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About the Women's Health Conference




Healthcare for women has improved in the past few decades; however, some women in the United States continue to be faced with serious problems related to access to healthcare, management of healthcare and healthcare prevention, and treatment issues. African American women are impacted by health disparities which continue. These healthcare problems are disproportionally experienced by women of color. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to increase disparities in the health of women.


Heart disease is the number one cause of death in Caucasian and African American women. As the woman ages, the prevalence of the disease increases (CDC, 2019, 2017). Women are disproportionately impacted with emotional/behavioral issues and presented with different symptomatology and inconsistent modalities of treatment. Maternal morbidity and HIV/AIDS continue to lead health disparities among women of color. The morbidity and mortality rates in women continue to be higher for pregnant African American women than their counterparts. African American mothers are dying at three to four times the rate of non-Hispanic white mothers with older African American women over 40 having the highest rate of all maternal deaths (CDC, 2020). In 2018, Black/African American people accounted for 13% of the people living in the United States and represented (42%) of the newly HIV/AIDS diagnoses.  


The inaugural Women’s Health Conference, hosted by Dillard University College of Nursing and the Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center, provides a variety of topics impacting women’s physical health, emotional/behavioral health and reproductive health.


At the end of the two day conference attendees will note an increase in their:


Knowledge related to a number of health care issues impacting women across the lifespan;


Knowledge related to resources and treatments for health care issues impacting women; and


Understanding of the grant writing process and procedures for completing grant applications.


The Women’s Health Conference is open to all women, communities, disciplines, health care providers and health care students.




2601 Gentilly Boulevard
New Orleans, Louisiana 70122

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