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Highlighted Stories: Just Released – New 4th Edition of the Women of Color Health Data Book from the the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH)

1 Apr

The NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) is pleased to announce the publication of the Women of Color Health Data Book, 4th Edition.

The Women of Color Health Information Collection presents data on race/ethnicity and disease. Through data, clues about how culture, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic background, and geographic location contribute to the health status of women of color can be identified. In order to explore sex differences, scientists need data about the similarities and differences between women and men in diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other conditions.

Learn more about women of color and their unique health needs, and how the Women of Color Health Data Book, 4th Edition, can assist clinicians in providing person-centered care for diverse populations of women. Please be sure to check out the Data Book, pull-out Data Book collections on breast cancer and HIV/AIDS, and a podcast from the Academy of Women’s Health. Also visit ORWH Director Dr. Janine Clayton’s blog for a commentary introducing the Data Book.

For more information on women’s health, visit the NLM Women’s Health Resources website.

Created in a partnership between the National Library of Medicine Outreach and Special Populations Branch and the National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women’s Health, this page presents topics pertaining to women’s health collected to support the mission of the Office of Research on Women’s Health to promote research in the field.


Black Women for Wellness 2014 Conference: Get Smart, Before You Get Sexy (Los Angeles, CA)

16 Jul

Each year Black Women for Wellness (BWW) holds an annual conference to provide an open forum and space to highlight the health status of black women and girls. The complex lives of black women has been written about by the likes of Maya Angelou to Melissa Harris Perry.  Black women’s presence, space, bodies have been analyzed and critiqued and although no experience is the same, there is a certain amount of shifting that Black women do that affects the type of interactions and experiences we have with others in our society.  With constantly shifting to the ideals of society, black women’s health is being compromised both physically and emotionally.  Given the disportionately high health issues black women face, and the urgency to address black women’s health, BWW is focusing this year’s  conference on transforming silence into action, framed in a discussion around reproductive and sexual health, rights and justice.

Get Smart B4U Get Sexy
Making Sex Smart and Smart Sexy
Tuesday Sept. 23, 2014
Time: 8:30 am – 5pm

The California Endowment
1000 N. Alameda
Los Angeles, CA 90017

To register for the conference:

Online Conference on Uterine Fibroids

9 Jun

The Fibroids Project ( started with one simple mission, “Make Life Better for Women with Fibroids”. I’m happy to say that we held true to that mission and we are about to host the first live Online Virtual Fibroids Conference on June 14th. This will create an unprecedented opportunity for women to connect with leading national and local physicians from the comfort of their own home or, on the go, on their mobile device.

Uterine Fibroids is an issue that impacts 70% of women and accounts for 50% of hysterectomies per year in the US. African-American women are disproportionately impacted with severe symptoms of fibroids.

We believe that patient education is the key to providing women with more options. We would like to offer our conference at a discounted rate to your members.


*The conference is $29 and we have created a special promotional code, which will drop the price to $15 for your network. The discount code is: @FibroidsProject




When: June 14th – 9am – 2pm EST

Where: Online


SAAPHI Scientific Webinar Featuring Dr. Cheryl L. Woods Giscombe — April 30, 2014

28 Apr

The Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues (SAAPHI) Scientific Committee presents “Innovative strategies for investigating and reducing stress related health disparities in African American women.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 1:00-2:30PM (EST)

Guest Speaker Cheryl L. Woods Giscombé, PhD, PMHNP Assistant Professor School of Nursing University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Faculty Scholar Dr. Cheryl Woods Giscombé’s research focuses on stress-related health behaviors, psychoneuroendocrine biomarkers, and sociocultural contextual factors that contribute to health disparities in African Americans. She developed the Superwoman Schema Conceptual Framework which explicates how obligations to present an image of strength and provide support for family members, friends, and the community may contriImagebute to emotional suppression, neglected self-care, stress exacerbation and stress-related morbidity in African American women including obesity, diabetes, lupus, depression, and substance abuse. Dr. Giscombe also developed two instruments: the Superwoman Schema Scale and the Using Food to Cope with Stress Scale. Recently she has led an NIH-funded research project examining the influence of mindfulness meditation on stress and health in African American adults with pre-diabetes. She aims to develop and implement culturally-relevant stress management interventions that can be widely adopted in community and healthcare settings. Dr. Giscombé’s research has been acknowledged with the “Brilliant New Investigator Award” from the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science and the “Leader in the Field/Early Career Award” from the American Psychological Association.

To Participate Webinar Registration at: Contact:


SAAPHI WEBINAR: Innovative Strategies for investigating & reducing stress-health related disparities in African American women” April 30, 2014 1-2:30PM (PST)

6 Apr

SAAPHI WEBINAR: Innovative Strategies for investigating & reducing stress-health related disparities in African American women

Be sure to register for the upcoming SAAPHI webinar entitled “Innovative strategies for investigating and reducing stress- related health disparities in African American women.” Our featured guest speaker will be Cheryl L. Woods Giscombé, PhD, PMHNP.

Webinar Registration at: