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Improving Women's Health from Communities to Care Settings

November 9 - 10, 2010

Join Grantmakers In Health (GIH) in Washington, DC, for the 2010 Fall Forum, the time each year when we examine issues at the intersection of health policy and health philanthropy. This year, our focus is women’s health. Top speakers will discuss the latest information, from community factors that affect women’s health to access and coverage issues in health care settings. We will hear about problems, but we will also meet dynamic women who are designing solutions for their communities. The plenary session on the afternoon of November 9 will be an insider’s update on health reform, followed by a reception for funders, federal agency representatives, and the broader health policy community. Join us for this one-of-a-kind forum!

Health is a window into women’s lives, into the challenges they face as members of families and communities, as caregivers, and as health decisionmakers.
Improving Women’s Health from Communities to Care Settings will explore these challenges in depth to help funders understand how they affect women’s health and to stimulate thinking about the roles funders can play in improving outcomes. If you care about health, then women are key because they set the tone not only for themselves, but also for their families. The meeting’s speakers, all recognized leaders in their respective fields, will discuss women’s health from many perspectives. Their presentations will inform you about women’s health in relation to the life course, health disparities, the social determinants of health, environmental exposures, and health care access and coverage. We will explore issues women face in getting access to, and making decisions about, health care, including reproductive health care services, and learn more about emerging disease trends. But, it will not all be about problems—each day, panel discussions will introduce you to funders who are making a difference and to dynamic women who are developing and implementing solutions in their communities.

There will be ample opportunities for talking with your peers during both days of the meeting, including breakfast roundtables on November 10 where you can meet people and discuss topics of interest in greater depth. To continue the conversation, GIH will hold a series of audioconferences in 2010–2011 on specific topics in women’s health. These discussions will supplement background material made available at the meeting. Look for more information about the series in the meeting portfolio.

Around the world, there is now enormous interest and investment in improving women’s health. This meeting is part of that continuum. Whether you are already funding women’s health or are interested in doing so, Improving Women’s Health from Communities to Care Settings is designed to inform your work. It will: provide the latest information about women’s health status and women’s health care; raise awareness about the broader factors that affect women’s health, including the implications of health reform; and highlight the work of foundations and organizations that are developing and implementing solutions.


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