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Assessing the impact of the Global Women’s Health Movement: an Interdisciplinary and Personal Reflection

27 July 2023 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

We are delighted to be joined by one of the leaders of the Global Women’s Health Movement, an alumna and former Professor at the Harvard School of Public Health and Co-Founder/ Co-Author of the international best-selling book, Norma Swenson, MPH for our upcoming webinar on “Assessing the impact of the Global Women’s Health Movement: an Interdisciplinary and Personal Reflection”

Norma Meras Swenson is a founding member of Our Bodies Ourselves (OBOS), also known as The Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, Inc. She has worked with colleagues throughout the United States and globally to help define and create the field known as Women and Health. She is the co-author and/or co-editor of most editions of “Our Bodies, Ourselves” and was a contributing author to the popular guide “Ourselves Growing Older,” produced in collaboration with OBOS.

A senior OBOS staff member and the organization’s first Director of International Programs until 1998, Norma also served for several years as OBOS president. She is an internationally recognized leader and expert in reproductive and sexual health and rights, and in maternal and child health. An early leader in the maternity care reform movement, Norma is a past president of both the International Childbirth Education Association and the Boston Association for Childbirth Education.

A graduate of Tufts University, Norma earned her MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health, studied medical sociology at Tufts, and later at Brandeis University. She taught Women, Health and Development from a global perspective at the Harvard School of Public Health, the first and longest-running Women and Health course at Harvard University. She also co-taught an interdisciplinary course, Gender, Health, and Marginalization, at MIT’s Graduate Consortium of Women’s Studies.

Presently Norma gives guest lectures, works with students on independent study projects and continues consulting with nonprofits, community groups and university programs in the US and abroad. At Our Bodies, Ourselves, she is supporting the ongoing coordination of Translations and Adaptations of Our Bodies, Ourselves books into languages other than English, currently the 3 -volume Portuguese Brazilian edition in progress: Nossos Corpos por Nós Mesmas, launched in 2021 by the Coletivo Feminista Sexualidade e Saúde in Sâo Paulo.

In this webinar, Norma will discuss the impact of the Global Women’s Health Movement from an interdisciplinary and Personal perspective. Learning objectives from the seminar include:

  1. Improved recognition of Human Rights, Social Justice and Social Epidemiology imperatives from Public Health in the evaluation of health and MCH medical care services, outcomes, and planning.
  2. Greater familiarity with authentic, community-led services and organization as resources for Health Promotion, learning and improved MCH outcomes.
  3. Fuller knowledge of emerging actors. nascent professionals, and alternative Health Delivery settings/loci in MCH planning and research.

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27 July 2023
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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