Urbanization’s Impact on Women’s Health to be Explored at Upcoming UCLA School of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series

Dr. Afaf Meleis of the University of Pennsylvania to Discuss How to Make Cities Healthier for Women at Nov. 28 Kickoff of UCLA's Third Annual Speaker Series

(LOS ANGELES – October 22, 2012) – Dr. Afaf Meleis, professor of nursing and sociology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, will be the kickoff speaker in the 2012-2013 UCLA School of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series. Dr. Meleis will discuss "A Journey into the Future: Urbanization and Women's Health" on Nov. 28 in the James West Alumni Center Conference Room at UCLA.

One of the nation's leading researchers and spokespersons on the topic of how urbanization affects women's health, Dr. Meleis, Ph.D., DrPS (hon), FAAN, is the Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing at UPenn's School of Nursing. For the past several years, the University of Pennsylvania and its School of Nursing have led an effort to raise the visibility of urban women's health issues, watching the message resonate and changing perspectives along the way.

In her remarks at UCLA, Dr. Meleis will examine the impact of urbanization on women's health and what the future holds. She will present a plan for the future and discuss the science needed to create innovative solutions to make cities healthier for women.

The second presentation in this year's series will take place on Feb. 21 and will feature Dr. Barbara Bates Jensen discussing how best to care for wounds, the prevalence of which has created a pandemic with global and local implications. Dr. Jensen, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, is associate professor at the UCLA School of Nursing and David Geffen School of Medicine.

The Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series, now in its third year, features groundbreaking work being accomplished by UCLA School of Nursing alumni around the country and the world.

All proceeds from these events go toward the establishment of the Distinguished Alumni Scholarship. Cost is $80 for both events and $45 if attending just one. More information regarding the series, the scholarship or the speakers may be obtained by contacting Teresa Valenzuela at 310-794-6393 or tvalenzuela@alumni.ucla.edu or by visiting the registration site at https://giving.ucla.edu/son_speaker_Series/.

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