News & Events

Dec 4 2015 -
10:00am to 11:00am

"The Global Early Adolescent Study: A 15-country Study to Explore the Acquisition and Influence of Gender Norms in a Global Context"

Presented by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health Epidemiology & Community Health Department

The age period of 10-14 years is among the most critical for human development, yet one of the most poorly understood.  Biological processes are universal, but the social contexts in which these processes occur vary.  During this age period, gendered norms and beliefs are solidified.  Dr. Blum will discuss the development, rationale, and design for one of his most recent studies, the Global Early Adolescent Study (GEAS).  This 15-country longitudinal study will assess how social processes influence young people’s health, with particular attention to how gender norms influence sexual health and behaviors.  Other outcomes of interest are education attainment, mental health, and physical health.

Dr. Robert Blum

William H. Gates Sr. Chair
Professor, Department of Population, Family & Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. Blum is an international expert in global and adolescent health.  Over the past 40 years, Dr. Blum has published more than 250 journal articles, and has held leadership positions as a committee member/director or consultant with the World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization, the World Bank, the United Nations Population Fund, UNICEF, the Guttmacher Institute, and the Society for Adolescent Medicine.  Among his many honors, Blum was awarded the Society for Adolescent Medicine’s Outstanding Achievement Award, the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Herbert Needleman Award, the MCH Bureau’s Vince Hutchins Award, and APHA’s Martha May Elliot Award.


Division of Epidemiology & Community Health, West Bank Office Building, University of Minnesota, 1300 S 2nd St, Room 364, Minneapolis MN 55455. 

Campus map available at  Parking (not free) in back of building; on-street parking at meters.

Dec 1 2015 -
1:00pm to 2:00pm

"Subcutaneous Scars"

The Health Equity Work Group, School of Public Health, and Program in Health Disparities Research (PHDR) of the University of Minnesota are honored to host Dr. Vanessa Northingham Gamble in a special lecture session.

During this session, Dr. Northingham Gamble will give a reflection about her career in academic medicine. This will be followed by an interactive dialogue about some of the challenges faced by professionals of color and women in academic biomedical careers.

Lunch will be served at 12:50 pm.

Space is limited, registration is requested to attend December's Special Session, please register here.

For questions or more information, please contact the University of Minnesota Program in Health Disparities Research department: 

(612) 625-1654, phdr@umn.edu

Vanessa Northington Gamble, MD, PhD

Professor of Health Humanities, 
Professor of Health Policy and American Studies, 
George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

"Vanessa Northington Gamble is a physician and medical historian.  She has taught at Harvard University, the University of Massachusetts, Hampshire College, the University of Wisconsin, and Johns Hopkins University. Appointed head of the Association of American Medical Colleges' (AAMC) Division of Community and Minority Programs in 1999, Professor Gamble has served as consultant or committee member on a range of projects run by national medical organizations, including the Institute of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the American Foundation for AIDS Research." (George Washington University, Department of American Studies)


717 Delaware SE, Room 105, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, East Bank

"Sex Differences Research, Precision Medicine, and the Future of Women's Health"

BIRCWH Research Director, Dr. Virginia Miller from the Mayo Clinic, has published an article on "Sex Differences Research, Precision Medicine, and the Future of Women's Health" in the Journal of Women's Health. Her article discusses the importance of women's health becoming a part of the culture of clinical practice, discovery science, and medical/health education. 
You can read her article in the Journal of Women's Health.


Nov 12 2015 -
3:30pm to 5:30pm

Incarcerated Mothers: A View into Public Health Challenges

This lecture is part of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health "The Art & Science of Prevention" public health series.  Dr. Shlafer will be speaking on mass incarceration as a public health challenge, presenting her research on incarcerated women and their children, as well as discussing Minnesota's recent legislation regarding the care and treatment of pregnant incarcerated women.  

The event will include a 3:30-4:30 pm presentation, followed by a 4:30-5:30 pm Q & A and networking reception.

The lecture is free and open to the public.  

For questions or more information please visit

Rebecca Shlafer, PhD

Dr. Rebecca Shlafer is an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, University of Minnesota


Mayo Auditorium

Nov 4 2015 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

Yoga for Managing Knee Osteoarthritis in Older Women

Dr. Corjena Cheung will be speaking on the short and long term effects of yoga on women with knee osteoarthritis. She will discuss symptoms and quality of life in older women with knee osteoarthritis, and explore how yoga adherence, and the relationship between pattern and frequency of yoga practice, affects these symptoms. Osteoarthritis related outcomes will also be discussed. Please join us! 

This lecture is free and open to the public.  Please register here.

Corjena Cheung, PhD, RN, FGSA
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, University of Minnesota
Scholar in Mature Women's Health, Powell Center for Women's Health

Moos Tower, Room 2-690

Oct 13 2015 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

Career Development Lecture: Communicating with Impact

Join us for this special career development lecture. Participants will be introduced to the basics of presenting their ideas effectively.  We will discuss using the IPOP method, which consists of having Intention, Presence, Opening your throat and conveying a Pithy Message every time that you present. Participants will investigate how their posture, eye contact, gestures and movement affect the quality of daily communications and also how to read their listener’s body language.  Participants will learn how to modulate their vocal tone, breath control, speaking rate, inflection and use of fillers to assure pleasant, compelling vocal production.  They will learn strategies to develop succinct meaningful messages and compelling professional introductions.

Register for the lecture here.This lecture is free and open to the public. 

Susan Miller, PhD
Dr. Miller is an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology at the Georgetown University Hospital, a scientific fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology and a certified speech-language pathologist.

Moos Tower, Room 2-690

Powell Center for Women’s Health is a National Center of Excellence which is focused on promoting, facilitating and disseminating research on women’s health.

To promote the health of diverse women, families, and communities.

To catalyze research partnerships that advance knowledge of women's health across the lifespan.


Interdisciplinary Women's Health Lecture Series

Attend free monthly lectures about innovative and cutting-edge research in women's health and/or sex/gender differences.

Annual Women's Health Research Conference

Learn more about the 12th Annual Women's Health Research Conference "Environmental Exposures and Hormones: Implications for Health" which will take place on April 4, 2016.

Call for Poster Abstracts now open!


Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) Program

An internal grant mechanism from the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health that fosters mentored research career development of junior faculty who are engaged in interdisciplinary women’s health or sex differences research.