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Vol 58 No. 4 : April 2006
Vol 58 No. 4 : April 2006
Women’s Health Summit Set for April 22

CSULB’s Women’s Resource Center will host its 2006 Long Beach Women’s Health Summit on Saturday, April 22, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., in the University Student Union ballroom. The event will kick off Women’s Health Month in California in May. The summit is geared for women who have traditionally lacked access to preventative health screenings and education.

This year’s summit, titled “Women Through the Ages: Improving Women’s Lives Today, Ensuring the Wellbeing of Tomorrow’s Generation,” is a one-day community event organized by leading health care, social service, community based agencies and individuals involved and concerned with women’s health. The purpose of the summit is to provide health-related information, screenings, resources, and services to summit participants to promote healthy lifestyle practices.

The summit will showcase a multi-disciplinary approach to women’s health that synthesizes reducing psychological distress, improving quality of life, and improving disease outcomes to help create and maintain well-being.

“This is an important event,” said Marcela Chavez, director of CSULB’s Women’s Resource Center. “There are so many health issues facing women today and this is just one way of getting the key information out there.”

This summit is free to all community members, with numerous planned events including resource tables, health screenings, 50 providers booths/exhibits, more than 30 breakout sessions from which to choose, and various keynote speakers.

Among the speakers will be Dr. Carol Grabowski, a board certified gynecologist and obstetrician who is Chief of Staff at the Women’s Pavilion at Miller Children’s Hospital; Dr. Anne Cahill, a cardiothoracic surgeon at the Memorial Heart and Vascular Institute at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, and a clinical instructor in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at UCLA; and Dr. Carey Cullinane, director of Long Beach Memorial Center’s Cancer Risk and Prevention Program at the MemorialCare Breast Center.

Workshop topics at the summit will include young women and self esteem, stress relief and relaxation, conflict resolution, domestic violence and prevention, breakthrough parenting, understanding breast cancer and mammograms, surviving your role as a caregiver, healthy sexuality and birth control, preparing for a healthy pregnancy, Afro-centric parenting, mental health, healthy relationships and dating, personal safety, single parenting, keeping your heart healthy, and diabetes prevention.

Some of the available on-site screenings will be for blood pressure, cholesterol level, blood sugar, nutrition consultation, STD and HIV tests, body fat, depression and feet. There will be food, refreshments and entertainment at the summit and transportation to and from event is available from community centers through out Long Beach. Bus pick-ups will be provided at 17 E. Market Street and 2125 Sante Fe Avenue at 8 and 10 a.m. and noon, or call Long Beach Transit at 562/591-2301 for bus routes and schedules.

To register for the summit, call 562/622-4095 or contact Chavez by e-mail at mgchavez@csulb.edu.

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