About Women's Healthcare

Women's healthcare, from adolescence to adulthood, is dynamic and ever-changing.  The health issues facing women and girls not only result from their perception of health and wellbeing, but are also influenced by individual and societal knowledge and understanding, political empowerment, socioecnomics and social mores.   Women worldwide suffer from poorer health than men but receive a smaller share of healthcare resources and a smaller proportion of research and development efforts. 

The design, planning, implementation and maintenance of women's healthcare have been fragmented when considered alongside men's health. In addition, women's healthcare has traditionally failed to meet the needs of women when focused on specific conditions unique to women instead of a comprehensive, integrated approach across all fields of medicine.  Healthcare education and clinical programs that mirror those desigend for men often fail to address the unique biologic and social differences women have. There is a need to integrate knowledge of these differences in the care that extends beyond gynecologic, breast and bone health.

Women's Health in the USA

At the beginning of the 20th century, women in the United States (U.S.) mostly died from infectious diseases and complications of pregnancy and childbirth. In 2006, the chronic conditions of heart disease, cancer, and stroke accounted for 55 percent of American women's deaths, and they continue to be the leading causes of death for women.  Women have a longer life expectancy than men, but they often fail to live those extra years in good physical and mental health. On average, women experience 3.1 years of reduced physical functioning at the end of life, and in 2008, 14 percent of women aged 18 and older who were surveyed said they were in fair or poor health

About The Summit

The Maya Angelou International Women’s Health Summit will bring together individuals, groups, agencies and organizations across a comprehensive spectrum of women's health interests, including laboratory science, clinical practice, social, behavioral and political sciences.  The mission for the summit is to make a major contribution to improving the health of women in the United States and internationally.  As a community-hospital based affiliate, many of the initiatives will focus on clinical care and education programs from which research data will be gathered to assess the success of programs and further develop the best practices for outreach and clinical care.


Novant Health is the continuing medical education provider for this activity. This live activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essentials Area and policies of the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) and the Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). Novant Health is accredited by the NCMS to provide continuing medical education for the physicians.

Credit Designation Statement

Novant Health designates this live educational activity for a To Be Determined Amount of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and ANCC CEUs and takes the responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.  Novant Health Corporate Education and Training is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Policy on Faculty and Sponsor Disclosure

Novant Health Adheres to NCMS and ACCME Standards regarding industry support of continuing medical education, and disclosure of faculty and commercial support relationship, if any, will be made known prior to or at the activity.

ADA Statement

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  • Maya Angelou

    I learned a long time ago the wisest thing I can do is be on my own side, be an advocate for myself and others like me. If I do that well enough, then I'll be able to look after someone else — the children or the husband or the elderly. But I have to look after myself first... some people think that's being selfish, I think that's being self-full."

     Sincerely, Maya Angelou