Women's Health Awareness Transforming Communities by Enhancing Women's Health
 

 

  • From left to right: Sharon Beard, Robert Bullard, Ph.D., and Joan Packenham, Ph.D., posed for a photo after the keynote session
    From left to right: Sharon Beard, Robert Bullard, Ph.D., and Joan Packenham, Ph.D., posed after the keynote session. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw / NIEHS)
  • Robert Bullard, Ph.D., shared lessons learned from his more than 40 years’ worth of research and activism on environmental justice, climate change, and more.
    Robert Bullard, Ph.D., delivered keynote talk. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw / NIEHS)
  • Attendees listened closely to Bullard’s keynote talk.
    Attendees listened closely to Bullard’s keynote talk. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw / NIEHS)
  • Free on-site dental screenings were provided at the WHA event
    Free on-site dental screenings were provided at the WHA event. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw / NIEHS)
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Over the past decade, The Women’s Health Awareness (WHA) Community Engagement Program has organized an annual conference for women living in Durham, North Carolina, and the surrounding areas. This FREE event provides health and environmental health education, screenings, advocacy, and services to attending participants. Issues covered in the conference often change annually and are typically informed by participants’ expressed interests and evolving healthcare issues impacting women across the country. For example, the 2023 conference examined critical topics related to Black maternal mortality, domestic violence, mental health, chronic disease, and environmental justice.

Each year, health experts from around the country deliver presentations on a range of current health issues facing women. For example, the April 2023 conference featured the “father of environmental justice,” Dr. Robert Bullard, the White House Council’s Senior Director of Environmental Justice, Dr. Jalonne White-Newsome, and the creator of the WUNC award-winning Great Grief podcast, Nnenna Freelon.

Conference Goals:

  • Inform and empower women to take responsibility for their health and well-being.
  • Encourage women to understand and make informed decisions about their health options.
  • Share culturally appropriate community health services, resources, healthy living support and products that promote healthy behaviors and health equity.
  • Connect women to community health resources and provide free health screenings.
  • Empower women with health advocacy tools and support to build community-level activism and resiliency.

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Past Conferences

Date Event Materials
April 15, 2023 Women's Health Awareness: Women's Wellness Conference 2023 Program Booklet (8MB) 
April 9, 2022 Women's Health Awareness: Women's Wellness Conference 2022 Program Booklet (5MB)
April 17, 2021 Women's Health Awarenss: Women's Wellness Conference 2021 Program Booklet (3MB)
April 6, 2019 Women's Health Awareness: Women's Wellness Conference 2019 Program Booklet (4MB)
April 7, 2018 Women's Health Awareness: Women's Wellness Conference 2018 Program Booklet (6MB)
April 8, 2017 Women's Health Awareness: Women's Wellness Conference 2017 Program Booklet (4MB)
April 2, 2016 Women's Health Awareness: Women's Wellness Conference 2016 Program Booklet (11MB)
April 11, 2015 Inaugural Women's Health Awareness Wellness Conference 2015 Program Booklet (6MB)