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Karen Feinstein to Launch a Women’s Health Activist Movement during TEDx Talk on November 19 (12:30-2 PM EST)

November 15, 2016

On November 19, between 12:30 PM-2 PM EST, Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) and Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative President and CEO Karen Wolk Feinstein, PhD, will announce the launch of a new network known as the Women’s Health Activist Movement Global (WHAM Global) during a TEDx presentation in Brookline, MA. Dr. Feinstein’s TEDx talk will be livestreamed to a worldwide audience on www.tedxbeaconstreet.com.

During her talk, Dr. Feinstein will explain how a national network of female healthcare leaders, collectively known as Women of Impact, are establishing WHAM Global to empower women to lead efforts to advance healthcare systems that are transparent, respectful, accountable, and equitable. WHAM Global will work to accomplish those goals by leveraging technology to create a vibrant activist community unbounded by geography, and by harnessing the knowledge of female, executive-level healthcare professionals who will mentor a new generation of women leaders.

WHAM Global was co-founded by Dr. Feinstein and Joanne Conroy, MD, CEO of the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center.

Women represent about 80% of the overall healthcare workforce in the U.S. and make 80% of healthcare decisions for their families, according to Rock Health’s State of Women in Healthcare report. But women are vastly underrepresented in leadership positions. Less than ten percent of Top 100 U.S. Hospitals (as rated by Truven Health Analytics) have female CEOs, and under 30% of Top 100 Hospital board members are female. No Fortune 500 healthcare companies led by a female CEO.

“WHAM Global is wired for action,” Dr. Feinstein says. “At a time when our health system is producing poor outcomes while over-consuming resources, the glass ceiling deprives organizations of women leaders who offer new perspectives, consensus-building and mentoring skills, and insights about women’s health.”

In early 2017, WHAM Global will convene women advocacy leaders in health care from across the country to identify partnerships and collaborate on an action plan. WHAM Global’s activist community will collaborate online and through a boots-on-the-ground chapter that will be established in the Pittsburgh region.

To learn more about WHAM Global, visit www.whamglobal.org.

About The Jewish Healthcare Foundation

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) is a public charity that offers a unique blend of research, education, grantmaking and program management to advance the quality of clinical care and health of populations, with a focus on improving the quality, efficiency, and safety of health care. JHF and its three operating arms—the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI), Health Careers Futures (HCF), and the Women's Health Activist Movement Global (WHAMglobal)— are located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and serve a national and global audience. JHF is also a founding member of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI). For more information, visit www.jhf.org.

David Golebiewski
Jewish Healthcare Foundation
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