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Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
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In 2010, the focus of the GIH Fall Forum was women’s health. Top speakers discussed the latest information, from community factors that affect women’s health to access and coverage issues in health care settings. Participants heard about problems, but also met with dynamic women designing solutions for their communities. The plenary session on the afternoon of November 9 served as an insider’s update on health reform, followed by a reception for funders, federal agency representatives, and the broader health policy community.

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 explored 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. The meeting’s speakers, all recognized leaders in their respective fields, discussed women’s health from many perspectives. Their presentations informed participants 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 explored 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 was not all about problems—each day, panel discussions introduced participants to funders who are making a difference and to dynamic women who are developing and implementing solutions in their communities.

There were 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 held a series of audioconferences in 2010–2011 on specific topics in women’s health. These discussions supplemented 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 served as part of that continuum. This meeting: provided the latest information about women’s health status and women’s health care; raised awareness about the broader factors that affect women’s health, including the implications of health reform; and highlighted the work of foundations and organizations that are developing and implementing solutions.

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