212027 Beyond Multiple Jeopardies: Women's Careers in Public Health

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Anahi Viladrich, PhD , Immigration and Health Initiative, Urban Public Health Program, The School of Health Sciences, The Schools of the Health Professions, Hunter College of the City University of New York, New York, NY
In recent years, both research and clinical practice have addressed women's challenges when trying to pursue successful professional careers with satisfying family relationships and personal lives. The literature has particularly examined the several barriers (e.g., sociocultural, institutional, interpersonal and psychosocial) that professional women often encounter in academic and professional domains. Nevertheless, little is known about how women develop multi-tasking skills to circumvent those barriers, nor on the subjective experiences that accompany them through this process.

This workshop attempts to fulfill this vacuum by offering a space in which women can collectively reflect on the above issues. To that end, we will examine both the barriers and incentives that either constrain or encourage women to achieve wholesome academic and personal lives. In particular, we will address the role of mentors and peers in promoting individual growth vis-à-vis the institutional obstacles that keep women (particularly minority ones) from achieving their highest professional potential.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the challenges minority women face when seeking career advancement in public health.

Keywords: Women, Workforce

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Associate Professor in Urban Public Health.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.