3049.0 Optimizing Women's Mental and Physical Health: Opportunities and Barriers

Monday, November 8, 2010: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
The purpose of this session is to describe and discuss the physical and mental health consequences that women face due to poverty, lack of health insurance, lack of access to care, and personal factors such as intimate partner violence. The association between psychosocial stress, mental health symptoms, and physical health is also discussed.
Session Objectives: 1. Discuss challenges to access to health care services and articulate how poverty, unemployment, lack of insurance & access to health care contribute to psychosocial stress among women across the lifespan. 2. Identify the mental health consequences of intimate partner violence, the prevalence of violence among women with disabilities & articulate the importance of screening. 3. Describe the association between chronic and acute health conditions and post-partum depressive symptoms.
Wendy Hellerstedt, MPH, PhD and Marjorie R. Sable, DrPH, MSW
Marjorie Sable, DrPH, MSW

Perceived health care status and health care needs of women aged 50-65 in rural Missouri: A Qualitative Assessment
M. Kay Libbus, DrPH, RN, Marjorie Sable, DrPH, MSW and Patricia J. Kelly, PhD
Poverty and Stress Among Women in Their Childbearing Years
Kristen Kjerulff, MA, PhD, Marianne M. Hillemeier, PhD, MPH and Carol S. Weisman, PhD
Welcoming Remarks
Physical Abuse among Pregnant Women with Disabilities in Massachusetts
Monika Mitra, PhD, Susan Manning, MD, MPH and Emily Lu, MPH
Intimate Partner Violence and Mental Health Status of Pregnant Women in Rural and Urban Nurse Home Visitation Program
Ayanna Johnson, BA, Linda Bullock, PhD, RN, FAAN, Jacquelyn Campbell, PhD, RN, FAAN, Karen Soeken, PhD and Phyllis Sharps, PhD,RN, FAAN

See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.

Organized by: Maternal and Child Health
Endorsed by: Family Violence Prevention Forum, APHA-Committee on Women's Rights, Mental Health, Socialist Caucus, Social Work, Women's Caucus

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)