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22nd Annual Women of Color Day at Penn: March 6
February 24, 2009, Volume 55, No. 23


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The National Institute for Women of Color (NIWC) has designated the first day of Women’s History Month as National Women of Color Day. For the 22nd consecutive year, the University of Pennsylvania and its Health System (HUP, Presbyterian, and Pennsylvania Hospitals) seek to increase our awareness of the concerns, talents and achievements of women of color by hosting a Conference and Awards Luncheon. We hope you will join us for this uplifting and inspirational celebration. 

This year marks the second Women of Color Conference. Disparities in Health: What Can Colleges & Universities Do to Even the Field?, will be held 8:30-11:30 a.m. on Friday, March 6, at the Sheraton University City Hotel at 36th and Chestnut Streets. Despite significant advancements in medical research and care, women of color continue to be disproportionately impacted by diseases such as cancer, HIV/AIDs, and obesity. Join this panel of doctors, researchers, and public health workers in a discussion exploring the roots of these disparities as well as actions we can take as a community to address them.

Speakers include Dean Afaf Meleis, Penn School of Nursing; Lorena Marshall Blake, Blue Cross; Dr. Ira Harkavy, Associate Vice President and Founding Director, Netter Center for Community Partnerships; Dr. Bernett L. Johnson, Associate Dean for Diversity and Undergraduate Medical Education, Professor of Dermatology and Pathology; Dr. Chanita Hughes Halbert, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Director of Community and Minority Cancer Control Program.

Tickets are $25/conference only and $50/conference and lunch (vegetarian meal available).

The 2009 Awards Luncheon will take place Friday, March 6, noon-2 p.m., at the University City Sheraton (36th and Chestnut Sts). Tickets are $35 per person. To order tickets, for both the conference and/or the luncheon, please contact Constance Gordon, cagordon@pobox.upenn.edu.

—2009 Women of Color at Penn Planning Committee

Almanac - February 24, 2009, Volume 55, No. 23