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Click here to view a photo gallery of this year's National Women's Health Week celebration at Rho Ristorante in Trenton


Celebrating Women's Health In New Jersey

2016 Annual Women’s Health Luncheon -- Lively and Inspiring Presentations for Healthier Living

The New Jersey Primary Care Association successfully hosted its Twelfth Annual National Women's Health Week Luncheon at Rho Waterfront in Trenton on May13th.

Over 100 attendees reflected on the importance of women's health through lively presentations intermixed with some impressive dance moves to a live steel band. Why the steel band and tropical decor?  Community Health Centers are responsive to the healthcare needs of the communities that they serve. As each community varies, so does the NJPCA Women’s Health Luncheon.   Each year, the NJPCA features a different type of music and cuisine from across the state that is representative of the diverse cultures in New Jersey. 

This year, the speakers provided lighthearted and uplifting presentations about the importance of Women’s health and engaged the audience with a guided imagery exercise, taking the healthcare pledge, and the importance of carving out the time in our busy lives.  Presenters also discussed information concerning heart disease and screening ages for breast, colon and cervical cancer; as well as the importance of oral health. We put words into action by concluding the presentations with some dance moves for health.

Speakers included:

Sandra Bennett-Pagan, LCSW, the Regional Women's Health Coordinator with the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Region II

Cheryl Donaldson, Deputy Regional Administrator, US Department of Health & Human Services Health Resources & Services Administration

Assemblyman Jamel Holley, representing New Jersey’s 20th Legislative district

Dr. Tanya Pagán Raggio-Ashley, MD MPH FAAP, DHHS HRSA Office of Regional Operations, New York Regional Office Division II

Attendees from across the New Jersey healthcare landscape included a spectrum of industries and interests, including the Department of Health, health center CEOs and staff, elected officials, hospital and insurance company representatives, lobbyists, mental health agencies and consumer advocates as well as legislative staff.  Thank you for making the 2016 NJPCA Women’s lunch successful!

The NJPCA was proud to feature one of its Trenton neighbors as the chosen artist of Women’s Health Week. See below for the picture displayed on the brunch brochure. Walter Roberts Jr. is a member of the Trenton A-Team, an artists’ cooperative supported by the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK). The A-Team artwork is always on display at the soup kitchen, and proceeds from all sales go directly to the artists. 


National Women’s Health Week is an observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health. The goal is to empower women to make their health a priority. The week also serves as a time to help women understand what steps they can take to improve their health. The 2016 National Women’s Health Week begins on Mother’s Day, May 10, and celebrated until May 14, 2016.

National Women's Health Week embodies a national effort by an alliance of government organizations to raise awareness about manageable steps women can take to improve their health. One of the goals of the FQHCs is to improve the overall health of women in New Jersey by identifying resources that will aid them in adopting and living healthy lifestyles. For more than 50 years, FQHCs have provided quality, affordable healthcare to the underserved and uninsured, nearly half of which are women of childbearing age. 

To learn more about National Women’s Health Week and how you can get involved, visit the official site.

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