WOMEN’S HEALTH CONFERENCE – SEPT. 28, 2023
Capitol Weekly presents: WOMEN’S HEALTH – A Virtual Conference, on Thursday, September 28, 2023.
This event will be hosted on ZOOM from 9:30AM – 2:00PM, Thursday, Sept. 28. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Please click on the title of each individual panel you wish to sign up for.
Throughout their lives, women experience disparities in the healthcare system. We’ll look at what California is doing to address what has been described as a “Crisis in Women’s Health.”
Featured speakers will include: Sen.Barbara Boxer (ret.); Sen. Nancy Skinner and Jodi Hicks, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California.
9:30 – 10:30AM PANEL 1: REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH
The reversal of Roe vs. Wade has created turmoil and uncertainty in reproductive care. In 2022, voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 1, adding the right to choose into the California Constitution – but those protections only exist within the parameters of federal law.
PANELISTS: Sen. Nancy Skinner; Liz Lawler, California Republican Party delegate; Amy Moy, Essential Access; Julia Spiegel, Deputy Legal Affairs Secretary, Governor’s Office
Moderated by Mackenzie Mays, Los Angeles Times
10:45 – 11:45AM PANEL 2: HEALTH EQUITY
Women of color, rural women and women in poverty have less access to healthcare – and worse outcomes. What – if anything – is being done to lessen these disparities and make the state’s healthcare system more accessible?
PANELISTS: Sonya Young Aadam, California Black Women’s Health Project; Stephanie Brown, M.D., MPH, Sutter Health; Martha Santana Chin, Health Net; Andrea Rivera, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN)
Moderated by Ana Ibarra, CalMatters
NOON KEYNOTE: SEN. BARBARA BOXER in conversation with JODI HICKS of PLANNED PARENTHOOD
Retired Sen. Barbara Boxer has been an outspoken champion of abortion rights for a half century. Jodi Hicks is the President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California – the largest statewide Planned Parenthood organization.
1:00 – 2:00PM PANEL 3: WOMEN IN THE HEALTH CARE WORKFORCE
California faces a significant shortfall of healthcare staffing: nursing vacancy rates among local hospitals are over 30%. And the need for home healthcare workers is predicted to explode as the state’s population ages. Women dominate both those professions, but make up just 38% of doctors in California. How can we better prepare women for professions in healthcare?
PANELISTS: Melissa D. Bauman, Ph.D., UC Davis Health Women in Medicine and Health Sciences; Beth Malinowski, SEIU California; Sunita Mutha, M.D., Healthforce Center at UCSF; Tanya W. Spirtos, M.D., California Medical Association
Moderated by Angela Hart, KFF Health News
Thanks to our Sponsors:
THE CALIFORNIA HEALTH CARE FOUNDATION, THE TRIBAL ALLIANCE OF SOVEREIGN INDIAN NATIONS, WESTERN STATES PETROLEUM ASSOCIATION, KP PUBLIC AFFAIRS, PERRY COMMUNICATIONS, CAPITOL ADVOCACY, LUCAS PUBLIC AFFAIRS, THE WEIDEMAN GROUP and CALIFORNIA PROFESSIONAL FIREFIGHTERS