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September 26, 2002


Sterk To Deliver Fourth Annual Mary Lynn Morgan Lecture

Emory University behavioral scientist Claire Sterk, Ph.D., will present "Empowering Women: The Health Challenges that Lie Ahead" at the Mary Lynn Morgan Annual Lectureship on Women in the Health Professions. The event will take place on Tuesday, October 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Michael C. Carlos Museum Reception Hall.

"Women's challenges are more complex than they used to be and the health care system is still assuming a more traditional role for us," Dr. Sterk says. "They haven't realized the changes that have taken place in women. We live stressful lives."

Research has shown that women are typically more likely to postpone seeking care for themselves if there are others for whom they are responsible. And although they seek help, they procrastinate when it comes to serious health issues, Dr. Sterk says.

"Women have to be equipped to negotiate the health challenges that lie ahead of them - for their physical as well as their mental health," Dr. Sterk continued. "We need to teach skills. Public health professionals have a responsibility to develop women-focused intervention that focuses on women as well as those who provide the services. Unless we tap into both of those, we're less likely to be successful." Above all, Sterk stresses a focus on prevention instead of intervention and crisis management.

Dr. Sterk is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. Her work and research has solidified her standing as a leading national and international figure in the field of public health anthropology. Some of best-known work includes research on the causes of substance abuse among women, multigenerational drug use, and the lives of women in prostitution in the era of AIDS. For more information about the lecture, call the Emory Women's Center at (404) 727-2000.

The Mary Lynn Morgan Annual Lectureship on Women in the Health Professions honors one of Emory's most beloved and respected citizens. Mary Lynn Morgan graduated from Emory University School of Dentistry in 1943. She was elected to the Emory Board of Trustees in 1974, the second woman to serve. Named as a trustee emerita in 1991, Dr. Morgan continues to serve on the Board's Academic Affairs Committee.

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