Women’s health in Wisconsin to be discussed March 21 at Ripon College

“The State of Women’s Health in Wisconsin,” a panel discussion, will be presented March 21 at Ripon College. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Great Hall, Harwood Memorial Union, on the campus. Admission is free and open to the public. The sponsors are the Center for Politics and the People, The League of Women Voters of the Ripon Area, Ripon College’s Women’s and Gender Studies Honor Society Triota, Ripon College Feminists and Panhellenic Council.

Topics of the discussion will include reproductive health, depression and postpartum maternal health, infant mortality, disparities in mortality faced by minority women, and chronic health conditions. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions. Panelists will be Dorothy Skye, board president of the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin and a retired obstetrician-gynecologist; and Jenny Higgins, director of UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity and professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Skye practiced in obstetrics and gynecology for 30 years, at the Naval Regional Medical Center in San Diego, California, and at Ministry Healthcare in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, part of that time serving as medical director at Ministry Healthcare. Before becoming president of the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, Skye was president of the League of Women Voters of the Northwoods.

Higgins, after receiving her Ph.D. in gender and women’s studies and a master of public health in global health from Emory University, completed one postdoctoral fellowship in HIV/AIDS and sexuality at Columbia University and one in contraceptive technology at Princeton University.

At UW-Madison, she also is affiliated with Sociology, Population Health Sciences and the La Follette School of Public Affairs. She is director of the UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity, a research initiative focused on reproductive healthcare access and delivery, policy evaluation and communication to address critical needs in reproductive health and healthcare in Wisconsin. The focus is on rigorous research and providing access to policy-relevant information regarding contraception and abortion access in Wisconsin and beyond.

(Photo: Dorothy Skye, left, and Jenny Higgins)

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