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Raising Women’s Voices: A Health Care Reform Conference I’d Love to Attend

February 16, 2008

I first learned of the Raising Women’s Voices conference through a contact at MergerWatch, an organization that is working in part on issue of mergers between religious and secular hospitals, and fighting for women to retain access to reproductive health services when such mergers occur. The MergerWatch website is well worth a look if you’re interested in how religious health restrictions affect not just reproductive health, but end-of-life decisions, HIV/AIDS care, LGBT care, medical research, and other issues.

MergerWatch has joined with The Avery Institute for Social Change and The National Women’s Health Network for the Raising Women’s Voices Initiative, a national initiative “committed to raising women’s voices in state and national debates over health care reform, so that women’s perspectives about their health care needs and those of their families can be powerfully articulated, genuinely considered and incorporated into health care reform plans.”

The groups are hosting a conference this spring in Boston. The invitation:

Hear us Now! Raising Women’s Voices for the Health Care We Need


Join the National Women’s Health Network and more than 300 other activists, mothers, daughters, sisters, caretakers, consumers and community leaders for this national conference to learn and strategize about how we can get quality, affordable health care for all. Together we will discuss and plan for health care reform that will meet the needs of women and families.


Featured Keynote Speakers:
Dr. Joycelyn Elders
Former Surgeon General


Miriam Yeung
National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum


Byllye Avery
Avery Institute for Social Change
Black Women’s Health Imperative


This conference will launch a network of trained and outspoken women who are mobilized to work for a health care system that:


  • Includes comprehensive reproductive health services
  • Meets the needs of diverse women and our families
  • Bridges the inexcusable gaps in services and care that we face in the current system
  • Provides quality health care that is affordable and accessible for women and our families across the life-span.


To get the health care debate to reflect women’s issues and concerns, we must join the conversation!


Thursday & Friday, April 17 and 18, 2008
Hosted by: Simmons College
Boston, Massachusetts


Raising Women’s Voices for the Health Care We Need is a joint project of
The Avery Institute for Social Change
National Women’s Health Network
MergerWatch Project


Go to for more information on the conference.


Questions? Give us a call! 866-210-3114

6 Comments leave one →
  1. February 17, 2008 10:34 am


    this is first i’ve heard, thanks. link did not work,btw.

    tried to find more specifics at their site about “network of trained and outspoken women who are mobilized to work for a health care system”–very ambitious. wonder if that integrates issues of aging women and their need to have bigger voices on their own behalf.

    NYC NOW has just begun “senior issues” group which i convinced to work on a new, older women verson of 1977 baltimore NOW “10 questions to ask your ob-gyn.” questions for doctors, not specialists, of course. will send you link from post i did it last year.

    yours, naomi

  2. February 17, 2008 11:09 am

    Thanks, Naomi, I fixed the link.

  3. Sheila permalink
    February 19, 2008 2:44 pm

    Thanks so much, Rachel, for promoting the Raising Women’s Voices conference!

    I noticed one commenter asking about whether aging will be addressed. The quick answer is yes, we do have a workshop planned entitled “Health Challenges Of
    Women As We Age.” In fact we are looking for a moderator and another speaker for that so if Naomi or you know of anyone who would be interested we would be happy to hear from you!

    Again thank you for the plug. Watch for more announcements as we confirm more speakers and get the program agenda up on the RWV website…



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