ADVISORY/First Major San Francisco Teen Health Conference to Shed Light on Topics That Impact Young Women.
ADVISORY... for Tuesday (Oct. 17)
Self esteem, leadership, reproductive rights, herbal medicine and healthy dating relationships are just some of the many issues to be explored at "Healthy Hearts, Healthy Lives... Young Women on the Rise," a major health conference for young women.
DATE: Tuesday, October 17 TIME: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. PLACE: Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 99 Grove Street, San Francisco COST: Free. Open to San Francisco high school aged girls CONTACT: For more information, please call 415/557-7857 or 415/885-3796.
The UCSF National Center for Excellence in Women's Health and state Senator Jackie Speier are co-sponsoring this first annual event, in cooperation with the San Francisco Unified School District.
About 1,000 high school aged girls from San Francisco are expected to attend the conference, which promises to be both fun and informative. Seventeen organizations -- including Balboa Teen Health Center, Women's Institute for Leadership Development and UCSF Women's Health -- will present workshops on a broad range of topics that shape the lives of young women everyday.
"The challenges facing adolescent girls are great, particularly issues around their physical and emotional health," Speier said. "This conference is hopefully a prescription to help guide them in the choices they make."
Many of the workshops and presentations will be youth led. Other conference topics include learning to love your body at any size, demystifying the pelvic exam and sexuality.
"The young women on our youth steering committee asked for factual, straightforward information that will enable them to make informed, smart decisions regarding their health and well being -- and that is exactly what we have planned," said Nancy Milliken, MD, director of the UCSF National Center for Excellence in Women's Health.
Dynamic keynote speakers at the general session are: environmental investigator Erin Brockovich; San Francisco Police Department Deputy Chief Melinda Pengel; astronaut Dr. Yvonne Cagle; director of the National Organization for Women's Legal Defense and Education Fund, Kathy Rodgers; Nely Galan, entertainment executive and Janice Mirikitani, San Francisco Poet Laureate. KRON news anchor Pam Moore and local television personality Jan Yanehiro will emcee the conference.