Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Today is International Women's Day

According to the International Women's Day website International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating equality of all genders with regards to status, pay and treatment. 
The Telegraph posted this great article today  International Women's Day 2017: What is it, how did it start and why is it so important?  The day is marked around the world with arts performances, talks, rallies, networking events, conferences and marches. 
In South Bend, IN where I live the week is kicked off with the Expo for Women Ladies Day Out Celebration educating, connecting and empowering women to be healthy, wealthy and wise for themselves and their families. Chances are in your community there are activities to acknowledge women's achievements and the work that still needs to be done. Even if your schedule is too busy to volunteer, spend a few moments to mentor a young women, share your thoughts with your daughter and seek out a women's organization to make a donation to even if it's a small one. 

Women are more active in creating change in the care of our health than you many know. Now is a great time to acknowledge women who are in the forefront of health care, keeping caring in front of the business of health. If each one of us do what we can, stand up, be counted, when it counts, we too can be powerful people in health care.  

Most powerful women in healthcare in 2016

Dr. Hanna-Attisha first blew the whistle over lead in the drinking water for Flint, Mich., in September 2015 when she confirmed the proportion of children with elevated lead levels in their blood doubled since the city switched its source of water from Lake Huron to the Flint River.

In addition to Nancy Howell Agee. President and CEO of Carilion Clinic works as head of 685-physician Carilion, which attracted national attention in 2016 for its work against caregiver burnout. 

Leah Binder. President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group owns the patient safety organization which releases an annual report card that assigns letter-grades to more than 2,500 hospitals reflecting their rates of medical errors, infections and other adverse events. 

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Your partner in health, 

Cindy Cohen RN, BS BA
Certified Health Coach, Wellness Consultant
WELCOA Faculty 
Top 50 Health Promotion Professional