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Session: Finding a Healthy Voice in a World of Choice
5197.0: Wednesday, November 08, 2006: 2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Finding a Healthy Voice in a World of Choice
This panel will look at health choices women make throughout their lifetimes. Making health decisions involves gathering and evaluating information, weighing what’s important to us, finding the resources we need to maximize the quality of care we receive, and dealing with the associated costs. Each phase of this process can be complex as we clarify our values, our fears, and our resources. While we struggle to clarify our needs and make our decisions, we also realize that many of the factors that affect our health – from toxins in our food and air to the influence of pharmaceutical and insurance lobbies – are not in our individual control. They are largely determined by social policies, government regulations, and economic realities. Much of our power to shape our choices is limited by the access we have to approriate economic and medical resources. This panel will focus not only on what we as individuals can do, but also on identifying systemic problems and developing policy initiatives to change the system.
Learning Objectives: At the conculsion of the session, the participant will be able to: 1. Identify three health decisions a woman must make during her lifetime. 2. Describe four environmental factors that contribute to these health decisions. 3. Identify three ways that pharmaceutical companies try to influence these decisions. 4. List strategies women can use to help them through life transitions.
Moderator(s):Stacey Plichta, ScD
2:30 PMHealth care choices facing adolescent girls  [ Recorded presentation ]
Marianne McPherson, SM
2:50 PMDilemma of health choices at menopause  [ Recorded presentation ]
Judith A. Costlow, MS, CHES
3:10 PMHealth information and choices for older women  [ Recorded presentation ]
Catherine DeLorey, DrPH
3:30 PMUnderstanding the high cost of high drug costs: Drug companies as a barrier to expanded access to health care  [ Recorded presentation ]
Amy Allina
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.
Organized by:Women's Caucus
Endorsed by:APHA-Committee on Women's Rights; APHA-International Human Rights Committee; Maternal and Child Health; Population, Family Planning, and Reproductive Health; Socialist Caucus
CE Credits:CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

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