artist, and playwright. Anita was voted 2017’s Arts & Culture Woman of the Year and the Health Equity Impact Community Member of the Year. For more information visit www.anitawoodley.com.

Loren Robinson is the Deputy Secretary for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the Pennsylvania Department of Health, she completed the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania where she also served as a fellow in the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics and the Penn Institute for Urban Research. Dr. Robinson received her medical degree from Duke University and completed the Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency program at UNC Chapel Hill in North Carolina. Dr. Robinson has been named to the National Minority Quality Forum’s 40 under 40 Leaders in Minority Health, received the National Medical Association’s Rising Star Award and was elected to the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Dr. Robinson was named a Top Physician under 40 by the Pennsylvania Medical Society in 2017.

The State of Women’s Health 2018 Details:

Wednesday, April 25 from 12-6:30pm

12-1:30pm       Luncheon & Keynote Speaker Anita Woodley

1:30-3pm         Workshop Session 1

3:30-5pm         Workshop Session 2

5-6:30pm         Closing Cocktail Reception & Keynote Speaker Dr. Loren Robinson

Hall of Flags at Houston Hall, University of Pennsylvania, 3417 Spruce Street, Philadelphia

Tickets are $60 for a Full Conference Ticket (includes luncheon, workshop sessions and cocktail reception) and $40 for Half-Day Ticket (includes either Option 1: luncheon & workshop sessions or Option 2: workshop sessions & cocktail reception). Discounts are available for students.

Tickets can be purchased at www.lifecyclewomancare.org. Sponsorship opportunities are also available for businesses and individuals. For more information, please contact mkraske@lifecyclewomancare.org.

The State of Women’s Health 2018 is made possible through the generous support of: Bryn Mawr Hospital/Main Line Health, Einstein Health Network, Pettaway Pursuit Foundation, JM Patton, Keystone First, Albrecht Events, Wealth Advisory Group. Additional support from non-profit partners Drexel University Dornsife Public Health, Maternal & Child Health Program, Women’s Way, Planned Parenthood Southeastern PA, Philadelphia Nurse Family Partnership/Mabel Morris Family Home Visit Program, National Council of Jewish Women, Chester County Fund for Women & Girls and Family Health Initiatives.

Lifecycle WomanCare, previously known as The Birth Center, has been providing exceptional healthcare services to women throughout their lives – from adolescence through post-menopausal years – since 1978. Visit us at www.lifecyclewomancare.org.

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