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25 September 2000

SF Conference to Cover Topics That Impact Young Women

Self-esteem, leadership, reproductive rights, herbal medicine and healthy dating relationships are just some of the many issues to be explored at "Healthy Hearts, Healthy Lives…Young Women on the Rise," a major health conference for young women, Tuesday, October 17, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 99 Grove Street, San Francisco.

The UCSF National Center for Excellence in Women's Health and State Senator Jackie Speier are cosponsoring this first annual event, in cooperation with the San Francisco Unified School District. The free conference is open to San Francisco high school aged girls.

Keynote speakers at the general session include: environmental investigator Erin Brockovich; Melinda Pengel, San Francisco Police Department Deputy Chief; astronaut Dr. Yvonne Cagle; Kathy Rodgers, director of the National Organization for Women's Legal Defense and Education Fund; Nely Galan, entertainment executive; and Janice Mirikitani, San Francisco Poet Laureate.

KRON news anchor Pam Moore and local television personality Jan Yanehiro will emcee the conference.

About 1,000 girls from San Francisco are expected to attend the conference. Seventeen organizations -- including Balboa Teen Health Center, Women's Institute for Leadership Development, UCSF Women's Health and Lyon Martin Health Services -- will present workshops on a broad range of topics that shape the lives of young women every day.

"The challenges facing adolescent girls are great, particularly issues around their physical and emotional health," Speier said. "This conference is hopefully a prescription to help guide them in the choices they make."

Many of the workshops and presentations will be youth led. Other conference topics include learning to love your body at any size, demystifying the pelvic exam and sexuality.

"The young women on our youth steering committee asked for factual, straightforward information that will enable them to make informed, smart decisions regarding their health and well-being -- and that is exactly what we have planned," said Nancy Milliken, MD, director of the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women's Health. "In workshops and the general session, participants will be empowered with tools and resources to take charge of their health and well-being."

For more information, please call 415/557-7857 or 415/885-3796.

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