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Get Ready for National Women’s Health Week

Posted by businesswom on May 1, 2009


As the precursor to National Women’s Health Week (May 10-May 16), the Mayor’s Office on Women’s Policy & Initiatives and the D.C. Commission for Women hosted the first ever Washington Women and Girls Wellness Summit.  Yesterday’s event had a wide range of speakers presenting research and advice concerning Obesity, HIV/AIDS, and Diabetes prevention.  If you didn’t understand the epidemiologist, you would certainly understand the personal testimonies and comments from the many attendees from local nonprofits and DC Councilmember Yvette Alexander.  They even closed the event by distributing healthy fruit and a re-usable burlap tote (so cute!) to support the environment.

The breakout session notes will be incorporated into a full report to provide an agenda for promoting the health of women and girls in Washington, D.C.  I hope that DC DOH takes the report as the foundation for a research-based strategic planning approach to ensure the voices of the community stakeholders are heard.  This will ensure they create programs that engage those directly impacted by these health issues based on factual data.   Be sure to support this event next year, they had a great agenda.  The turnout was nice, and hopefully word-of-mouth with get even more residents and nonprofits out next year.

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2 Responses to “Get Ready for National Women’s Health Week”

  1. Joyinhome said

    I also attended the Summit. Domestic Violence was also an issue that framed the agenda and discussions. I am hopeful that in years to come, girls will be included in the day’s agenda and as attendees. I will be on the lookout for the resulting report from OWPI.

  2. How could I leave that out?! Yes!

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