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Women's Health Network

The Women's Health Network's mission is to form a coalition open to all who share the goal to achieve health and healing for women in Oregon through advocacy, education, research, and networking.

Women's Health Network 2015 Lecture Series
Celebrating 17 Years of Thought Provoking Lectures
2015 Theme: Science, Society and Self: Women’s Health through the Generations,

Mark your calendars! On Friday, March 13th, the Oregon Women’s Health Network kicks off its 2015 Lecture Series at the Kennedy School with the rich and dynamic topic, Nutrition and the Impact of the Generations: Epigenetics, Dietary Patterns and Social Determinants.


The OWHN overall theme for 2015 is Science, Society and Self: Women’s Health through the Generations, and in this first set of lectures, our speakers delve into how nutrition not only influences a woman’s health, but how a mother’s and grandmother’s nutrition impacts health generations later. Community and social factors that influence generational health will also be covered. Our guest speakers are experts in their respective fields and bring with them accomplished backgrounds in nutrition-related research, clinical provision, and public health evaluation and intervention.

Our guest speakers include:

Kent Thornburg, PhD: Family Health Across the Generations
Kent L. Thornburg, a pioneer in the field of Epigenetics, is M. Lowell Edwards Chair, Professor of Medicine, Director of the Center for Developmental Health at the Knight Cardiovascular Institute, and Director of the Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness at Oregon Health & Science University.

Christie A. Naze, RDN, CDE: What Should Babies Eat Before They Are Born
Christie Naze is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator at the Center for Women’s Health at OHSU. Recognized within and outside OHSU as an expert in the field of gestational diabetes and prenatal nutrition, Christie helps expecting mothers achieve healthy pregnancies and deliveries.

Janne Boone-Heinonen, PhD: Why Don’t We Follow Dietary Advice? Community and Social Influences on Nutrition
At the Public Health and Preventative Medicine at OHSU School of Medicine, Janne Boone-Heinonen studies how social and environmental factors, diet and physical activity behaviors, and maternal health interact in the development of obesity susceptibility throughout the life course.

Details for attending:

  • All lectures are free and open to the public
  • No registration required
  • First come, first seated
  • 8:00 a.m. - Noon (continental breakfast 8:00 a.m., program 8:30 a.m.)
  • McMenamin's Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Avenue, Portland.
  • Parking in rear. Bike parking available. Take TriMet line #70.

If you are interested in speaking at a Women's Health Network Lecture or participating in the Women's Health Network Steering Committee, contact Wendy Morgan at 971-673-0353.

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