The Birth Center Presents Inaugural Forum on the State of Women’s Health


The Birth Center (TBC) has announced that it will host an inaugural forum on the State of Women’s Health on June 10, 2015 from 8:00 am to 10:30 am, at the Union League of Philadelphia.  Founded in 1978 as a non-profit organization, TBC has been delivering high-quality and empowering women’s healthcare in the Philadelphia region for more than 36 years.


This innovative, first-annual event will feature clinical experts and policy leaders who will explore the critical health issues facing women today. The unique, audience-interactive program will provide the platform for year-round engagement on approaches, objectives, and strategies for moving policy and practice forward, for women today along with future generations.


Established to fill a community need for more personal and family-centered care for women in childbirth and throughout their lifecycle, TBC has served tens of thousands of families and has become a leading hub and a voice for a lifelong and partnership-based approach to healthcare.


“TBC believes deeply that the highest quality of care and the best health outcomes are achieved when healthcare is provided with input, trust, and continued partnership between patients and providers, and we have spent the last 36 years dedicated to providing this model of care,” said Kathryn Boockvar, Executive Director of The Birth Center.


“In addition to providing this care directly, TBC has also been a strong advocate for health policy and practices that advance care for all women and families,” said Boockvar. “We are organizing this annual event to bring together thought leaders, practitioners, consumers, and industry to explore critical health issues facing women, and identify innovative and effective approaches, programs, and policies for advancing care.  In doing so, our objective is to collectively harness the potential to greatly improve health outcomes for families, by equipping leaders with an understanding of how Pennsylvania’s population of women can be better served by healthcare and health policy.”


The State of Women’s Health will feature Rachel L. Levine, MD, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Acting Physician General as a keynote speaker and panelist. In her keynote, Physician General Levine will discuss the status of women’s health in Pennsylvania, critical concerns and issues, and programs and policies prioritized by the Commonwealth.


The event will also feature an expert panel of leading voices in women’s health including Dr. Levine, as well as:


  • Hon. Valerie Arkoosh, MD, MPH, Vice Chair Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, Obstetric Anesthesiologist
  • Kathryn Boockvar, JD, Executive Director, The Birth Center (Panel Moderator)
  • Julie Cristol, CNM, Director of Clinical Services, The Birth Center
  • Lois K. Evans, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Professor Emerita of Nursing, Penn Medicine, Former Associate Director, Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence
  •  Katherine K. Kinsey, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Nurse Administrator and PI, Philadelphia Nurse-Family Partnership, Mabel Morris Family Home Visit Program
  • Brenda Shelton-Dunston, MPH, Executive Director,  Black Women’s Health Alliance


Topics to be covered at the State of Women’s Health include health disparities; maternity and lactation care; LGBTQ ; behavioral health; aging and end of life issues; the midwifery and long-term partnership model of care; domestic violence; innovative approaches to women’s health, and more.


Tickets to the event are $60 and can be purchased at https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/TheBirthCenter/SWH2015.html. Sponsorship opportunities are also available for businesses and individuals ($43 of $60 is tax deductible).  For more information, please contact Sarah Evans, Director of Development and Communications at 610.421.4777 or sevans@thebirthcenter.org.



The Birth Center (TBC) was the first licensed birth center in Pennsylvania and is one of the oldest continually operating birth centers in the United States.  TBC seeks to transform women’s experience with and expectations for their healthcare, by modeling personalized, empowering care that strengthens each woman’s capacity to be an active participant in her healthcare decision-making.

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