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2008 - Health & Well-Being

2008 Women and Girls in Georgia Conference
Paul D. Coverdell Center
Saturday, October 2, 2010

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Registration & Welcome


A Workshop on Helping Girls and Their Families Create Healthier Lifestyles
Mandy Jarriel, Georgia College & State University



Sports & Exercise

Your Next Steps: Facilitating Successful Sport Experiences for Girls
Pamela Noakes, National Association for Girls and Women in Sport

Sprint Interval Training Improves Insulin Resistance, VO2max, and Central Circulatory Capacity in Sedentary, Overweight Women
Jennifer Trilk, U of Georgia

Session Chair: Kristen McCauliff, University of Georgia

Issues Related to Aging

Women’s Health and Aging
Anne P. Glass, University of Georgia

MyHealth. MyMedicare: A Health Insurance for Aged and Disabled Women
Iris Bermudez & Judy Weaver, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Session Chair: Mimi Sodhi, University of Georgia


Midwifery & Maternal/Child Health

History of Midwifery in Georgia
Caroline Bowman, University of Georgia

Latino Immigrants’ Use of Traditional Medical Practices for Maternal and Child Health in Athens, Georgia
Madalena Monteban, University of Georgia

Session Chair: Cecilia Herles, University of Georgia

Lesbian Health

Identity, Culture & Lesbian Health in Georgia
Sarah Stanton, MPH, Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative

Black Queer Women Confront Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell in Black Communities Shannon J. Miller, University of Georgia

Session Chair: Brooke Campbell, University of Georgia


Violence & Health

The Treatment of Dating Violence: An Intergenerational Approach
M. L. Parker, University of Georgia

The Effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder on Physical Health
Sally K Sheppard, Sexual Assault Center of Northeast Georgia, Inc.

Group Treatment Approaches for Working with Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse: Strategies and Interventions
Jessica Parrillo & Allie Smith, University of Georgia

Session Chair: Monica Gaughan, University of Georgia

Environmental Health & Paradigm Shifts

Women’s Environmental Health and Women’s Health Activism: Tritium Exposure Risks For Women in Communities along the Savannah River
Lisa Ledwidge, Institute for Energy and Environmental Research
Amanda Hill and Bobbie Paul, Atlanta Women’s Action for New Directions

Environmental Health of Women & Girls
Jill Jennings McElheney, Micah's Mission

Health Empowerment: A Womanist Perspective
Layli Phillips, Georgia State University

Session Chair: Kelly Happe, University of Georgia


Registration and Breakfast

Pilates with Nichole Ray


Be Present Workshop:
Sisters & Allies: Sustaining Healthy Leaders for Social Justice Using
The Be Present Empowerment Model® to Look at the Issues of Race, Gender, Power & Class
Lillie P. Allen, Annie Tobias Allen, LaVerne Robinson, and Arianna Robinson,
Be Present

Session Chair: Maria Bermudez, University of Georgia


Rethinking Obesity

Make Love Not War: Shifting the Cultural Paradigm from the “War on Obesity” to “Love Your Body”!
Dina Zeckhausen, Eating Disorders Information Network

Fat Acceptance: Encouraging Healthy Body Image in Personal and Clinical Settings
Allison Salmon, U of Georgia

Session Chair: Juanita Johnson-Bailey, University of Georgia

Incarceration & Health

Beyond Survival: Exploring Positive Well-being Among Incarcerated Women
Sarah M. Vitorino, Emory University

Realities for Incarcerated Women
Susan D. Patton, Lee Arrendale State Prison, Alto, GA

Session Chair: Patricia Richards, University of Georgia

Teen Sexuality

Precocious puberty in Girls: Implications for Teen Pregnancy Prevention
Joanne Chopak-Foss, Bridget F. Melton, Swati Raychowdhury,
Georgia Southern University

“What Does She Expect When She Dresses Like That?”: Teachers’ Perceptions of Emerging Adolescent Female Sexuality
Regina Rahimi, Armstrong Atlantic State University
Delores Liston, Georgia Southern University

Session Chair: Linda Grant, University of Georgia


Addressing Addiction

How to Incorporate a Feminist Perspective in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services through Faith Based Initiatives to African Americans
Angela R. Taylor, Aisha D. Williams, Yarneccia D. Hamilton, Whitney M. Young Clark Atlanta University

Women and Addiction: Adjusting and Succeeding in Life After Treatment Andrew Cooper & Joyce Sloan, Families First

Session Chair: Mimi Sodhi, University of Georgia

Sexual Health on Campus

Current Trends in Collegiate Sexual Health
Katy Janousek, University of Georgia

Filling the Gaps of Learning, Negotiating the Barriers to Advocacy
Hannah Vann, Suzanne Bottorff,
Mercer University

Session Chair: Stephanie Burwell, University of Georgia

Reproductive Justice
Digesting Politics: What’s Next with Reproductive Justice at the State Capitol -- A Conversation with Advocates
Feminist Women’s Health Center

Session Chair: Karen Schlanger, University of Georgia

Keynote: Dr. Susan F. Wood
Director, Jacobs Institute of Women's Health at George Washington U

Women’s Health: Challenges from the Past & Opportunities in the Future


The Importance of Feminist Disability Studies
Kim Hall, Appalachian State University


Addressing Teen Pregnancy

Second Chance Homes: Creating Opportunities
Vincent Smith & Jennifer Driver, Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention

Teen Pregnancy Prevention: Using What Works
Andrea Sharpe, Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention

A Benefit-Cost Analysis of Implementing an Effective Teen Pregnancy Prevention Curriculum in Athens-Clarke County Schools
Karen Schlanger, University of Georgia

Session Chair: Stephanie Tingler, University of Georgia

On Depression

Postpartum Depression: What the Self-help Books Say
Kirstin McMillen, Georgia State University

The Impact of Depression on Parental Competence and Parental Stress for Latina Victims of Domestic Violence
Tovah A. Choudhury, Leon M. Silvers, Martha E. Hage, Natalia A. Hernandez, Caroline A. Lippy, Josephine V. Serrata, Julia L. Perilla
Georgia State University

Gender Disparities in Youth Suicidal Behaviors: A Closer Examination of Risk Factors for High School Girls
Bethany A. West, Frances McCarty, Monica H. Swahn , Georgia State University

Session Chair: Karen Sichler, University of Georgia

Promoting Girls’ Health
Color 2 Color:
A Peer Support Group for Bi-racial and Multiracial Teenage Girls
Heidi Nibbelink with students from Clarke Central High School in Athens, GA

Session Chair: Lauren Chambers, University of Georgia


Prevention, Awareness & Latina Women’s Health

HPV/Cervical Cancer Workshops: Transforming Awareness into Action – Effectively Strategizing for Latina/os Health
Sayuri Espinoza, Feminist Women’s Health Center

Living with HIV/AIDS: Latina Women’s Narratives
Sandra Yudilevich, University of Georgia

Session Chair: Doris Kadish, University of Georgia

Creativity & Wellness

A Space for Girls in Literature
Jeannina Perez & Ashley Retz, University of Central Florida

Expressive Arts Therapy:
A Feminist Approach to Navigating the Realm of the Imagination
Tzipporah Gerson, University of Georgia

Session Chair: Minsun Shim, University of Georgia

Addressing Eating Disorders

Eating Disorder Symptoms in a Group of Muslim Women
Yusra Ahmed, Florida State University

Making Eating Disorder Prevention Cool: Breaking Through Resistance in School Systems
Kris Shock, Eating Disorders Information Network

Session Chair: Mandy Jarriel, Georgia College & State University

Closing Reception and Wrap-up

The WAGG Conference is made possible through the Women & Girls in Georgia Fund. You can contribute to the Fund online at

Thank you to this year’s cosponsors: the College of Public Health, The National, Marti’s at Midday, Dondero’s Kitchen, & Big City Bread

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