Promoting Health for Women of Color from Midlife and Beyond
Friday, March 21, 2014 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center
Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
Registration Deadline is Monday, March 17, 5p.


The MSU College of Human Medicine, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the MSU Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Biology cordially invites you to this unique event. It is designed to impart useful scientific and community information to healthcare providers and policymakers. The focus is on the needs of women of color, and immigrants who are 40 and older.



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Vivian Pinn, M.D.

• Former Director (retired)
• National Institutes of Health
• Office of Research on Women’s Health

pinnVivian W. Pinn, MD, was the first full-time Director of the Office of Research on Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), beginning in 1991, and in 1994 she was also named Associate Director for research on women’s health (NIH), positions she held until her retirement in August 2011. Since her retirement, she has been named as a Senior Scientist Emerita at the NIH Fogarty International Center. She came to the NIH from Howard University College of Medicine, where she had been Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathology since 1982. In this position, she became the third woman to chair an academic department of pathology in the United States. Dr. Pinn had previously held appointments at Tufts University and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Pinn is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 1995. A graduate of Wellesley College, she earned her M.D. from the University of Virginia, School of Medicine, the only woman or minority in her medical school class. She completed her post-graduate training in Pathology at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Pinn has received 12 Honorary Degrees of Science, Law and Medicine, and the University of Virginia, School of Medicine has named one of its four advisory medical student colleges in her name. Tufts University School of Medicine has named it’s Office of the Dean of Student Affairs for her at the time her former medical students dedicated a scholarship in her name. She served as President of the National Medical Association (NMA) and is currently Chair of the NMA Past Presidents Council. A special tribute by Senator Olympia Snowe on Dr. Pinn’s retirement was published in the Congressional Record in November 2011 commending her contributions during her NIH tenure. The Association of American Medical Colleges also awarded her a Special Recognition Award for exceptional leadership over a forty year career. She has received numerous honors and recognition, and has presented her perceptions of women’s health and health disparities, as well as challenges in biomedical careers, to audiences both nationally and internationally.

Lula Beatty, Ph.D

• Sr. Director of Health Disparities
• American Psychological Association

beattyCurrently Dr. Beatty is Senior Director, Health Disparities, American Psychological Association. She is responsible for the development and implementation of APA’s strategic initiative on health disparities including the conceptualization of initiative goals and translation into programs and activities and the development of resources and collaborations to support initiative goals. Until 2012 she served as Director of the Special Populations Office, Office of the Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH where she was responsible for the overall administration of diversity and health disparities programs. Before joining NIDA, she was Director of Research at the Institute for Urban Affairs and Research, Howard University. She is a Fellow in the Society of Women in Psychology and the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues, has served as President of the Section of the Psychology of Black Women and member of the Committee on Women in Psychology, and is also a member of the executive committee of the Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology. She received her B.A. from Lincoln University (PA) and her doctoral degree in psychology from Howard University.

PURPOSE: This conference will teach healthcare providers and policymakers to empower women of color, and immigrants who are 40 and older, with preventive health skills to age healthfully and gracefully. Three platforms will impart information: 1) state of women’s health; 2) evidence-based information; and 3) voices from the community.

Gail Perry-Mason

• AARP Volunteer
• First Vice President of Investments
• Oppenheimer & Company, Inc.

gail-perry-masonDetroiter Gail Perry-Mason is well known in the securities industry where she has climbed the corporate ladder from receptionist to First Vice President of Investments of Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. The Women’s Informal Network elected her as one of Detroit’s Most Influential Women in the Financial Industry in 1999. She is a sought-after speaker for many corporations, agencies, labor unions, religious groups, non-profit organizations, youth organizations, women's groups, and schools. She founded and directed the original Money Camp for Teens, and the first Youth Investment group that is incorporated in the United States, Money Matters for Youth. She has also mentored young women that are now professionals in the financial industry. Gail’s book, Girl, Make Your Money Grow; became a number one seller.

Gail Perry-Mason is also a mother of three sons. Her mottos are “Success Benefits Others First” and “Opportunity Doesn’t Happen Without Sharing.”

• Keynote speakers will describe the “state of older women of color” in midlife based on disparities they face:
• Four break-out sessions will deliver specific evidenced-based information on pertinent topics (e.g., cancer screening/prevention, cardiovascular disease, mental health, etc.)
• A Lunch keynote will tie the three platforms (policy, evidence, and community) together
• Followed by a panel of “Community Voices”, Survivors, Immigrants

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Community Healthcare Providers, Social Workers, Nurses, Paraprofessionals, Community-Based Organizations, Churches, etc.

• Gain knowledge of the state of health of women of color health from mid-life to old age.
• Gain knowledge of policies that impact women’s health in Michigan (e.g. Affordable Care Act).
• Gain evidenced-based knowledge about health behaviors and diseases that affect aging, underserved women disproportionately.
• Gain knowledge of strategies to address policy and disease from a community perspective.