142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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The Intersection of Gender, Sex & Health: The role of community coalitions in addressing women's health disparities

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Tuesday, November 18, 2014: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
In 2010, it was registered that approximately 1.2 million women died in the U.S and half of those deaths were preventable. Equally disturbing are the 27 million women who suffer from disabilities experienced from chronic disease morbidity. The national data reflects that with certain common diseases morbidity and mortality rates disproportionately affect women. The social-cultural etiologies of most preventable diseases among women usually go undetected because research often fails to connect gender roles and its impact on overall health. In September 2010, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) launched a national initiative entitled the Coalition for a Healthier Community (CHC) Initiative throughout the nation to employ a gender integrated framework in several urban, sub-urban and rural communities. The Office on Womenís Health within the DHHS funded 10 coalitions to implement their strategic plans, which have goals and objectives linked to Healthy People 2020. The overarching goal of the CHC initiative is to ultimately improve the health of women and girls utilizing a gender responsive approach. A pivotal distinction made in this community-based participatory research initiative is the difference between sex and gender and how it impacts women's mental and physical health. The purpose of this session is to share the importance of public health system approaches through incorporating a gender integrated framework to assess understanding gender roles, sex and its correlation to health disparities specifically afflicting women.
Session Objectives: Describe a gender analysis and methodological approach of conducting a gender analysis. Identify how to formulate successful coalitions and understand the importance of coalition-building for gender-based health promotion. Identify components of system-level evaluation planning for gender-based programs.
Adrienne Smith, PhD, MS, CHES

Coalition For A Healthier Community Initiative
Adrienne Smith, PhD, MS, CHES

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Organized by: APHA
Endorsed by: Public Health Social Work, Women's Caucus, American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Caucus

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH) , Masters Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES)

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