The second annual Women’s Health Research Day was held on the Penn State Hershey campus on April 28, 2015. More than seventy faculty members, students, and trainees attended from the College of Medicine, College of Health and Human Development, College of Liberal Arts, and Penn State Harrisburg. The keynote address, "Understanding the Impact of the Affordable Care Act through a Gender Lens: the Critical Role of Research" was presented by Alina Salganicoff, PhD, Vice President and Director of Women’s Health Policy for the Kaiser Family Foundation in Menlo Park, CA. The program included oral research presentations, a poster session, and a panel discussion of "Emerging Issues in Contraception." The conference was Co-Chaired and organized by Cynthia Chuang, MD and Danielle Symons Downs, PhD with a cross-campus Planning Committee.

The award for Best Oral Research Presentation by a Faculty Member went to Kristen Kjerulff, PhD, Professor of Public Health Sciences at the College of Medicine, for her talk, "Cesarean delivery at first childbirth and subsequent fertility: a 36-month prospective cohort study." The award for Best Oral Research Presentation by a Student or Trainee went to Ayesha Abid, MD, a Resident in Family and Community Medicine, for her talk, "Patterns in the rate of term stillbirth and gestational age at delivery following the adoption of the 39 week rule."

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For more about Women's Health Research Day 2015, please see press coverage in Penn State Medicine, Research Matters, and the Penn State Hershey Newswire.


Funding for the conference was provided by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, College of Medicine, and the Penn State Center for Women’s Health Research.