Penn Forum in New York to Examine How the Urban Environment Impacts Women’s Health

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Media Contact:Ron Ozio | | 215-898-8658 (office), 215-852-8017 (mobile)May 3, 2011


WHAT:              “Healthy Cities: Healthy Women,” a forum on how the health of women, the health impact of living in an urban environment and the practice of public health intersect.  

The conference will explore the impact of urban violence on the health of women, improving urban communities through the empowerment of women, designing cities with a gender perspective to make them universally safer and effective policymaking and advocacy for urban women and girls.

WHO:            Speakers include:

  • Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania, who will discuss the proceedings of the 5th Global Colloquium of University Presidents where Ban Ki-moon, secretary general of the United Nations, spoke on the need for and challenges to empowering women across the globe
  • Afaf Meleis, dean of Penn’s School of Nursing
  • Nicholas Kristof, a New York Times columnist and Pulitzer-prize winning author
  • Andrea Mitchell, NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent and host of "Andrea Mitchell Reports"

WHEN:            Beginning at 8:30 a.m., Thursday, May 5

WHERE:            Grand Hyatt Hotel, 109 E. 42nd St. at Grand Central Terminal

DETAILS:            Leaders from the fields of health care, urban planning and public health will explore ways to improve practice and policy to address the unique health challenges of women who live in cities.

Hosts include Penn’s School of Nursing, the Penn Alumni Relations office and the Trustees’ Council of Penn Women. BlackRock Women’s Initiative Network is the conference sponsor. 

Proceeds will benefit the Urban Women’s Health Initiative at Penn. Additional information, including the conference schedule, is available at