2005 Excellence in Women's Health Awards Luncheon
On May 19, the Jacobs Institute celebrated its annual Excellence in Women’s Health Awards Luncheon at the Decatur House in
Washington, DC. Doreen Gentzler, co-anchor for NEWS4 at 6 and NEWS4 at 11, presented the Excellence Awards to the two honorees: Our Bodies, Ourselves and Sarah Brown, MPH.
Managing editor Heather Stephenson, Board member Rachel Wilson and former graduate intern, Jin In, accepted the award on behalf of Our Bodies, Ourselves. The book's groundbreaking candor about sexuality and reproductive issues broke society's silence around women's bodies and lives. A national bestseller, both the book and the organization have contributed to the public discourse on women's health by asserting that women need to become expert in their own health issues and savvy as the country's largest segment of health workers, health consumers and health decision-makers.
Sarah Brown is the Director of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, a private and independent non-profit that she helped set up in 1996. The Campaign's mission is to improve the well being of children, youth, and families by reducing teenage pregnancy. Before founding the Campaign, Sarah was a senior study director at the Institute of Medicine and has served on advisory boards of many influential national organizations, including the Alan Guttmacher Institute, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the DC Mayor's Committee on Reducing Teenage Pregnancies and Out-of Wedlock Births, and Teen People magazine. Throughout her career on public health, Sarah has received numerous national awards for her work on teen pregnancy and maternal and child health, most recently receiving the Cecil Award for Research from the Institute of Medicine.