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UConn women's health conference features Rosalynn Carter, May 6 (Released: 4/14/98)

by Sherry Fisher, Office of University Communications.

Storrs, Conn. -- Rosalynn Carter, former First Lady, will be the featured speaker at the eighth annual Women’s Health Update, "Woman - The Well Being" from noon to 5 p.m. May 6 at the Sheraton Hartford Hotel.

Carter, who has dedicated 25 years to improving quality of life in the United States, will provide the keynote address for the conference. The conference will include four other speakers.

During the Carter Administration, Rosalynn Carter worked with the President’s Commission on Mental Health and was influential in passing the Mental Health Systems Act of 1980.

Through her work in Atlanta, Ga., she established The Carter Center’s Mental Health Program for public policy issues. In 1991, she created and presently chairs the Center’s Mental Health Task Force, an advisory group promoting positive change in mental health. She hosts the Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy, giving leaders of mental health organizations an opportunity to examine key issues.

Carter has written a new book, Helping Someone with Mental Illness: A Compassionate Guide for Family, Friends and Caregivers.

At 2 p.m., Sandra Silberman, M.D., Ph.D., associate director of the Experimental Medical Department of Clinical Research at Pfizer Inc., will give an overview of current research in women’s health, focusing on oncology. At 2:40 p.m., Deborah Metzger, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Reproductive Medicine Institute of Connecticut at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center and associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Yale, will address the effects of hormone replacement on mental and physical health. At 3:35 p.m., Jasminka Ilich-Ernst, Ph.D., R.D. associate professor in the School of Allied Health, will discuss osteoporosis. At 4:15 p.m., professor of English Regina Barreca, known for her comic perspective on women’s issues illustrated in her books and public appearances, will take a humorous look at complaints most frequently voiced by women about their health.

The event is sponsored by the University of Connecticut School of Allied Health, Pfizer Inc., and the University of Connecticut Alumni Association.

The fee for the conference is $75 per person, including program, luncheon and an autographed copy of Carter’s book Helping Someone with Mental Illness. A $55 fee per person includes program and luncheon only. To register (800) 622-9905 or (860) 486-4905. Registration deadline is April 24. For information about the program call: Cynthia Adams, associate dean of allied health, founder of the program at (860) 486-0007.