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Women’s Health & Empowerment

UCLA Blum Center to Host Inaugural Spring Symposium on May 1, 2013

The UCLA Blum Center on Poverty and Health in Latin America is hosting their inaugural spring symposium on May 1, 2013, 9:00am-3:00pm in the DeNeve Auditorium at UCLA. The event will feature Dr. Jaime Sepulveda of UCSF and other panelist members addressing women's health as it relates to migration/urbanization, as well as policies to promote women's health and empowerment. Speaker Emma Aguila will discuss conditional cash transfers for women and their impact on health, and Lara Stemple (UCLA), CoE Deputy Director, will address empowerment through policy and law in relation to women's health. Register online.

Upadhyay and Roberts Receive 5-Year Grant for Evaluation of Abortion Restrictions

Congratulations to Ushma Upadhyay (UCSF) and Sarah Roberts (UCSF), who recently received a 5-year grant to study the effects of state-level abortion restrictions across the United States. Recent years have seen a dramatic increase in the number of legal restrictions on abortion in state legislatures. Ushma and Sarah will conduct studies on restrictions, including the earlier gestational limit in Georgia and the new 72-hour waiting period in Utah.

Brown's Study on Vaginal Products Featured in Reuters Health

Joelle Brown (UCSF) and team were recently featured in Reuters Health for their study regarding the use of vaginal products in association with vaginal infections. In this study, Joelle and team collected responses from 141 women in Los Angeles regarding their vaginal product use and tested women for vaginal infections at baseline and one year following study enrollment. Joelle told Reuters, "Women should be aware that there is mounting evidence that some products that are inserted vaginally can cause damage to vaginal tissues, and can increase the risk of bacterial vaginosis and sexually transmitted infections." Joelle also recently presented on Intravaginal Practices at the UCSF Division of Infectious Disease's seminar held on April 2nd in San Francisco. Thanks, Joelle and team, for giving us "The Dirt on Clean."

Davtyan, Munoz, and Brown Publish in Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality

CoE members Mariam Davtyan (UCI), Karen Munoz (UCI), and Brandon Brown (UCI) recently published an article in the Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality titled Transactional Sex: A Client's Perspective from Peru. This publication follows Brandon's recent presentation at the International HPV conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico on "Barriers and Facilitators in the recruitment and Retention of Female Sex Workers in an HPV Vaccine Trial," funded by a CORCL Faculty Research and Travel Grant. For more information on this team's endeavors and on UCI opportunities in global women's health and empowerment, please visit the Global Health Research, Education and Translation (GHREAT) website.

Oleson's Photography Exhibited at UCLA Glorya Kaufman Hall, April 5-June 14, 2013

Journalism fellow Molly Oleson is hosting a photographic journalism exhibit at UCLA featuring photography from her WHE internship in South Africa titled, "Those Who Dare: Breaking Norms to Address Women's Health and Empowerment in South Africa." The exhibit is arranged by the Art & Global Health Center and sponsored by the UCLA Center for World Health. A collection of images from three different reporting projects, Oleson's work documents women agricultural workers and activists who are addressing women's health issues in Cape Town and the surrounding townships. The photographs demonstrate the use of photographic journalism as an advocacy tool for women's health and empowerment.

Register for 3rd Annual Women's Health & Empowerment Summer Institute

The UCGHI Center of Expertise on Women's Health & Empowerment is pleased to announce that we will be hosting our 3rd annual Women's Health & Empowerment Summer Institute, August 7-21, 2013, at UCLA.

This is a fantastic opportunity to earn four academic credits in an interdisciplinary environment, which engages students and faculty in applying the processes of empowerment to women's health.

Check out what last year's students and faculty had to say about the Summer Institute on YouTube.

Registration is open to all graduate students and professional students, as well as recent college graduates who intend to apply to graduate or professional school in the future. Partial scholarships are available for UC students.

Please visit the Summer Institute website for more information. Registration opens March 15, 2013.

Please direct further inquiries to Jennifer Sneden.

Congratulations to the 2013 WHE Student and Faculty UCGHI Fellows!

The COEWHE congratulates the awardees of the 2013 UCGHI Student and Junior Faculty Fellowships. Through the generous support of a private donor, UCGHI established this funding opportunity for graduate and professional students and junior faculty to undertake well-defined, time-limited, transdisciplinary global health projects. The COEWHE is represented by five students and four faculty fellows conducting projects that address WHE locally and in Kenya, Tanzania, Mexico, and Vietnam. View complete profiles of WHE winners.

Student WHE Fellows:

  • Mariam Davtyan, MPH, UC Irvine
  • Sirina Keesara, UCSF
  • Cecily Miller, MPH, UCSF
  • Ruby Singhrao, UCSF
  • PhuongThao (PT) D. Le, MPH, UCLA

Faculty WHE Fellows:

  • Joelle Brown, PhD, MPH, UCSF/UCLA
  • Carol S. Camlin, PhD, MPH, UCSF
  • Megan J. Huchko, MD, MPH, UCSF
  • Victoria D. Ojeda, PhD, MPH, UC San Diego

UC Global Health Day to Unite WHE Members on February 23rd at UC Riverside

The 2013 UC Global Health Day will take place on Saturday, February 23rd at UC Riverside. This event will feature research, training, and outreach in global health across the 10 UC campuses. This year, UC Global Health Day features two sessions facilitated by WHE members: 1. Understanding Empowerment across Contexts and Disciplines: A Panel of Graduate Students' Research on Women's Health and Empowerment hosted by Greta Mills (UCSB), Anjali Dutt (UCSC), Mariam Davtyan (UCI), and Corrie Ellis (UCSB); and 2. Sexual Health and Empowerment of Female Sex Workers in Several Countries presented by Brandon Brown (UCI), Lianne Urada (UCSD), Dallas Swendeman (UCLA), and Dilara Yarbrough (UCSD). Registration for UC Global Health Day closes Friday, February 15th.

COE to Host Third Annual Summer Institute on Women's Health & Empowerment

The Global Women's Health and Empowerment Summer Institute is an intensive 4-unit interdisciplinary program offered by the University of California Global Health Institute, under the aegis of the Center of Expertise on Women's Health & Empowerment. This year's institute will be held at UCLA August 7-21, 2013. This fantastic academic opportunity is open to all graduate students and professional students, as well as recent college grads who intend to apply to graduate or professional school in the near future.

WHE Members Lead National Discussion on Unintended Pregnancy in the U.S.

COE member Dr. Diana Greene Foster (UCSF) and former COE Fogarty Fellows, Dr. Ushma Upadhyay (UCSF) and Dr. Karuna Chibber (UCSF), have been busy conducting and presenting groundbreaking research at the UCSF Advancing New Standards In Reproductive Health (ANSIRH) program to further the field of women's health and empowerment. During the 2012 American Public Health Association annual conference, Foster's team presented preliminary findings from the Turnaway Study, which examines the long-term effects of receiving or being denied a wanted abortion on women's health and wellbeing. Since October, Turnaway Study results have informed the national dialogue around access to abortion. The work of Foster's team is featured by Melissa Harris-Perry on MSNBC, io9, and Huffington Post. Their forthcoming papers will focus on the long-term effects of receiving a wanted abortion on achieving personal goals and on experiencing intimate partner violence, among other topics. While the team begins scaling-up this research, we look forward to their leadership in directing the future of women's health and empowerment science globally. View more information on the Turnaway Study.

A Twenty-First-Century Agenda

  • What is women's empowerment, and how and why does it matter for women's health? These are questions that the University of California Global Health Institute's (UCGHI) Center of Expertise (COE) on Womens Health, Gender, and Empowerment aimed to answer with this new book published by UC Press.
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