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CRWG Staff Present at American Public Health Association Meeting

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In November 2015, four CRWG staff members presented at the American Public Health Association meeting, held in Chicago.

CRWG director Stacie Geller discussed health policy and practice recommendations based on her research on the distribution of misoprostol to prevent postpartum hemorrhage in rural Ghana.

Three presentations focused on the CRWG’s longstanding collaboration to promote women’s health in rural, southernmost Illinois. CRWG research specialist Leslie Carnahan presented on the feasibility and acceptability of a community-led program to reduce cardiovascular disease risk in rural adults. In addition, CRWG assistant director Kris Zimmermann presented a description of a church-based model to reduce cardiovascular disease risk in rural adults. Additionally, Kris discussed the results of a research study to examine facilitators and barriers to physical activity in rural women.

CRWG research specialist Pam Roesch also presented an examination of neighborhood environment and flourishing in children.






Breast Health Equity: Coast to Midcoast Academic-Community Partnerships

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Yamile Molina, PhD, Assistant Professor of the Community Health Sciences and Senior Research Specialist at the Center for Research on Women and Gender will present at the UI Cancer Center PHBO Program Seminar

 Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Room 461 IHRP, 1747 W. Roosevelt Road.

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CRWG staff traveled to Southern Illinois

In July 2015, CRWG staff traveled to Southern Illinois for the Southern Seven Coalition for Women’s Health Annual Luncheon. Staff from the CRWG have been collaborating with the local health department and health and community organizations such as churches since 2007 to implement and research health promotion initiatives in the region. During the visit, CRWG staff shared preliminary research findings with more than 60  attendees and also recognized community partners. S7---2015-Annual-luncheon


Dr. Sebalda Leshabari from Tanzania visited the CRWG

DLeslie_Dr Leshabarir. Sebalda Leshabari, Dean of the College of Nursing at Muhimbili University of Health at Allied Sciences in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania visited the Center for Research on Women and Gender in July 2015. Dr. Leshabari served as a co-investigator with Dr. Stacie Geller and Leslie Carnahan on a grant exploring maternal health needs in urban Tanzania.

2015 Dan Dissertation Research Awards Announced


The Center for Research on Women and Gender is pleased to announce the 2015 Alice J. Dan Dissertation Research Award winners. The winners are Molly Murphy from the School of Public Health for her research entitled, “Abortion providers’ experiences with and management of stigmatization in freestanding and hospital-based clinics;” and Cindy Veldhuis from the Department of Psychology for her research entitled, “Psychological and neighborhood factors associated with preventive care use by women in Chicago .” An honorable mention was awarded to Megan LaFrombois from the Urban Planning and Policy Program for her research entitled, “Reframing the Reclaiming of Urban Space: A Feminist Exploration of Bicycle Focused Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Urbanism.” The annual Dan Dissertation award encourages original and significant research about gender and/or women by UIC doctoral students. Recipients are awarded monetary support to assist with their research. The award is open to UIC doctoral students in any field who have completed the requirements for candidacy and have an approved dissertation proposal by the application deadline. To support the Dan Dissertation Award, visit our Support page.

Staff Member Kristine Zimmermann presented at the National Rural Health Association Annual Meeting

In April 2015, Kris Zimmermann presented a poster at the National Rural Health Association Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA.  Kris’s research explored barriers and facilitators to physical activity participation in rural women. .

Staff Member Leslie Carnahan Presents Research at Academy Health Meeting


On June 14, 2015, CRWG Research Associate Leslie Carnahan presented her research at AcademyHealth’s 32nd Annual Research Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota. AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting (ARM) has been the premier forum for health services research, where attendees gather to discuss health policy implications, and sharpen research methods. Leslie’s shared lessons learned, and policy and practice implications from a community-based distribution of misoprostol to prevent postpartum hemorrhage in low-resource settings.

Women’s Health Research Day Winners

Congratulations to the 2015 Abstract and Poster winners!  Thank you everyone for your participation.

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Abstract Winners ($200 each)

Undergraduate Student:  Kiran Malhotra

Graduate Student:  Pooja Solanski

Poster Winners ($200 each)

Undergraduate Student:  Safia Farid for “Sex Differences in Cardiovascular Markers Following Islet Cell Transplantation in Patients with Type 1 Diabetes”

Graduate Student: Vida Henderson for “Understanding Factors Associated with Postpartum Visit Attendance and Contraception Choices”

Faculty/Fellow/Staff:  Laura Laursen for “Perspectives on long acting reversible contraception in school based health centers”

2nd Annual Women’s Health Research Day Call for Abstracts

The UIC Center for Research on Women and Gender/National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, in partnership with the UIC BIRCWH (Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health) program and other local groups, sponsors our 2nd annual Women’s Health Research Day to promote research and advance understanding of new developments in women’s health. This half-day event provides an opportunity for faculty, fellows, and students to network and to showcase their research through poster and oral presentations.

When: Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Where: Thompson Room, Student Center West, 828 S. Wolcott Ave, University of Illinois at Chicago

Call for Abstracts (Abstract deadline: Monday, March 23, 2015): Students, fellows, staff, and faculty are invited present a poster on women’s health or sex differences research. For abstract guidelines and to submit an abstract, visit: The top two abstracts will be invited to present 15-minute oral presentations. Cash prizes will be awarded for top abstracts and top posters.

Keynote Lecture: “Women Living with HIV,” featuring Monica Gandhi, MD, MPH,Professor of Medicine in the Division of HIV/AIDS,University of California, San Francisco

Monica Gandhi MD, MPH is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of HIV/AIDS at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the Medical Director of the HIV/AIDS Clinic (“Ward 86″) at San Francisco General Hospital. Past research efforts focused on HIV/AIDS in U.S. women through the Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS), a multisite, prospective cohort study established in 1994 to study the natural history, clinical and laboratory findings of HIV in women. Currently, she is investigating low-cost solutions to measuring antiretroviral levels in resource-poor settings, such as determining drug levels in hair samples. Dr. Gandhi also leads multiple HIV education and mentorship programs at UCSF. She is the principal investigator of an R24 mentoring grant from the NIH focused on nurturing early career investigators of diversity in HIV research and the Associate Director for the Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) Mentoring Program.

Registration: Advance registration required. Registration coming soon!

For more information, please contact Kris Zimmermann at or 312.413.4251.