Successful First Annual Neighborcare High Point Women’s Health Forum
Early this year, Neighborcare Health sponsored the first annual Women’s Health Forum in Seattle’s High Point neighborhood. The event was organized to discuss issues affecting women’s health, such as pregnancy, nutrition and the relationship between the mind and physical well-being. Around 90 women attended the forum held at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center where child care was available. They represented the diversity of the neighborhood, and translators also attended to facilitate the presentations and discussions.
Neighborcare staff members and AmeriCorps members helped plan the forum. One of the keynote speakers was Neighborcare staff physician, Raji Venkateswaran, who practices out of our Rainier Beach Medical Clinic. Some of her patients even traveled over to hear her speak. Dr. Venkateswaran says that "the interactive format of the forum encouraged the women who attended to ask questions and listen to others, allowing them to feel the support of each other, their community and their clinic. I really enjoyed being a part of it."
Based on the success of the forum and the enthusiasm of the guests for the information provided, we hope to make this an annual event.
Photo (left to right): Halee Hyatt (Neighborcare volunteer), Lauren Arnesen (AmeriCorps member); Ayan Abdi (Neighborcare interpreter); Ariell DeSure (Neighborcare volunteer); Nikki Waiss (Neighborcare volunteer); Amy Tseng (AmeriCorps member).