September 18, 2007

Book Readings, Webinars and an Audio Conference: Activities for Health Advocates

I wanted to let readers know about several upcoming events. A couple take place in New York or Boston, but you can attend the others from the comfort of your own home.

First, on Tuesday, Sept. 25, “Our Bodies, Ourselves” collaborator Kathy Davis will read from her new book, “The Making of Our Bodies, Ourselves: How Feminism Travels Across Borders,” at Blue Stockings Book Store (172 Allen Street, between Stanton and Rivington). The event starts at 7 p.m.

The book is based on interviews with founders of the BWHBC, responses to the book from international readers, and discussions with translators from Latin America, Egypt, Thailand, China, Eastern Europe and Francophone Africa. You can read the concluding chapter here (PDF).

And for more upcoming OBOS readings and events, check out the handy calendar.

The Boston event, on Tuesday, Oct. 9, is a book reading, signing and panel discussion featuring Stacy Malkan, author of “Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry.

Massachusetts-based safe cosmetics companies and local environmental health leaders will also be on hand. The event takes place at Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont Street, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. For event information, contact Mia Davis. Visit the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics to learn more about chemicals and cosmetics.

Now, the series you don’t have to get dressed for: Raising Women’s Voices for Universal Health Care has announced two upcoming webinars and an audio conference on health care reform (PDF). These events are free, and open to all women’s health providers and advocates.

Series moderators are Byllye Avery, Avery Institute for Social Change; Cindy Pearson, National Women’s Health Network; and Lois Uttley, MergerWatch Project of Community Catalyst.

The first webinar, a “Primer on the Basics of Health Care Reform,” is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 27, at 2 p.m. EST. It will cover terminology and concepts such as “single-payer” health insurance, health savings accounts, employer assessments and individual mandates. According to the organizers, “No question will be too basic to ask!”

Presenters include Susan Sherry, deputy director of Community Catalyst, who has more than 25 years of experience as a consumer health advocate; and Nancy Turnbull, associate dean at the Harvard School of Public Health. Click here to register (again, it’s free).

More details, including descriptions of the second webinar on “Strategies for Achieving Universal Health Care” (Oct. 11) and an audio conference on “Where Should Women’s Health Advocates Put Our Energy?” (Nov. 15), are available here (PDF).


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