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Center For Global Women's Health (CGWH) Inaugural Symposium
 Empowerment, Safety, and Health: A Global Mandate for Women and Girls
May 11, 2012, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., School of Nursing - Claire M. Fagin Hall,
Ann L. Roy Auditorium and Carol Elizabeth Ware Lobby
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Keynote Speaker
Zainab Salbi, MPH, Founder, Women for Women International

Since 1993, Zainab Salbi's organization, Women for Women Internationalhas helped 316,000 women survivors of wars access social and economic opportunities through a program of rights awareness training, vocational skills education and access to income generating opportunities, thereby ultimately contributing to the political and economic health of their communities. In its 18-year history, the organization has distributed more than $103 million in direct aid, micro credit loans, and has impacted more than 1.7 million family members. She is the author of two books: Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam and The Other Side of War: Women's Stories of Survival and Hope. Her work has been featured in major media outlets, including 8 appearances on “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, CNN, Washington Post, and New York Times.
Nancy Glass, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, Associate Professor and Associate Director, Center for Global Health, Johns Hopkins 
Dr. Glass’s research focus is the development, implementation and evaluation of community-based interventions to prevent and reduce disparities in health access, quality of care and health outcomes for survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) and gender based violence (GBV). She is the Principal Investigator (PI) of four federally funded (NIH and CDC) research studies focused on reducing violence against women through workplace, safety planning and microfinance interventions in the US and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). One such study is a NIH/National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) funded study to evaluate a workplace intervention to prevent and reduce the impact of IPV on the health, safety and employment of immigrant and US born Latinas. Her CDC-funded studies include one that assesses the risk and protective factors of repeat victimization for women in same-sex relationships and a second that is an effectiveness trial of a housing program for battered women and their children.
She has recently completed two years of research training as a Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) Scholar supported through the Center for Research on Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Additionally, over the past several years, Dr. Glass has worked collaboratively with the Thai Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) and the Thai Deans Council to develop a strategy to build public health nursing capacity and infrastructure to address HIV/AIDS and other public health issues.
Tonda Hughes, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor, University of Illinois-Chicago
Dr. Hughes is a Professor in Nursing and Director of Research for the UIC National Center of Excellence in Women's Health. She is a Visiting Senior Scientist at The Fenway Institute of Fenway Community Health (Boston, MA).  Her research focuses on substance abuse among vulnerable populations of women.
She is well known for her early research on chemically dependent nurses and is an internationally recognized expert in the area of alcohol use among lesbians. She has published extensively in the area of lesbian health, including the book Mental Health Issues for Sexual Minority Women (Haworth Press, 2003). She directs the Chicago Health and Life Experiences of Women (CHLEW), a study funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1999 and the first longitudinal research to focus on lesbian health.
Karen Patricia Williams, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, Michigan State University

Dr. Williams's area of expertise is in community-based participatory research and women's health policy. Understanding the need for medically underserved women to take an active role in their health, Dr. Williams designed a breast and cervical cancer prevention intervention - Kin Keeper. It is a true public health model that builds on the expertise of community health workers who disseminate breast and cervical cancer literacy education to women and their adult female family.
Working with the Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion and the Arab Community Center for Economics and Social Services she has implemented community based to research that has resulted increased number of African-American, Latina and Arab-American women being screened as well as contributed to the theories linking community, provider and family to behavioral outcomes.

Penn Panel Respondents


Eugenie L. Birch, PhD, Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research and Education, Urban Studies and PennDesign


Dr. Birch teaches courses in planning history and global urbanization. She has been active in the field's professional organizations and in academia in the United States and abroad. In 2000, she was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners and made a member (honorary) of the Royal Town Planning Institute. She has been a member of the Planning Accreditation Board, having served as its chair from 2004-2006. 
She has been President of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning; President, Society of American City and Regional Planning History; and co-editor, Journal of the American Planning Association. She is currently President, International Planning History Society and Associate Editor, Journal of the American Planning Association.


J.A. Grisso, MD, MSCE, Professor of Public Health (School of Nursing and School of Medicine)


Dr. Grisso is Professor of Public Health, Medicine, and Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania.  She has a leading role in the Center for Public Health Initiatives and serves as a core faculty member in the MPH program. Dr. Grisso has served as principal investigator of many federally-funded investigations which address urban women’s health, including studies of  reproductive health, intimate partner violence, menopause, and aging. Dr. Grisso conducted seminal epidemiological work addressing injuries in women, having published 3 first-author papers in the New England Journal of Medicine in this area. She also developed a reproductive health group within the International Clinical Epidemiology Network that involved collaboration across multiple centers in Asia, Africa, and South America. 

Dr. Grisso recently returned to Penn following 7 years at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). There she was the Senior Program Officer for faculty development programs, including the RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholars. She also developed national programs addressing intimate partner violence. 

Consistent with her strong commitment to faculty development, at Penn Dr. Grisso is currently joint PI of a NIH-funded trial to improve the success of junior women faculty in academic medicine. Dr. Grisso’s other funded investigations involve community-based interventions in intimate partner violence and a health department program training employees regarding intimate partner violence. Educationally, she is the Director of the Investigator Development Core of the NIH-funded Resource Center for Minority Academic Research. She also co-directs the Capstone Course for the MPH program, which is based primarily on community field work.  Dr. Grisso is Chair of the Committee on Appointments and Promotions (COAP) in the Department of Family Medicine and a member of the School of Medicine COAP. She is the founder and now serves on the Advisory Committee of FOCUS on the Health and Leadership for Women Program, a unique faculty development program which has supported women faculty at Penn for nearly 20 years.


Eun-Ok Im, PhD, MPH, RN, CNS, FAAN, Professor and Marjorie O. Rendell Endowed Professor in Healthy Nursing Transitions, School of Nursing

Dr. Im's most outstanding contribution to nursing science is a program of research that adopts Internet and computer technologies to eliminate gender and ethnic disparities in women’s health. She has taken the lead in this burgeoning field, and her R01 studies are among the first of their kind to use these technologies to build nursing knowledge.
She has also gained national and international recognition as a methodologist and theorist in international cross-cultural women’s health research through over 100 refereed journal publications and over 160 professional presentations. Most of all, her work on situation-specific theories has been widely accepted as a new type of nursing theory that can be easily applied to research and practice, and her work on Internet research methodologies are frequently cited among researchers using Internet and computer technologies. Dr. Im has been on dozens of research review panels (NIH study sections), is on the editorial boards of 3 top nursing journals and is on the editorial review boards of 10 journals including Advances in Nursing Science and the JOGNN.
Susan Sorenson, PhD, Professor, School of Social Policy and Practice
Dr. Sorenson has a unique interdisciplinary background in epidemiology, sociology, and psychology. She moved to Penn in 2006 after more than 20 years at the UCLA School of Public Health. Since 1986, she has taught a graduate course in family and sexual violence – the first violence prevention course in a school of public health in the nation. She has taught six different graduate and undergraduate courses at Penn. In 2011-2012, she will teach two courses she developed: HSOC251 Foundations of Public Health and HSOC471 Guns & Health. This fall she will also teach a senior seminar on violence in relationships.
With more than 100 publications to her credit, Dr. Sorenson has published widely in the epidemiology and prevention of violence, including the areas of homicide, suicide, sexual assault, child abuse, battering, and firearms. A primary focus of her work is the social context in which violence occurs, specifically, the norms that shape whether and how violence is tolerated.