Minority Health Disparities Lecture Series:
Role of the Media in Women's Drug Prescription Behavior

Judy Norsigian
Director, Co-Founder, The Boston Women's Health Book Collective


Tuesday, May 24th 2005
 UCLA School of Law
Room 1430
Los Angeles, CA 90095

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  4:00-5:00pm Introduction
 Prof. Christine Littleton
 Prof. Vickie M. Mays
 Judy Norsigian
  5:00-6:00pm Reception/ Book Signing

Our Bodies, Ourselves, the classic book about women’s health and sexuality that is written by women, for women. Since its first newsprint version in 1970, Our Bodies, Ourselves has been created and revised by women speaking from their own research and experiences about our bodies, health, and medical care. This edition reflects the work of more than four hundred women -- and quite a few men -- who share both personal stories and health information based on the latest scientific evidence. The result is a new Our Bodies, Ourselves, rewritten for today’s realities.



Norsigian will address the current drug and medical device industry’s promotional practices and the resulting influence on women's preferences for both prevention and treatment. She will also cover the "pills for prevention" trend, the effects of misleading advertising of prescription drugs, and the misuse of surveys to create drug demand even before a particular product makes it to the market. Norsigian will comment on how public priorities are increasingly skewed to meet the needs of a few rather than by the needs of the majority of women, especially groups of women traditionally marginalized and neglected by most institutions

A diverse group of faculty, health professionals, community-based agencies, and minority media have joined together though CRETSCMHD to effectively reduce or eliminate disparities in health among racial and ethnic minorities. As part of the Center's mission CRETSCMHD will be offering a series of educational lecture for UCLA faculty, local health care providers and organizations focused on service delivering and health planning. these sessions focus on the elimination of health disparities in the areas of cancer, diabetes, and coronary heart disease.

Center Director:
Vickie M. Mays, Ph.D., MSPH, Professor, UCLA Department of Psychology & Health Services

The UCLA Center for the Study of Women (CSW) is a nationally recognized center for research on women and gender. Established in 194, it is the only unit of its kind the the University of California system, and it draws on the energies of 245 faculty from 10 UCLA professional schol and 34 departments. Through its conferences, seminars and administration of grants, CSW has enabled feminist scholars to exchange ideas and secure funding.

Center Director:
Christine Littleton, J.D.
Professor, UCLA School of Law

The pacific institute for Women's Health believes that women's health is a human right, and that access to contraception, reproductive freedom and gender equality are central to women's empowerment and social justice. Their mission is to increase the ability of women to make informed decisions about their sexuality and reproduction. They advance reproductive choice and defend sexual and reproductive rights for women and girls around the world.

Center Director:
Magaly de Oliveria Marques, MA

ABOUT VA-UCLA-RAND Women's Health Research Seminar
The VA-UCLA-RAND Women's Health Research Seminar is a quarterly health services research professional development seminar for research fellows and faculty at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, UCLA, and RAND with an interest in women's health research. Seminar activities include: journal club, in which research methods and women's health studies are emphasized; research-in-progress presentations; and interactive talks with invited guest speakers from the fields of women's health policy or research.

Seminar Coordinator
Donna Washington, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Medicine
VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare, UCLA

Stop at any of the UCLA parking kiosks to purchase a parking permit for structure #2 or #3. Attendants will be on duty to collect $7 and direct you to structure #2 or #3.


Presented by the UCLA Center for Research, Education, Training, and Strategic Communication on Minority Health Disparities, The UCLA Center for the Study of Women, the Pacific institute on Women's Health, and the VA-UCLA-RAND Women's Health Research Seminar.



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