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The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing to Host International Congress on Women’s Health


The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) will bring together the world’s leading researchers, clinicians, educators, and community advocates to address women’s health issues across the globe at the 21st International Council on Women’s Health Issues Congress, November 6-9, Baltimore. Rarely hosted in the U.S., this is the first time the conference will be held in Baltimore.

The objective of the conference—Scale and Sustainability: Moving Women’s Health Forward—is to initiate conversations to enhance women’s empowerment, decrease inequity, and promote the health and well-being of women worldwide in the context of sustainable development goals.

Main conference topics will include:

  • Gender equality and empowerment

  • Social determinants of health

  • Maternal and child health / family planning

  • Women’s rights

  • Violence against women and girls

  • Women’s health policy

  • Female aging

  • Chronic and mental illness

  • Gender issues

  • Heart disease

As Counsel General for ICOWHI, Patricia Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN, Dean of the JHSON, says investing in a global community of clinicians and supporters is fundamental to improving women’s health. “In order to effect change, we must understand the universal experiences and health problems of women, while recognizing the policies, infrastructures, and cultural factors that differ and influence communities globally. This conference is an opportunity to create and further networks, strengthen existing models of care, and identify innovative solutions that can be leveraged across the world.”

More than 100 experts from across the globe, including 15 faculty and students from the JHSON, will give presentations and serve as moderators for group discussions. The event will feature representatives from universities and institutions in Australia, Hong Kong, Canada, China, Thailand, Austria, South Africa, and more.

The lineup of key speakers includes researchers and providers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston University, the Consortium of Universities for Global Health, and more.


Located in Baltimore, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is a globally-recognized leader in nursing education, research and practice and ranks #1 nationally among graduate schools of nursing and #2 for DNP programs, according to U.S. News & World Report. In addition, the school is ranked by QS World University as the No. 2 nursing school in the world and is named the “Most Innovative Nursing Graduate Program in the U.S” by Best Master of Science in Nursing Degrees. The school is among the top nursing schools for Federal Research Grants and National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. For more information, visit www.nursing.jhu.edu.

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