December 2013
Fall Webinar Series



Closing the Black/White Gap in Infant Mortality: Ideas, Successes and Lessons Learned from the Wisconsin Life Course Initiative 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 

1:00-2:00 EST / 12:00-1:00 CST

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Addressing Racism's Impact on Women's and Infant's Health: Lessons Learned from the Racial Healing Projects in Tennessee. Presented on October 30, 2013. Please click here for the archived webinar


Connecting Women with Health Care in the South:Overcoming Challenges & Leading the Way. Presented on November 19, 2013.

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Don't Forget to Visit Our Blog!  

Please click here for a new blog entry from Leah Barber-Heinz, one of the fantastic presenters on our most recent webinar on implementing the ACA in the South.   


Ms. Barber-Heinz is the CEO of Florida CHAIN, a statewide consumer health advocacy organization founded in 1999 to improve the health of all Floridians by promoting access to affordable, quality health care. Florida CHAIN links consumer, community, and service organizations with health care advocacy by providing policy education, collaborative networking, training, and communications and organizing tools to the public, allied partners, media, and policy makers.  

Women's Voices  
Executive Summary
Didn't get a chance to review the results of the Southeastern Women's Voices Survey? Please click here to read it now. Thanks to the help from women all over the region, we had over 1,950 completed surveys!
 On the Road in Georgia
Sarah Verbiest and L'Keisha Clinkscale in GA 
On November 5th, EWSE was invited to be a part of Georgia's First Prematurity Summit. Sponsored by the March of Dimes and coordinated by our own fearless EWSE leader Keisha Clinkscale, the event offered a wonderful opportunity to learn about the work underway in Georgia and make lots of new connections.

Book Corner


The North Carolina Women's Health Branch in the  Division of Public Health's has shared a  list of books, movies, and documentaries to keep you thinking this winter. The Division's Reading Circle was developed as a group learning experience around diversity and disparity issues that started back in 2006. Happy Reading!


The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

Dreams From My Father by Barak Obama

What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day by Pearl Cleage

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Color Me Butterfly by L. Y. Marlow

Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie

Under the Feet of Jesus: A Novel by Helena Maria Viramontes 

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Blood Done Sign My Name by Timothy Tyson

One Drop by Bliss Broyard

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman

The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver

Grand Torino movie

Interpreter of Maladies by Jumpa Lahiri

Black in America 2,  CNN documentary

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot


Disclaimer: The Division of Public Health Women's Health Branch does not endorse the books on this listing. Suggested readings are chosen by the participants. Participation in the discussion is strictly voluntary.

Tell Us What YOU Think!  


How can we find more ways to listen to women?


How can public health and community groups partner with health care providers to make it easy for them to ask the key questions and then refer women to the resources they need to improve their health?


How can we counter ACA fears with facts?


What resources do you use to address women's health in your community? 

'Tis the Season!

Managing the Stressors of the Holidays


Happy Holidays everyone! As highlighted in the feedback from our Southeast Women's Voices survey, stress was one of the health issues women wanted to manage better. Although the holiday season is meant to spend more time with your loved ones, it can also be a serious source of stress in trying to balance expectations and making everyone happy.  


Here are four tips from the American Psychological Association on managing holiday stress: Set expectations, keep things in perspective, make connections, and most importantly, take care of yourself! For additional stress management tips, check out these resources from the Huffington Post.  


A Word About Our Sponsor...


In November, EWSE Director Sarah Verbiest was invited by the WK Kellogg Foundation to attend a grantee conference in Detroit, MI, on Building Networks for Leading Change. This was a great opportunity to not only be inspired by the work of the community leaders supported by the WKKF, but to learn more about this wonderful Foundation. The WKKF believes that people have the inherent capacity to solve their own problems and that social transformation is within the reach of all communities. The view that lasting change originates from communities owes much to relatively-recent thinking about social capital, and it is central to all of their investments. WKKF promotes the Wheel of Interconnected Change, which includes intentional and intergenerational participation, cross-community and inclusive dialogue, transformative and transforming leadership, and sustainable outcomes and shared accountability. To learn more about their approach and work, click here
Speakers during the event included  Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Story of America's Great Migration and the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize,
and Dolores Clara Fernandez Huerta, community activist extraordinaire who co-founded the National Farmworkers Association and recently earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom...while raising 11 children!   
At the meeting WKKF announced its new WKKF Community Leadership Network which seeks to develop the leadership skills of individuals who will be community-based social change agents working to help vulnerable children and their families achieve optimal health and well-being, access to good food, academic achievement, and financial security. A total of 100 Fellows will be selected from the foundation's priority places: Michigan, Mississippi, New Orleans, and New Mexico. An additional 20 fellows will be selected from outside these places and will function as a national cohort whose work will focus on racial healing and equity. To learn more and apply, click here. The deadline is 1/10/14. We are so thankful to have found a funder who is so aligned with our coalition's perspectives and has been willing to invest in OUR collective leadership and voice.
Sarah Verbiest and Patrick Simpson,  W.K. Kellogg, Project Manager 

Talking about Life Course and Celebrating Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait in Kentucky


This month EWSE was on the road. On November 21st, Erin McClain had the pleasure of being invited to Louisville by Kara Dietrich Brown and the EWSE KY State Team to talk about the Life Course Approach and the results from our Women's Voices Survey. She shared this information as part of their March of Dimes Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait (HBWW) meeting and celebration. KY was the first site in the nation to test and implement the HBWW prematurity prevention approach, which is now being rolled out to three other states.  Participants were an engaged and enthusiastic group of women - including our own Leadership Team member and KY pilot project coordinator Susan Holland Brown. The group was quickly able to link their prematurity prevention efforts to women's health throughout their life course and future generations.  Thank you KY Team for the opportunity to meet you and your maternal and child health advocates from across the state!

Erin McClain and Kara Dietrich Brown

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