Latino Health Fair Seeks Bilingual Presenters

The Latino community, partnering with the 12th Annual Binational Health Week, is sponsoring free community Health Fairs in the RI cities of Providence, Pawtucket, Central Falls, Woonsocket and Cranston from 9 – 12 October.

Designed specifically to educate Latino families on the health and insurance options available to them, these day-long events will include free screenings and vaccinations. Presentations will increase public awareness on the topics of Women’s Health, Adolescent Health, Mental Health, Infectious Disease, Chronic Disease, Access to Health Care and the Health Care Act Reform.

Organizers of the Health Fair are seeking bilingual (English and Spanish) speakers on the topics of Women’s Health and Adolescent Health.

If you can help, please contact Rosa DeCastillo, Lifespan Community Health Services, at 401-270-6374.


Women’s Reproductive Healthcare

Women have to be able to control their fertility and the spacing of their children, in order to live independent and productive lives. That’s why the women’s Health Council of RI support more humane and respectful laws. And takes a stand for women who lack the ability to pay for this care. One way to help the underserved is to support the National Network of Abortion Funds.


Tobacco Control Steps for Parents and Providers

In a recent meeting with the Women’s Health Council of RI, Lisa Carnevale, Interim Director of the Rhode Island Tobacco Control Network, told us that 13.3% of RI youth are using tobacco products. Funding for cessation has been cut. Today the tobacco companies are relentless at creating addictive tobacco products that look like colorful candies, which are readily accessible at convenience stores around the state. Without a close look, it’s hard to tell that these are nicotine-based products. Kids become loyal consumers and their purchases help to keep these stores profitable.

Carnevale advised: “This is not your grandmother’s tobacco. Parents need to become familiar with all the new products and read the labels of any new product their children are using. ”

Clinicians are needed to talk to policy-makers at the State House about the considerable physical risks these products represent.

Contact Lisa Carnevale at 401 533 5175.

Bryant University’s Women’s Summit - March 15th

The Women’s Health Council of RI is one of the sponsors of the 15th Annual Women’s Summit, a day-long event to be held March 15th on the campus of Bryant University in Smithfield, RI. The Summit features keynote speakers Carla Harris, Executive Director of Morgan Stanley’s Investment Management services, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough of MSNBC’s Morning Joe program, and the actress and activist Marlee Matlin.

The Power Plenary session will be led by Alice D. Domar, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Domar Center for Mind/Body health. Dr. Domar is one of the country’s leading experts on the topic of women’s health and the application of mind/body medicine.

Council member Margaret (Peg) Miller, M.D. will lead a breakout session titled “Putting Your Own Health at the Top of the ‘To-Do’ List.”

Registration prior to this event:

What’s at Stake for Women’s Health – April 25th-27th

The World Congress 3rd Annual Leadership Summit on The Business of Women’s Health takes place April 25th-27th in Boston, MA. Three members of the Women’s Health Council of RI will be featured speakers.

Carrie Bridges, MPH, from the RI Department of Health and a founding member of WHC, is speaking on Strategies for Addressing Women’s Health Disparities.

Council Co-chairs Mary Reich Cooper, MD, JD and Karen Rosene-Montella, MD will present a one hour program titled Redesigning a Women’s Service Line to Address New Categories in Women’s Health. Attendees will learn to list broader categories of care in the new health care marketplace.

This is the only summit on the market that addresses women’s health from a business perspective in terms of new opportunities for growth and new strategies to improve engagement and loyalty.

3 Ways to Register

1. Email
2. Visit and use promo code PQR 659.
3. Direct Line: 781 939 2487


Medical Issues Hit the Stage at Trinity Rep

An original play by Deborah Salem Smith, Love Alone, tells the story of what happens after a routine medical procedure goes tragically wrong and forever changes the lives of the four women involved. The play explores what a lawsuit means for a doctor who is sued, and traces her personal journal of recovery from the tragic and unexpected death of a patient. See the premiere of Love Alone on stage at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI, from February 28 through May 27, 2012. Tickets available from Group rates are available.


New Statin Drugs Book

Women’s Health Council founding member Barbara H. Roberts, M.D., is the author of a new book titled The Truth About Statins: Risks and Alternatives to Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs. Dr. Roberts discusses the health risks, benefits and alternatives to cholesterol-lowering drugs.

According to the back cover “This honest, patient-friendly appraisal of the most widely used medications in the world may shock you, but it may also save your life.” Available from Simon and Schuster in April, or pre-order now from


New Booklet from NCD Alliance

Non-Communicable Diseases: A Priority for Women’s Health & Development

Downloadable document on why Non-Communicable Diseases must be put on the global agenda for women’s health and development.

This publication is the first to focus on the specific needs and challenges of girls and women at risk of, or living with, NCD’s (cancer, cardio-vascular disease, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes).

NCD’s represent the biggest threat to women’s health worldwide. The challenge is to empower women with easy and equitable access to knowledge and resources.

As Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women, writes: “Women’s strength, women’s industry, women’s wisdom, are humankind’s greatest untapped resource.”

Download the PDF