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Einsteins Community Lecture Series To Highlight Womens Health

February 27, 2004 -- (BRONX, NY) -- On Tuesday, March 23, 2004, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University will host the third program in its continuing Community Health Lecture Series. It will focus on health concerns related to menopause, culled from the results of the Women’s Health Initiative – the largest study ever about women’s health. Beginning at 5 p.m., the lecture will be held in the Robbins Auditorium of the Forchheimer Building on Einstein’s Resnick Campus (1300 Morris Park Avenue at Eastchester Road). Admission is free, no advance registration is required, and a buffet reception will be offered.

Leading the discussion of this important health concern will be Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller, Ph.D., and Pamela Charney, M.D., following introductory remarks from Councilwoman Madeline Provenzano.

“We at Einstein are pleased that we can offer this series to address health concerns of interest to our local community,” said Dr. Dominick P. Purpura, the Marilyn and Stanley Katz Dean at Einstein. “It has been gratifying that our first two lectures, on memory and aging, and on diabetes, were both well-attended and well-received. And we’re especially pleased to have Councilwoman Provenzano offer opening remarks at this important lecture on women’s health.”

Dr. Wassertheil-Smoller is the principal investigator of the Women’s Health Initiative at Einstein, which is the only such center in New York City among the 40 sites involved in the nationwide study. Dr. Smoller has been a member of the Einstein faculty since 1969 and was appointed professor of epidemiology and population health in 1980. 

Dr. Charney is a renowned internist, whose focus is heart disease in women. She is a co-investigator in the Women’s Health Initiative, as well as a clinical professor of medicine and an associate clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology and women’s health at Einstein. She also serves on the faculty at Yale University School of Medicine. 

Councilwoman Provenzano represents the 13th Council District in the Bronx, which includes Morris Park, the home of the College of Medicine. She has served the local community in the New York City Council since 1997. In her role as Councilwoman, she chairs the Committee on Housing and Building and is a member of the committees on Finance; Government Operations; Rules, Privileges & Elections; and Standards & Ethics. Councilwoman Provenzano also is Chair of the Bronx Delegation of the NYC Council and a member of the Council’s Mammogram Screening Task Force. She began her career in public service at the grass roots level – advocating for education, health care, and elder care through community activism. 

Most recently, her efforts in behalf of her constituents include co-sponsoring the life-saving Defibrillator Bill and revising the NYC Electrical Code and the Fire Sprinkler Bill. She also has submitted legislation for tax assistance for senior citizens and for disabled homeowners, and has sponsored free flu shots and free mammograms in the community, as well as bone density and prostate screenings. Born and raised in Staten Island, she has lived in the Bronx for more than 40 years.

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For additional information about The Einstein Health Lecture Series, 
please call 718-430-3101. No reservations are required.