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Free virtual seminar focused on health policy

TWU’s Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy (CWPPP) and the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) will host a day-long virtual seminar focused on women leading the way in health policy. The seminar will be held 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sept. 18, and is free and open to all TWU faculty, staff and students, regardless of campus.

The day’s events include an introduction to federal, state and local health policy decision making and in-depth sessions on food security and maternal and child health. Participants can come and go as their schedule allows. Check out the TWU-PLEN events website for seminar’s agenda.

One notable session will feature Shefali Luthra, health reporter for The 19th, a nonpartisan media outlet that reports on gender, politics and policy, who will moderate a panel of Texas legislators discussing important health issues affecting all Texans. Representatives Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston) and Donna Howard (D-Austin) currently are scheduled to participate. Senator Jane Nelson (R-District 12) will introduce the panel.

“We are excited about partnering with PLEN on this event” said Tammy Key, interim director of the CWPPP, which is part of the Jane Nelson Institute for Women’s Leadership. “With TWU’s legacy of focus on health advocacy, hosting an event of this type just makes sense. We know today’s students will be tomorrow’s leaders in this arena. Providing them with a way to get more exposure and network with others in the field is key.”

As part of this event, the organizers are planning a virtual happy hour for attendees at 5 p.m., Sept. 17, where attendees can network with others attending the seminar. To register for all events, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/twu-and-plen-present-texas-women-in-health-policy-tickets-116672319047


About the Jane Nelson Institute for Women’s Leadership

The Jane Nelson Institute for Women’s Leadership at Texas Woman’s University is dedicated to preparing more women to take on successful roles in business and public service. Through the institute’s three specialized centers—Center for Student Leadership, Center for Women Entrepreneurs and Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy—women get the education to establish careers as successful C-suite executives, the skills for building entrepreneurial businesses and the framework needed to run for public office.


About the Public Leadership Education Network

The Public Leadership Education Network is the only national organization with the sole focus of preparing college women for leadership in the public policy arena. Each year, PLEN brings hundreds of women students from colleges and universities across the country to Washington, D.C. They experience first-hand how public policy is shaped and implemented at the national level. They are better prepared to become the next generation of public policy decision makers.