NIH News Release
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
NIH Office of Research on Women's Health

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, October 6, 2000

Contact:
Marc Stern
(301) 496-2535

Community Prevention Research in Women's Health Conference Begins on Thursday, October 26th

NIH will host the Community Prevention Research in Women's Health Conference on Thursday, October 26th , and Friday, October 27th. The Conference will highlight results from the 11 Women's Health Initiative (WHI) Community Prevention Studies. In these studies, innovative prevention, intervention, and evaluation methods are being used to meet the health needs of all women–with a focus on minority women. Topics will include cardiovascular disease, physical activity, diabetes, menopause, medical decision-making, hormone replacement therapy, and hysterectomy research.

Presentations at the Conference will review effective methods of assessing physical activity in women; discuss methods for preventing cardiovascular disease through risk modification, including diet, physical activity, and smoking cessation interventions; outline methods for osteoporosis prevention through appropriate screening and nutritional interventions; describe methods for managing diabetes mellitus in minority women; and promote shared health care decision-making between diverse groups of women and their health care providers. Experts in the field of prevention research will discuss the results and their relevance to women's health.

Presentations from invited studies of critical importance to women's health such as the Study of Women across the Nation (SWAN), Conventional and Complementary Alternative Menopause Practices (CCAMP), and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality-Hysterectomy Trials will also occur. Foundations and Societies including the National Osteoporosis Foundation, the Lilly Foundation for Women's Health, the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association will discuss their commitments to and activities in women's health research. Selected poster presentations of original research results from highly meritorious projects in women's health will also be presented.

Demonstrations of products developed by the Women's Health Initiative Community Prevention Studies to be utilized in the prevention of diseases with major impact on women will be available for viewing. A highlight of these activities is that the ENDOW (Ethnicity, Needs, Decisions of Women) Project has received the Telly Award for the development of a 15 minute video entitled "Hysterectomy: the Decision is Yours". The purpose of the video is to educate women in effective ways of communicating with their health care providers about hysterectomy, and to teach decision making skills that women can use in making decisions about all aspects of their medical care. The target audience is women who have been told that they may need a hysterectomy or who have conditions for which hysterectomy is a treatment option; however, important skills are demonstrated that will be useful for other complex decisions that women face.

This conference is co-sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute's Women's Health Initiative; National Institutes of Health's Office of Research on Women's Health; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion; the American Heart Association Council on Epidemiology and Prevention; and the University of Alabama School of Medicine, Divisions of Continuing Medical Education and Preventive Medicine, and the UAB Center for Health Promotion. The Conference site is the Masur Auditorium within the NIH Clinical Center (Building 10) in Bethesda, Maryland. Registration is free but attendees should register for the Conference by contacting Adventure Travel by mail at Adventure Travel, 1810 Merchants Drive, Birmingham, Alabama 35244, attn: Angela Vernon, by email at angelav@adtrav.com, by phone at 1-800-635-7139, by fax at (205) 444-5004 or for electronic registration visit our website at www.dopm.uab.edu/whicps.