On October 12, 2018, the UCI Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing co-hosted the Orange County Women’s Health Project (OCWHP) 6th Annual Women’s Health Summit on the UCI campus. The theme was “Exploring the Intersection of Social Determinants and Women’s Health in Orange County.” The OCWHP hosts annual summits to bring stakeholders together to advance women’s health in Orange County, and every year, the summit is highly attended by nurses and other clinical practitioners.

The goal of this year’s Summit was to highlight social determinants of health, such as immigration status, income, violence, and housing status, and to learn about ways to improve the health of women in OC through prevention and early intervention using social determinants to identify those at risk.

UCI Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing Founding Dean Adey Nyamathi gave the keynote address, entitled “Impact of Social Determinants of Health on the Lives of Women Globally.”

Professor Candace Burton co-chaired the summit, spoke on a panel entitled “Specific Determinants and Women’s Health in OC,” and moderated the panel “Social Determinants of Health Policy and Practice.”

The OCWHP Project Coordinator, Sydney Minchin, said, “It was obvious from being in the room that providers in Orange County are passionate about these issues and are concerned about how social issues like immigration, poverty, violence, and housing instability are impacting our communities in Orange County. Addressing these issues is critical for advancing the health of women in Orange County.”

The OCWHP hopes to continue to motivate health care providers to get involved in task forces and advocacy work. For more information or to get involved with the OCWHP, please visit www.ocwomenshealth.org or contact Sydney Minchin, OCWHP Project Coordinator, at minchin@ocwomenshealth.org.