Stanford Medicine: 2011 Women's Health Forum

Women's health is an issue which has been taken up by many feminists, especially where reproductive health is concerned. Women's health is positioned within a wider body of knowledge cited by, amongst others, the World Health Organisation, which places importance on gender as a social determinant of health. Some health and medical research advocates, particularly the Society for Women's Health Research in the United States, define women's health more broadly than issues specific to human female anatomy to include areas where biological sex differences between women and men exist. Research has demonstrated significant biological differences between the sexes in rates of susceptibility, symptoms and response to treatment in many major areas of health, including heart disease and some cancers. The social view of health combined with the acknowledgement that gender is a social determinant of health inform women's health service delivery in countries around the world. Women's health services such as Leichhardt Women's Community Health Centre which was established in 1974 and was the first women's health centre established in Australia is an example of women's health approach to service delivery.

Course Description


1. 2011 Women's Health Forum - Welcome

Lynn Westphal, MD, Director of Women's Health at Stanford and renowned reproductive endocrinology/infertility physician, welcomes public to the 2nd annual Women's Health Forum.

2. Critical Issues in International Women's Health

Anne Firth Murray, founder of The Global Fund for Women, past Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and consulting professor at Stanford University, gives the keynote address at the 2011 Women's Health at Stanford Forum.

3. Mood Disorders Across the Lifespan

Dr. Katherine Williams, Director of Stanford's Women's Wellness Clinic, addresses Women's Health Forum attendees on mood disorders in women.

4. Overcoming Miscarriage

Dr. Ruth Lathi, Director of Stanford's Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Program, provides overview of issues surrounding miscarriage.

5. Losing Sleep Over Cancer

Renowned psychiatrist and researcher, Dr. David Spiegel addresses Women's Health Forum audience about the role of quality sleep for those with a cancer diagnosis.

6. The Sun and Skin Cancer - Primary Prevention Strategies

Dr. Susan Swetter, Director of Stanford's Melanoma Clinic, speaks at 2011 Women's Health at Stanford Forum about skin cancer and suggested ways to protect oneself from the sun.

7. Environmental Toxins & Reproductive Health

Dr. Cara Liebert speaks at 2011 Women's Health at Stanford Forom about the role of environmental toxins on reproductive health and fertility.

8. The Challenge We Face: Ethnicity and Aging in the United States

Stanford Family Medicine physician and noted geriatric medicine authority, Nancy Morioka-Douglas, MD, addresses public audience at 2011 Women's Health at Stanford Forum.

9. What to Do About Stage 0 Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer surgeon and cancer researcher, Irene Wapnir, MD, discusses "Stage 0" breast cancer at 2011 Women's Health at Stanford Forum.

10. Chronic Pain in Women

Dr. Jarred Younger provides an overview of the types of chronic pain of most relevance to women, during this 2011 Stanford Women's Health Forum lecture.

11. Menopause and Midlife Health (Hormone Therapy)

Stanford Professor and national steering committee chair of the Women's Health Initiative, Marcia Stefanick, PhD, addresses the public on the benefits/risks of menopausal hormone therapy at the 2011 Women's Health at Stanford Forum.

12. Strategies for Cancer Prevention

Dr. Allison Kurian, MD MSci, discusses current research and medical knowledge about cancer prevention, particularly breast cancer, in this 2011 Women's Health at Stanford Forum talk.

13. Impact of Alcohol on Women's Health

Drs. Mary Jacobson and Lynn Gretkowski look at the impact of alcohol on women's health at this 2011 Women's Health at Stanford Forum.

14. Feminine Fat: Friend for Foe?

Dr. Marcia Stefanick explores the nature and health ramifications of feminine fat during this 2011 Women's Health Forum talk.

15. The Impact of Negative Emotions on Your Heart

Dr. Jennifer Tremmel, Director of Stanford's Women's Heart Health Clinic, explores the role of negative emotion on the heart health of women during this 2011 Women's Health at Stanford Forum talk.

16. Pre-Natal Diagnosis: View from the Womb

Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist, Jane Chueh, MD, reviews the role of pre-natal genetics during this 2011 Women's Health at Stanford presentation.