News Article | May 12, 2017
Insurance Forums is excited to announce the creation of the Women’s Insurance Network (WIN) newsletter and website, which officially launched this week with a premiere newsletter edition. The insurance industry has long been overdue for an online resource dedicated to helping women succeed in the industry. Insurance Forums has recognized this need, and with the creation of WIN has taken a proactive approach to offering a solution. “Our mission through Insurance Forums, and now, WIN, has always been to provide a platform for networking and sharing of tools for success within the insurance and financial advising space,” said Pam Sheehan, senior vice president at Insurance Forums and WIN. “We are excited to offer a connection between female producers and the resources, as well as the businesses devoted to supporting women in this market.” The Women’s Insurance Network will emphasize the sharing of peer-to-peer content and best-practices case studies from women actively working in the market. Newsletter content is being directed by veteran industry journalist Emily Holbrook, the former Editor in Chief of National Underwriter Life & Health, Retirement Advisor and LifeHealthPro. “I am lucky enough to have been given the opportunity to spearhead this initiative, along with the Insurance Forums staff,” Holbrook said. “During my decade spent writing about the insurance sector, there was no cause I was more passionate about than helping women succeed in the industry. And now I get to continue on that important path.” Attracting women to the insurance distribution business remains a huge challenge. But a number of entities, including carriers, marketing organizations and independent agencies, are making concerted efforts to attract, train and retain producers who bear a strong resemblance to a growing segment of clients – women. “The industry has long known that women are significantly underrepresented and continues to struggle to make selling insurance a more approachable career for women,” said Sam Melamed, president of Insurance Forums and WIN. “As women have grown to control more of the household income and wealth in the U.S., the growth of female insurance practitioners has not kept pace. There is tremendous opportunity for women to succeed in the insurance industry and we hope to do our part to make it a more approachable career and to create resources to foster more success.” The WIN newsletter launched today with support from Cincinnati-based Ohio National Financial Services. “Ohio National is proud of this exciting opportunity to be the charter sponsor of the Women’s Insurance Network newsletter," said James Cowan, director of Next Markets. "This inaugural newsletter will enable us to reach thousands of female financial professionals with the excellence that Ohio National represents." The new Women’s Insurance Network website and dedicated newsletter is exclusively dedicated to providing women in the industry – whether a green newcomer or a seasoned veteran – with topic-specific features, tips and information, enlightening profiles of successful producers, conversation-starting poll questions and more. Check out the website at http://www.womensinsurancenet.com. About Women’s Insurance Network: Women’s Insurance Network (WIN) is a collection of online resources dedicated to helping women succeed in the insurance industry with exclusive, focused content. WIN is managed by Insurance Forums, a long-established “central water cooler” for insurance agents that prides itself on keeping a finger on the pulse of everything relevant to insurance agents. For more information visit http://www.WomensInsuranceNet.com. About Insurance Forums: Insurance Forums is the world’s largest insurance community. Grown organically by and for producers, Insurance Forums is recognized as the central water cooler of the insurance sales world. Our 80,000+ members congregate to learn what is working from their peers and share hard-won insider information on how to succeed in every niche, and do so principally because the spirit of openness and collaboration courses through the site’s 100,000+ pages of insurance content. For more information visit http://www.Insurance-Forums.com.
News Article | May 10, 2017
With the goal of empowering women to make health a priority, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office celebrates National Women's Health Week beginning on May 14th – which is also Mother’s Day. This weeklong event is offered to encourage women to take steps to improve health with a focus on annual screenings, lifestyle choices and prevention. “It is certainly important for women to be vigilant about testing for conditions that are most successfully treated when caught early, including breast cancer and colon cancer. And, another good way to stay healthy is to have routine check-ups to screen for the basic health concerns,” says Dr. Lela Emad obstetrician & gynecologist. “Heart disease is still the top killer of women in the U.S. therefore it is equally important for women to monitor blood pressure, cholesterol levels and to be aware of any potential for diabetes.” Life expectancy in the U.S. for women now averages a full eight decades – barring accidents or major health issues. With all that living to look forward to, it’s a good idea to adopt healthy habits as early in life as possible. A look at the trends to better health reveals that there are some very simple ways to optimize health, and make life worth living. One important step consists of scheduling a visit to a healthcare provider for a well-woman checkup that includes preventive screenings. Health professionals recommend adolescent girls and women start routine, annual gynecologic visits around the age of 14 unless otherwise indicated by their general practitioners. These important checkups give women an opportunity to discuss both gynecologic and general health concerns. This type of screening can include the following: Sitting for prolonged periods at a desk or in front of the computer may be a necessity for many a woman’s livelihood, but it’s not good for the body. Research shows that women who sit for more than six hours a day have a 40 percent higher risk of dying from any cause when compared to women who sit for fewer than three hours—regardless of their fitness levels. Exercise is hands-down the best thing both men and women can do to improve health. And the best way to get fit and stay fit is to get moving. Exercise increases energy and releases endorphins—which in turn increases a person’s happiness quotient. Several recent studies indicate that staying active is associated with a longer life expectancy. Exercise doesn’t need to be drudgery, a good way to incorporate a routine that endures the test of time is to choose activities that are fun. Simply going for a 20-minute walk with a friend is extremely beneficial to overall healthfulness. Just 2.5 hours weekly (about 20 minutes a day) of moderate aerobic exercise such as walking provides all the major health benefits a body needs to stay healthy. Research proves that eating more fresh vegetables is one of the simplest way to improve overall healthfulness. A vegetable-rich diet can help protect the body from arthritis, heart disease, stroke, dementia and a variety of cancers - and it might also slow down the aging process. In fact, one study found that people who consume at least seven portions of fresh vegetables and fruit each day have as much as 42 percent lower risk of dying from any cause, compared to those who eat one portion or less. Routine breast exams and general awareness of how to maintain breast health are important elements in maintaining a healthy lifestyle for women. Screening methods such as regular self-breast exams, breast checks during routine gynecologic exams, and screening mammographies can all help to detect breast problems early-on. For National Women’s Health Week, the office of Women’s Health US Dept. of Health & Human Services also recommends that women pay attention to mental health, get plenty of sleep and take steps every day to manage stress. And, of course avoid unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking, texting while driving, and not wearing a seatbelt or bicycle helmet. The provider team of expert OB/GYN physicians, certified nurse midwives, family nurse practitioners, and medical assistants provides unmatched care to patients in our region. As women proudly serving women, we understand the needs and expectations of our patients. For more information, call (707) 579-1102 or visit the Women’s OB/GYN website.
News Article | October 28, 2016
DYSIS Medical Ltd. (DYSIS), an innovative women’s health company, announced today that Women’s Care Florida has implemented the DYSIS Advanced Cervical Imaging System for early detection of cervical cancer. Women’s Care Florida, one of the largest OB-GYN groups in Florida, added the DYSIS advanced digital colposcope in two of their locations in Brandon and Tampa, making them one of the first 100 practices to adopt this technology in the United States. “Women’s Care Florida decided to implement DYSIS because this is cutting-edge, state-of-the-art colposcopic technology,” said Dr. Martha E. Kapitz, a Women’s Care Florida physician. Colposcopy, which can be subjective and has remained unchanged for decades, is an exam performed after a woman has an abnormal Pap smear. DYSIS has advanced the standard colposcopy technique by using computer-aided mapping. “With the DYSIS technology, it improves detection by actually mapping out areas of the cervix that look most suspicious,” explained Dr. Kapitz. DYSIS quantifies colposcopy by capturing images and creating a color-coded map, highlighting the more intense acetowhitened areas. Physicians can then use a guided biopsy procedure to assist in identifying the best areas to biopsy. DYSIS further helps practices like Women’s Care Florida with standardizing the subjective colposcopy procedure, which is important to physicians in terms of improving outcomes and providing the best care to their patients. “Cervical detection is something that we have already been doing, but now we’re just bringing it up to the next level to improve detection for our patients and improve overall care of women,” said Dr. Kapitz. “We are excited to be working with Women’s Care Florida, a well-renowned OB-GYN physician group in Florida that recognizes the importance of advancing today’s cervical screening technology. By standardizing the currently subjective colposcopy procedure, we can help improve care for women,” said Kim Stebbings, US President of DYSIS Medical. Women’s Care Florida, LLC (WCF) is a multi-specialty, women’s health, physician group offering patient care services in obstetrics, gynecology, gynecologic oncology, urogynecology, gynecologic and breast pathology, breast surgery and maternal-fetal medicine. The group has over 200 providers in over 60 outpatient locations, including a women’s services laboratory and a breast center. DYSIS Medical has its global headquarters in Edinburgh and US Headquarters in Tampa, FL. The company is committed to saving lives through the early detection and diagnosis of disease using biophotonic innovations. It aims to be the global leader in automated optical molecular imaging technologies for medical diagnostic and screening applications. For more information, please visit: http://www.abnormalpapsmear.com or call 844-DYSISMED. The DYSIS colposcope differs from traditional colposcopes by measuring the cervical epithelium automatically using Dynamic Spectral Imaging and producing a map of the cervix, which assists the clinician with assessing the cervix, identifying biopsy locations and performing treatment if needed. Each year, more than 12,000 women are diagnosed in the US with cervical cancer and over 4,000 will die. Worldwide, cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer for women and the seventh most common cancer overall. While it is the only entirely preventable cancer, approximately half a million women are diagnosed with the disease every year.
News Article | November 8, 2016
Barbara Stonestreet, MD, a neonatal-perinatal specialist at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, and professor of pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, has received a five-year, nearly $2.8 million grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development for her research into determining the most effective strategies for the treatment of perinatal brain injury in full-term and premature infants. Last month it was announced that Dr. Stonestreet received two two-year grants totaling $881,100 from the National Institutes of Health for this research. Perinatal brain injury often results in severe developmental disabilities, including neurodevelopmental delay and cerebral palsy. The resulting neurodevelopmental disabilities can place a lifelong burden on parents and society. Dr. Stonestreet explained, "We are looking at a novel approach to prevent and treat perinatal brain injury by targeting brain blood vessels with antibodies to preserve their function, to protect the brain, and to improve outcomes. This study has significant translational potential to provide new insights into novel therapies to prevent brain injury in the human fetus and/or premature and full-term infant. Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation's leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. A major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women's medicine, Women & Infants is the 12th largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country and the largest in New England with approximately 8,500 deliveries per year. A Designated Baby-Friendly® USA hospital, U.S.News & World Report 2014-15 Best Children's Hospital in Neonatology and a 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital, in 2009 Women & Infants opened what was at the time the country's largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit. Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation's first mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation's only fellowship program in obstetric medicine. Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute's Gynecologic Oncology Group and the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.
News Article | October 29, 2016
Drs. Jules Monier, Elizabeth Coronado, Quyen Dang and Shuchi Desai welcome Dr. David Baghdassarian to the Women’s Specialists of Plano team serving patients in the Plano, Frisco and Dallas, Texas communities. Board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Baghdassarian approaches each patient’s health as a partnership and is deeply committed to listening to his patients in order to provide the best possible medical care. Dr. Baghdassarian relocated from Bellevue, Washington in order to be closer to his wife’s family. Serving as a pregnancy doctor and Plano gynecologist, Dr. Baghdassarian provides care to women in all stages of life, including prenatal care, preventive care, menopause management and urinary incontinency. He also specializes in advanced minimally invasive, robotic and pelvic reconstructive surgery. In addition to English, Dr. Baghdassarian is also fluent in French. “Dr. B as I like to call him is such a great OB. He is very personable and really listens to his patients,” said patient Karlee W. “He makes you feel as if you're being heard which is sometimes all you need to feel at ease during your pregnancy.” Dr. Baghdassarian received his medical degree from Saba University School of Medicine in the Netherlands-Antilles and completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at New York Medical College. After he completed his residency, Dr. Baghdassarian began his practice at the University of Washington (UW) Medicine as an OBGYN in 2012. During his time there, he was awarded the UW Praise Award for his outstanding patient satisfaction rating and excellence in patient care. “Women are the nucleus of each and every family, thus their health and welfare is of utmost importance," said Dr. Baghdassarian. "Here at Women’s Specialists of Plano, my colleagues and I are committed to providing world class medicine to all our patients.” Women’s Specialists of Plano (WSOP) is a full service obstetrician-gynecologist practice that focuses on providing care from adolescent gynecology to menopause treatment for women in Plano, Frisco and North Dallas. The team of Plano OBGYN physicians and pregnancy doctors at WSOP strive to provide the most innovative treatment options to patients in North Texas. The Plano gynecologists at WSOP provide comprehensive obstetrics and gynecology services including minimally invasive surgical treatment such as da Vinci Robotic Surgery, a full range of laparoscopic and hysteroscopic procedures and in-office edometiral ablation.
News Article | February 17, 2017
TelePacific Communications is pleased to announce that Raquel Wiley, channel marketing manager for TelePacific’s Telepartner program, has been named to the board of directors for Women in the Channel, a grassroots organization established to educate and empower women with careers in the telecommunications sales channel. Wiley will serve a two-year term, working alongside WiC President Hilary Gadda, director of channel partners at TelePacific, and five other board members who are in leadership roles at their respective companies. At TelePacific, Wiley is responsible for the strategic planning and management of the company’s channel relationships, which drive approximately 45 percent of the company’s $600 million business. She oversees the development and execution of a range of initiatives and programs that leverage her 20 years of telecom marketing experience to build growing, vital collaborations between the agent community and TelePacific to bring effective solutions to customers. “Raquel is an accomplished telecom veteran and has been recognized for her leadership and performance at TelePacific and in former management roles,” said Ken Bisnoff, senior vice president of strategic opportunities for TelePacific. “It’s not surprising that her peers have named her to the WiC board, and we couldn’t be prouder that she and Hilary – two of our own – have assumed leadership positions at such a terrific industry organization.” Wiley has been a member of WiC since 2011 and has served on the organization’s Event Planning, Sponsorship and Angel Program committees. She has been Chair of the Events Planning Committee for the past year and will retain that role in 2017. “Being a part of WiC has been vital to my growth both professionally and personally,” said Wiley. “The ability to network and collaborate with phenomenal women throughout the industry has been truly amazing. WiC members have unique and diverse experiences that cultivate an environment that is nothing less than inspiring.” As a board member, Wiley intends to advocate for the quiet voices within the organization while being extremely supportive of her sister board members. “I want to be creative, thoughtful and drive change that is in alignment with the mission and vision of the organization,” she said. “My desire is to help others that want to grow and/or change the dynamics of their career but might not have the tools and resources to do so. My goal is to ignite their fire and confidence through mentoring and support, as other members of Women in the Channel have done for me. And no matter the situation or circumstance, I want to always make sure that I am leading by example.” TelePacific Communications is the premier managed services carrier, delivering guaranteed comprehensive business communications solutions to 75,000 locations nationwide for customers ranging from small businesses to enterprises with hundreds of sites. TelePacific’s broad portfolio enables companies to focus on growing their bottom lines instead of overseeing their infrastructure. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the 1,600-person, $664 million enterprise’s award-winning managed services, networks, continuity solutions and focus on customer service have powered 59 consecutive quarters of growth. For more information, go to http://www.telepacific.com About Women in the Channel (WiC) Established in 2010, Women in the Channel is a grassroots organization made up of women who are in leadership, ownership and revenue generating roles in the alternate sales channel sector of the telecommunications industry. Month after month, these women are responsible for generating sales for their companies and creating wealth for their families. WiC members are wives and mothers and sisters, and a high percentage of us are the main breadwinners in our families. WiC brings together this group because in an industry that is growing, expanding and changing the number of women at such levels is not matching that growth. To learn more and to become a member, please visit http://www.womeninthechannel.org
News Article | December 14, 2016
Mina Fies, Founder and CEO of Synergy Design & Construction, a design-build firm located in Reston, VA, was interviewed by Susan Rocco of Women to Watch™ Media. Susan is known for interviewing powerful women leaders who have a story to tell and that help educate and inspire women to try and find their own passion and purpose in life. “I am extremely honored and humbled to be featured by Women to Watch Media! If sharing my own obstacles can somehow inspire others to overcome theirs, I know I am doing my part.” said Mina Fies, CEO of Synergy Design & Construction. “I was happy to share my passion around creating safe spaces for others and believe our homes are the foundation of our lives and allow us all to make the difference we’re here to make.” Mina will be presenting a paper on this very subject at the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations (ISPSO)’s Annual Meeting in Cophenhagen July 3rd - 9th, 2017. The theme of the symposium is that “Spaces, places, and rooms affect us deeply” and are asking questions like: “why are some rooms better suited to their purpose, than others? Why do some places make us feel lonely and scared, while others make us feel home away from home...?” Women to Watch Media chose Mina because she is asking these very same questions. “My interview with Mina Fies was a validation of my views that our surroundings play a significant role in our well being” said Susan Rocco Founder and Host of Women to Watch™ Media “When we can create a space that speaks to our heart, we gain clarity, focus and peace.... which ultimately leads to both personal and professional success!” Mina Fies is CEO of Synergy Design & Construction, a woman-owned design-build home remodeling firm based in Reston, VA. Launched at the height of the 2008 recession, her against-all-odds success story has garnered her, and her company, local and national recognition, several Master Design and Contractor of the Year awards, and features on NPR and HGTV. Her commitment to developing innovative strategies for remodeling success includes the development of her proprietary project management system (The Renovation Roadmap™). Mina is also an author and speaker, delivering informative and interactive workshops that help people take control of the space that surrounds them. Known as the Premier Global Media Platform for Women Leaders, Women to Watch™ Media is a live weekly radio show and digital platform Founded and hosted by Susan Rocco. The show tells the real story behind the titles of some of the most accomplished women worldwide and their mission is to inspire and encourage more women to pursue leadership roles across the globe.
News Article | March 2, 2017
Women in Localization (WL), the leading professional organization for women in the localization industry, has appointed Michele Smith as Executive Director of Global Chapter Management and Expansion. Michele will be joining the Executive with immediate effect. The position will be responsible for co-leading the workgroup overseeing expanding the Global Chapters of Women in Localization, along with Board member Anna Schlegel who oversees Global Expansion and all Chapters. In this Executive Committee, Michele co-leads a workgroup tasked with 2 goals. The first is to oversee the global Chapter Manager Group’s alignment to the Board Vision and the second is to expand the roster of chapters. "We are delighted to have Michele Smith join this very important workgroup of Women in Localization and co-lead our new global expanion. Michele is an experienced industry professional and will help to develop the growing brand of our organization.” Said WL co-Founder Anna Schlegel. Women in Localization has 10 existing global Chapters, with a further wait list across all geographies. To support this expansion, the organization is aggressively recruiting volunteers at local and global levels. Thomas Murray, CEO, Vistatec commented that “Vistatec continues to work closely with Women in Localization and with the new appointment of Michele Smith, this will help to further strengthen our relationship and to assist in the growth of global chapters around the world.” Women in Localization (WL) was founded in 2008 by Silvia Avary-Silveira, Eva Klaudinyova and Anna Schlegel, and is the leading professional organization for women in the localization industry with thousands of members globally. Its mission is to foster a global community for the advancement of women and the localization industry. It aims to provide an open, collaborative forum where women can share expertise and experience and help each other move forward in their careers. Started in the San Francisco Bay Area, WL has expanded its membership to include women across the globe, encouraging members to meet in other local geographies. To learn more, visit http://www.womeninlocalization.com or http://www.linkedin.com/groups/WL-Women-in-Localization-911827/about. Vistatec has been supporting some of the world’s most iconic brands to optimize their global commercial potential since 1997. Vistatec is one of the world’s leading localization solutions providers headquartered in Dublin, Ireland with offices in Mountain View, California, USA. To learn more, visit http://www.vistatec.com
Priven M.,Brigham and Women's Hospital |
Baum J.,Women |
Vieira E.,Simmons College |
Fung T.,Simmons College |
Herbold N.,Simmons College
Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics | Year: 2015
Background: Given the rapid rise of free-from products available in the marketplace (especially gluten-free), more research is needed to understand how these products influence consumer perceptions of healthfulness. Objective: To determine whether perceptions of healthfulness can be generated about free-from products in the absence of risk information. Design: A survey was administered to 256 adults. Two picture-based food product questions evaluated which products consumers perceived to be healthier. One free-from designation was fabricated (MUI-free), whereas gluten-free was used as the comparison designation. For each question, participants chose which product they thought was healthier (free-from, conventional, or equally healthy). Statistical analyses: A χ2 test was run to assess the difference between responses to picture-based food product questions. Multinomial regression assessed variance in responses attributable to participant demographic characteristics. Results: Among the respondents, 21.9% selected the MUI-free product as healthier, whereas 25.5% selected the gluten-free product as healthier. Frequency data showed that a significant number of participants chose both free-from products as healthier than the conventional products (P<0.001). Regression analysis found that individuals who identified as gluten intolerant or unsure of a gluten intolerance were significantly more likely than other participants to choose the free-from product as healthier compared with choosing "equally healthy" (P=0.040). Hispanics and those with an associate's degree or vocational training were significantly more likely than their referent groups (whites and those with a doctoral degree, respectively) to choose the free-from product as healthier compared with choosing "equally healthy" (P=0.022 and 0.034, respectively). Finally, African Americans were more likely than whites to choose the conventional product as healthier compared with choosing "equally healthy" (P=0.016). Conclusions: Frequency data demonstrated that free-from products can generate perceptions of healthfulness in the absence of risk information. Self-reported intolerance data suggest that individuals with a heightened concern about the risks associated with gluten may perceive the larger category of free-from products as more healthful. In addition, ethnicity and education level appear to play a role in free-from product perception. © 2015 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Haider S.J.,Michigan State University |
Chang L.V.,University of Cincinnati |
Bolton T.A.,Women |
Gold J.G.,Tower B B |
Olson B.H.,University of Wisconsin - Madison
Health Services Research | Year: 2014
Study Design Quasi-random enrollment due to the excess demand for PC breastfeeding support services allowed us to compare the infants of women who requested services and were enrolled in the program (the treatment group, N = 274) to the infants of women who requested services and were not enrolled (the control group, N = 572). Data were analyzed using regression.Principal Findings The PC program increased the fraction breastfeeding at birth by 19.3 percent and breastfeeding duration by 2.84 weeks. Program participation also reduced the fraction of infants with gastrointestinal disorders by a statistically significant 7.9 percent. The program, if anything, increased the overall health care utilization.Conclusions This Michigan PC breastfeeding support program resulted in improvements in breastfeeding and infant health outcomes as measured by the diagnosis of ailments while increasing health care utilization.Objective To estimate the causal effect of a Michigan peer counselor (PC) breastfeeding support program for low-income women on infant health outcomes.Data Sources Program referral forms, program forms (enrollment, birth, and exit data), and state administrative data from the Women Infants and Children program, Medicaid, and Vital Records. © Health Research and Educational Trust.