Women’s Health: Bringing Disparities to the Forefront

Saturday, Nov. 14 | 11 a.m.–Noon

State policymakers have provided significant leadership in building more complete health care systems around breast and cervical cancer, unique health issues for women. But women’s health care goes far beyond those unique issues. Heart disease is the number one killer of women; one in four new HIV infections occur in women; and, according to the FBI, approximately 1,500 women are killed each year by husbands or boyfriends. Women are more likely to be called on to be caregivers for aging and disabled relatives, adding to their own health risk. In this session, a panel of experts will discuss health issues facing women and consider how legislators can become champions for policies that address these issues.




kingsbergSheryl A. Kingsberg, Ph.D.

Sheryl A. Kingsberg is a clinical psychologist and professor in the Department of Reproductive Biology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and is the chief of the Division of Behavioral Medicine in the Department of OB/GYN at Case Medical Center, University Hospitals of Cleveland.
Kingsberg is the current president of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Healthand is an active member in numerous other national and international organizations including the American Psychological Association, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the Society for Sex Therapy and Research and the North American Menopause Society.
Kingsberg has authored numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts as well as several book chapters on topics including menopause and sexuality, sexual aversion disorder, the treatment of psychogenic erectile dysfunction, oocyte donation and infertility. She sits on the editorial boards for the journals Menopause and the International Journal of Impotence Research.  Her primary research interests are in sexual medicine and the psychological aspects of infertility and menopause. 


Cara V. James, Ph.D.

Cara James is the senior policy analyst for the Race, Ethnicity and Health Care group and the director of the Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. James’ research interests include racial/ethnic minority health, care for the disabled and other underserved populations, and improving doctor patient communication.
James earned a doctorate in health policy from Harvard University, her dissertation research focused broadly on issues related to quality of care and racial and ethnic health disparities. Specifically, her research centered on the experience of patients with end-stage renal disease at dialysis facilities across the country.  As a doctoral student, James co-authored one of the background chapters for the Institute of Medicine’s report Unequal Treatment.
Before entering Harvard, James worked for the Picker Institute on projects related to quality of care in hospitals and in managed care organizations. She also worked as a case manager at a group home for women who were mentally retarded. Cara received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Harvard.