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June 19, 2001

Scholars to Examine Intergenerational, Women's Issues

The Institute for Health & Aging (IHA) and the National Center of Excellence in Women's Health (CoE) have selected two new fellows for their work on intergenerational and women's issues.

Patrick Henderson, who has been writing about his experiences as a grandparent, was named a fellow for the Senior Scholars Program. Tracy Weitz received a similar honor for the Tish Sommers Program for her work on gender and Social Security.

"It is exciting to bring in scholars who are working on issues directly related to the life course with an intergenerational perspective," said Carroll L. Estes, PhD, director of the new collaborative program between IHA and CoE. While at the IHA in 1998, Henderson began writing a column on grand parenting for Seattle Family Magazine. Last year, he began writing a narrative memoir about the ten years of life with his granddaughter, and he continues to write about the blending of families through divorce, remarriage and death as well as issues of intergenerational support systems. He hopes to publish a book in 2002.

Weitz, project director for the Center for Reproductive Health Research and Policy at UCSF and a senior advisor for the CoE, is a lifetime advocate of women's health and reproductive rights. She holds a master's degree in public administration with an emphasis in health care and is currently a doctoral student in medical sociology at UCSF.

In 1999, she co-chaired the San Francisco Older Women's Health and Wellness Summit and recently published an article "Adding Aging and Gender to the Women's Health Agenda" in the Journal of Women and Aging. She is a former board member of the National Women's History Project and a current member of the advisory council to the Women's Health Collaborative. In 1999, she was a winner of the UCSF Chancellor's Award for the Advancement of Women.

Institute for Health and Aging
National Center of Excellence in Women's Health 


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