August is date for minority women’s summit

Circle Aug. 12-15, 2004, on the calendar for the Minority Women’s Health Summit sponsored by the Office of Public Health and Science, Office on Women’s Health. The summit, "Women of Color, Taking Action for a Healthier Life: Progress, Partnerships and Possibilities," will build upon the first national conference, "Bridging the Gap: Enhancing Partnerships to Improve Minority Women’s Health," held in 1997.

The summit in Washington, DC, will highlight key women’s health issues, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS. Summit objectives include promoting strategies to diversify leadership in health sciences, education, research, and policy; fostering community partnerships to identify and implement best practices that target prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases that disproportionately affect women of color; and recommending action-oriented strategies to increase positive health outcomes for women of color across the lifespan.

At press time, registration information and packages were scheduled to be available in April 2004. For more information, visit the conference web site at www.4woman.gov/mwhs, telephone summit organizers at (800) 994-9662, fax your request to (202) 690-7172, or correspond via Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence Ave. S.W., Room 718F, Washington, DC 20201.