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8 February 2000

Women Mentors Honored

Two women from Center for Health and Community programs, who have worked to improve the lives of women, have been selected to receive the Chancellor's Award for the Advancement of Women.

Tracy Weitz, manager of UCSF's National Center of Excellence in Women's Health; and sociology graduate student Melanie Egorin were among four recipients of the Chancellor's Award.

Weitz, who has worked at UCSF past eight years at San Francisco General Hospital Medical Center, Mount Zion and Parnassus, played a pivotal role in 1996 in responding to a request for proposals that resulted in UCSF's designation as a Center of Excellence (COE) in women's health. As center manager, she promotes comprehensive clinical care for women, multidisciplinary research, and partnerships with women's health advocacy groups with the goal of improving the health of women. Weitz also developed the COE's Women's Health Internship Program, which provides opportunities to young women from diverse backgrounds who want to learn more about women's health and contribute to the health of their community.

As a mentor in this program, Weitz encourages interns to explore controversial issues and to consider how their work will impact the broadest number of women. Interns have gone on to pursue higher education in schools of medicine and public health, to work in the community and at UCSF, according to nomination letters. Egorin has mentored students at UCSF. A graduate student in sociology, Egorin has worked with the Women in Life Sciences (WILS) peer mentoring program and the Doctoral Forum in the School of Nursing, which she helped organize. Her research focuses on women with AIDS, with an emphasis on their reproductive options, their access to care and the health care providers who treat them. Her master's thesis examined communication between adolescents and their mothers about HIV and condom use. Recently, she was asked to speak at the American Sociological Association's national conference.

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