Health Advocacy: Integrating Theory & Practice


Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Health Advocacy: Integrating Theory & Practice
Tuesday, October 25th, 4:30-5:30
West Lecture Hall, Hampshire College

Panel Discussion with:

Vicki Breitbart Director, Health Advocacy Graduate Program (HAP) at Sarah Lawrence College in NYC; Associate Professor at CUNY Hunter School of Public Health; Past President, Public Health Association of NYC; and former VP at Planned Parenthood in NYC; a long-time advocate and leader in the work for reproductive freedom and supporter of the CLPP program at Hampshire.

Linda Koebner 70F Current 2nd year student at Sarah Lawrence Health Advocacy Program; Interned with pediatric intensive care unit at Montefiore Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital in NYC; Also completed a survey of their extensive Family and Social medicine program. After Hampshire, Linda founded and directed the National Chimpanzee Sanctuary System, Chimp Haven for 200 chimpanzees retired from biomedical research and entertainment.

Anna Saeger 08F Div III concentrating in public sexual health education, reproductive justice, and youth empowerment; interned in summer 2010 with the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland. As the public policy intern, she wrote a successful advocacy grant; which she used to both train and travel with a group from the AIDS Taskforce to lobby in Washington DC, in support of federal HIV/AIDS care funding.

Chiloe Barrera-Cloyd 10F Interned during summer 2011 with the Sylvia Rivera Law Project in NYC; facilitated discussion on healthcare access for trans people; conducted community outreach for upcoming trainings and workshops; co-facilitated training on trans-inclusion for Fortune Society, the city’s largest post-incarceration re-entry program; and supported a legal clinic in Queens.

Moderator: Marlene Fried Senior Advisor to the President; Interim President of Hampshire College, 2010-2011; Faculty Director of the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program - a program for reproductive rights education and activism.

About the Sarah Lawrence Health Advocacy Program:
Sarah Lawrence established the first master's program in health advocacy and remains the premier academic program preparing graduates to play a significant role in shaping the future of this field. The program integrates analytical discussion of issues that face the nation's health care system with hands-on experiential fieldwork assignments. Through course work in a wide variety of subjects—including physiology, history, law, health policy, and ethics—students acquire a broad background to help keep them flexible as the profession evolves. The program balances seminar-based studies with on-site supervised training in three field placements, each successive placement solidifying the student's expertise in a chosen career path. Together the seminars and field placements ready students to influence health policy at the system level and to serve individuals in need of health care advising and advocacy. Nationally recognized guest lecturers further supplement the program's offerings.

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