In Touch
A Publication of the
Jacobs Institute of Women's Health

Volume 8, Number 1, March 2000

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Current Events

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Awardss & Prizes

Press Releases






Featured Articles:

Annual Excellence Awards to Be Presented May 4
Jacobs-Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical Award Supports Study of Women in Nursing Homes
On the Agenda
Former Researcher Brings Experience to Internship
Contributors to the 1999 Jacobs Institute Annual Fund
Jacobs Institute Founding Board President Gibbs Dies at 76
New Leadership, New Members Drive 2000 Board of Governors
Leadeship Prize Named for Founding President
Leadership Prize Contributors
How We Got Here
New Members

Annual Excellence Awards to Be Presented May 4

This year's Excellence in Women's Health Awards luncheon will honor Jane Brody, New York Times health columnist and best selling author; Sylvia Drew Ivie, executive director of T.H.E. Clinic in Los Angeles; and Jeannie Rosoff, immediate past president of the Alan Guttmacher Institute.

Ms. Brody has been the Times Personal Health columnist since 1976; her column appears every Wednesday in the Times and in over 100 other newspapers around the country. She has authored nine books on health and nutrition, and a collection of her columns was recently published as The New York Times Book of Health.

Since 1988, Ms. Ivie has overseen T.H.E. ("To Help Everyone") Clinic, serving the uninsured in southwest Los Angeles. Before that, she was the executive director of the National Health Law Program in Los Angeles. Ms. Ivie has testified before various federal congressional committees on women's health issues.

Jeannie Rosoff was the Alan Guttmacher Institute's president from 1978 to 1999.
Before that, she held various executive positions with the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She has published numerous articles on women's health issues. In 1990, Ms. Rosoff received the Center for Population Options' "Ten for Ten" Award for vision, leadership, and dedication to preventing too early childbearing and improving life options for adolescents during the 1980s.

Corporate tables for the event are available for $10,000 (five tickets to the VIP reception and two tables of ten), $5,000 (two tickets to the VIP reception and two tables of ten), and $2,500 (a table of ten).

Mark your calendars for Thursday, May 4, 2000. The luncheon will be held from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm at the Swissotel Washington-The Watergate in Washington, DC. For more information, call the Jacobs Institute at 202-863-4990. up_arrow.gif (847 bytes)

Jacobs-Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical Award
Supports Study of Women in Nursing Homes

Kelli F. Koltyn, PhD, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was chosen as the year 2000 Jacobs Institute of Women's Health-Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical Scholar from a field of more than 80 applicants.

Dr. Koltyn will use the $30,000, 12-month grant to examine the association between physical activity, physical functioning, and quality of life in older women living in nursing homes. She specifically will assess whether women who are more physically active have fewer functional limitations than women who are less physically active. She also will identify preferences and barriers towards physical activity and strategies for increasing physical activity levels for older women living in nursing homes.

Women make up about 60% of individuals aged 65 or older and 70% of those 85 or older in the U.S. Decreasing levels of physical activity in older women are associated with subsequent physical limitations. Physical activity has been shown to increase quality of life and could improve day-to-day functioning in older women.

Dr. Koltyn will interview 132 women living in nursing homes in Dane County, Wisconsin. She will use several survey and data collection instruments to assess current participation in different types of activities; measure performance in routine activities, such as bathing, dressing, feeding, and continence; and appraise the quality of life. When the study is completed, the results will be published in the Jacobs Institute's journal, Women's Health Issues. "This is an important study about older women's health, and we are excited to be able to support it," said Martha Romans, executive director of the Jacobs Institute.

Finding ways to improve the delivery of health care services to women is the focus of the annual Jacobs Institute-Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical Scholar in Women's Health Award. Research that considers the changing health care environment, the unmet need for primary and preventive health services, the historic lack of research on women's health, and the importance of social, cultural, legal, economic, and behavioral factors influencing the financing and delivery of health care to women is eligible. The application deadline for the 2001 award is October 15, 2000. For more information about the award, call the Jacobs Institute at 202-863-4990 or click here.up_arrow.gif (847 bytes)

On the Agenda

Guidelines for Counseling Women on the Management of Menopause, by the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health Expert Panel on Menopause Counseling, can be obtained by visiting the web site at or by calling the Jacobs Institute at 202-863-4990. Printed copies are $7.50 plus shipping and handling.

The Health Care Financing Review is seeking manuscripts that address women's health issues across the life span. Areas of particular interest are identifying and impacting diseases, conditions, programs, and policy issues; access to services; and improving outcomes for women. Of particular interest are papers that address these issues among Medicaid or Medicare beneficiaries. Submissions are due June 19, 2000. To request information for authors, call 410-786-6572 or 410-786-3253 or contact the editor-in-chief, Linda Wolf, at .

Agenda for Research on Women's Health for the 21st Century, a report based on four scientific workshops and public hearings sponsored by the Office of Research on Women's Health, is an update of the report Opportunities for Research on Women's Health. To download the Executive Summary or obtain a form to order a free copy of the full report, visit the ORWH web site at

The Office of Minority Health Resource Center launches a quarterly newsletter on HIV/AIDS and racial and ethnic minorities this spring. To sign up for the Center's mailing list, request free literature on HIV/AIDS, or request an application to participate in the Resource Persons Network, visit the OMH-RC web site at or call 800-444-MHRC.

Adolescents and the State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP): Healthy Options for Meeting the Needs of Adolescents presents findings based on a 12-state study and includes innovative strategies to enhance adolescent health coverage. To obtain a copy, call the National Maternal and Child Health Clearinghouse at 888-434-4MCH or visit their web site at

Catholic Health Restrictions Updated, by Catholics for a Free Choice, provides an overview of the group's survey on emergency contraception at Catholic hospitals and reports on recent mergers between Catholic and non-Catholic hospitals. It is available free online (without appendices) at Copies are $20; to order, go to or call 202-986-6093up_arrow.gif (847 bytes).

Former Researcher Brings Experience to Internship
By Amy Jacobs

While it is merely a coincidence that the Jacobs Institute and I bear the same name, it is not a coincidence that I am interning in the field of women's health. As a graduate student in Maternal and Child Health at George Washington University School of Public Health in Washington, DC, my primary interests are reproductive health and adolescent female health. Before arriving in the nation's capital, I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and worked as a researcher at the Center for Research on Reproduction and Women's Health at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center.

At the Jacobs Institute, I am working with Emily Schifrin on several projects, including the annual survey of ACOG Fellows. ACOG's 1998 survey of its Fellows included 14 questions on managed care and its impact on respondents' practice and patients. Analysis of the survey will lead to a better understanding of the influences, both positive and negative, that managed care has had on the field of obstetrics and gynecology. My experience working on the survey results will give me a better understanding of the issues that face health care professionals in an era of managed care. up_arrow.gif (847 bytes)

In Appreciation
Contributors to the 1999 Jacobs Institute Annual Fund

Carola Bruflat, RNC, MSN
Ann Vopel
Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition,
in honor of Jeanne Eisler
Ian Van Praagh, MD, FACOG
Ruth Ellen Bulger, PhD
Reinaldo Figueroa, MD
A. M. Gohari, MD
Lisa Laajala, WRMC Women's Resource Center
Thomas F. Purdon, MD, FACOG
John M. Whitelaw, MD, FACOG
Bruce A. Work, MD, FACOG,
in honor of J. Robert Willson, MD
Shape Magazine
Michelle Laraia, MD
Cindy Cline
Cheri Ann Brodhurst, MD, FACOG
Corinne Walentik, MD, MPH
James P. Youngblood, MD, FACOG
Evelyn M. Karson, PhD, MD,
in honor of Lee Fefferman
Peter J. Wiles, MD, FACOG
Charles S. Mahan, MD, FACOG,
in honor of Charles S. Mahan, Sr.,
MD, FACOG, Founding Fellow of
the American College of
Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Magee-Women's Hospital
Robert I. Fulmer, MD, FACOG,
in memory of Earlene Fulmer
William H. Hindle, MD, FACOG
Nancy L. King, MD, FACOG
Andre B. Lalonde, MD, FACOG,
in honor of Doriana Lalonde
Warren H. Pearse, MD, FACOG
Martha C. Romans
William N. Spellacy, MD, FACOG,
in honor of John L. McKelvey, MD
Rick D. St. Onge, MD, FACOG
Philip C. Williams
Murray L. Nusbaum, MD, FACOG
Samuel G. Smith, MD, FACOG
Jim Linder, MD
Anita Nelson
Richard S. Hollis, MD, FACOG
Harold Kaminetzky, MD, FACOG
Constance M. Ryan, Streck Laboratories
Mary Jo O'Sullivan, MD,
in honor of Michael Sullivan
Joan Leiman, PhD, Columbia College of
Physicians and Surgeons
Rudi Ansbacher, MD, FACOG
John T. Repke, MD, FACOG, Olson Center for
Women's Health, in honor of Warren H.
Pearse, MD, FACOG
Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical
Mary Gerhardstein
Ann Cherny, BSN,
in memory of Walter B. Cherny, MD
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Jacobs Institute Founding Board President Gibbs Dies at 76

C. Edward Gibbs, MD, died Tuesday, January 4, 2000, at the age of 76. Dr. Gibbs served on the Jacobs Institute's Board of Governors from 1990 to 1999. He was a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and past chair of ACOG's Committee on Health Care for Underserved Women, Task Force on the Voluntary Review of Quality of Care, Health Care Commission, and Task Force on Maternal Health Policy. He was a professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and was actively involved in efforts to improve perinatal care in Texas. Dr. Gibbs was the son of the late Dr. Charles E. and Helen Sanderson Gibbs of Bowling Green, MO. He lived in San Antonio for 42 years and was a long-time member and deacon of Manor Baptist Church.

"Ed served on the Jacobs Institute's Board of Governors from its inception until his resignation last fall for health reasons," said Martha Romans, executive director of the Institute. "His leadership and passion for women's health were the Institute's earliest building blocks. We've lost a great friend and leader."
Memorial gifts may be made to the Gibbs Memorial Fund, Jacobs Institute, 409 12th Street, SW, Washington DC 20024, which will be used to support the Institute's annual Charles E. Gibbs, MD, Leadership Prize.
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New Leadership, New Members Drive 2000 Board of Governors

The Jacobs Institute began the 21st century with new leadership: Nikki Heidepriem, JD, became the third president in the Institute's ten-year history. She is cofounder and partner in the public policy and political consulting firm Heidepriem & Mager, Inc. and has served on the Jacobs Institute's Board since 1994.

Ms. Heidepriem brings a wealth of experience to her new position. Trained as a lawyer, she has been involved in private practice, government service, and nonprofit advocacy. Ms. Heidepriem also has over 15 years of political experience. She served as the communications director for Barbara Mikulski's successful 1986 U.S. Senate campaign and has been an advisor to democratic presidential campaigns on targeting the women's vote and on reaching organized constituency groups since 1984.

"Nikki's energy and commitment to women's issues are legendary. She also thoroughly understands the important role of nonprofit organizations and will work to make sure the Jacobs Institute stays true to its mission of advancing women's health," said William Andrews, MD, FACOG, chair of the Board's Nominating Committee.

Ms. Heidepriem currently serves on several boards, including the National Partnership for Women & Families, the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, and Women's Policy, Inc.

The Jacobs Board is strengthened by the addition of Janice L. Bacon, MD, FACOG. As a tenured associate professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology since 1994, Dr. Bacon is also a practicing physician with a special interest in adolescent health.

Dr. Bacon was named one of "The Best Doctors for Women" by Good Housekeeping magazine in August 1997 and has been listed in "Who's Who of American Women" since 1986. Most recently she received a Certificate of Recognition from the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Board of Directors.

Dr. Bacon has been a member of the Executive Board for the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology since 1996 and is currently serving as a special reviewer for their journal. She has also been a medical education technologies clinical trainer for the Norplant System for Central South Carolina since 1991. She earned her medical degree from the University of South Florida and completed her residency at Richland Memorial Hospital, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

"Dr. Bacon is highly regarded as a physician and educator. She brings wonderful
expertise and a fresh perspective to the Jacobs Institute Board," said Martha Romans, executive director of the Jacobs Institute.

Karen Scott Collins, MD, MPH, assistant vice president of The Commonwealth Fund, a New York City-based private foundation, was also elected to join the Board of Governors. Since 1995, Dr. Collins has directed The Commonwealth Fund's programs in women's health; health care, access, quality; and minority health.

"Under her leadership, The Commonwealth Fund has made a significant impact on our understanding of issues in women's health-from health care coverage and quality to mental health, violence against women, and adolescent health. We're delighted that she will bring her vision and policy expertise to the Jacobs Board," said Ms. Romans.

Before joining The Commonwealth Fund, Dr. Collins was an instructor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health in Baltimore, MD. She also worked at the Westchester County Department of Health and New York County Health Services Review Organization, gaining valuable clinical experience. Dr. Collins earned her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College and interned in general surgery at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, followed by a residency in preventive medicine and public health at Johns Hopkins.

Dr. Collins' professional memberships include the American Public Health Association, the American Medical Association, and the National Advisory Council for the Center for Children's Health. She is also a member of the Grantmakers in Health Board and a former member of the Public Health Association of New York City's Board. up_arrow.gif (847 bytes)

Leadership Prize Named for Founding President

The Jacobs Institute's annual Leadership Award has been renamed the Charles E. Gibbs, MD, Leadership Prize to honor the Jacobs Institute's founding Board President for his commitment to women's health. Dr. Gibbs served on the Board of Governors from 1990 to 1999 and was instrumental in shaping the Jacobs Institute's mission and structure. He died earlier this year (see story).

The award is an annual manuscript prize for the best article on an announced topic submitted for publication to Women's Health Issues, the peer-reviewed bimonthly journal of the Jacobs Institute. For 2000, the prize topic is "Putting prevention into practice: closing the gap between what we know and what we do in women's health."

The deadline for submissions for consideration for the 2000 Charles E. Gibbs, MD, Leadership Prize is March 31, 2000. Prospective authors should consult the instructions for authors published in the journal and also available at the Jacobs Institute's web site, (click here). Contributions in memory of Dr. Gibbs will be used to support the Leadership Prize and may be sent to the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health, 409 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024.up_arrow.gif (847 bytes)

Leadership Prize Contributors

Thanks to the following individuals who contributed to the Charles E. Gibbs, MD, Leadership Prize (as of March 1, 2000):

Constance Ryan
Roderick L. Mackenzie
Paul Green
William C. Andrews, MD, FACOG
Texas Association of Ob-Gyn
Jim & Ann McMullan
Anna Lee Watts
Bob & Vivian Dunbar
Jimmy & Shirley Elrod
Carolyn Putnam
George K. Sykes
Janet P. Realini, MD, MPH
Elizabeth Hamner
Dr. Edwin E. &  Janet Harrison
Kristin Marquis
Harvey Marmon
Elaine Wagener
George Morley, MD
Jean R. Setzer
George I. Mason, Jr.
Shirley A. Shelton
Ina Barnes
Richard Todd
Emmett C. Wells, Jr.
Donald Becker
Thomas M. Holcomb, MD
Jean Stevens
Ralph H. Forrester, MD
Colette M. Kohler, MD
Kay E. Thornton
John A. Daniels
Vicki S. Perkins
Doug Elrod and Family
Robert Park, MD, FACOG
Carol S. Weisman, PhD
Robert Brown
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Marian G. Sokol
Community First Health Plans
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How We Got Here

The first in a series on the people and events that shaped the Jacobs Institute's first 10 years.

In 1988, Arlington, VA-based obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. John Bay Jacobs, a founding Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), died, having given a large gift of property to ACOG and the American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Foundation. He had suggested several uses for the proceeds from the sale of his property, including the creation of a national center for women's health issues. Soon after, ACOG agreed to establish the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health.

Dr. Jacobs was born November 25, 1898, in New York City, attended Columbia University for his undergraduate studies, and graduated from the Georgetown School of Medicine in 1921. He completed residencies at two New York City hospitals, the Sloane Hospital for Women and Misericordia Hospital. Dr. Jacobs began his private practice in the mid-1920's in Washington, DC, and for 30 years simultaneously served as the chief of a busy home delivery service that provided free prenatal care and delivery to needy women in Washington. Dr. Jacobs also invented and patented a number of obstetric devices and conducted a research project designed to create an effective method of newborn identification to address mothers' concerns about taking home the wrong baby.

During his career, Dr. Jacobs was a professor at Washington's Howard University Medical School and Georgetown University Medical School. He was chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Arlington Hospital for 22 years and also served as the District of Columbia Health Department's Maternity Service Director.

Today, the Institute strives to carry on Dr. Jacobs' legacy of commitment to improving women's health. up_arrow.gif (847 bytes)

New Members

Welcome to the following new members of the Jacobs Institute, who joined between October 1, 1999, and January 31, 2000. To become a member, complete and return the form on page 3. For more information on membership, call the Jacobs Institute at 202-863-4990 or visit our web site at

Karlis Adamsons MD, PhD,
Al Altomari
Martha Barham, MSN
Mia Benus
Lisa Block
Janet Larson Braun, RN
Melody Burr
Jeanne Clark
Marta Clark
Barbara Day
Jessica Diehl
Dee Fenner, MD
Stehpanie Foster
Sue Jane Fox
Sharon Green
Jillian Henderson, MPH
Kathy Howell
Pamela Hutton
Danielle B. Jackson
Judith Jacobsen
Darhyl B. Jasper
Sharon Johnson
Cindy Kemp
Jay M. Kulkin, MD, MBA
Anne Leake
Susan Lindenmayer
Longview Regional Medical
Catherine Maroney
Janet McCarthy
Sheila McGowan-Conoley, CNM
Terry McKenna
Elizabeth McKinley, MD, MPH
Margaret Morton, MD
Wendy Newman
Diane Nold
Carol Pavlica
Charon Pierson
Renate E. Pore, PhD
Mary Reeves
Debbie Ritter
Cindy Schneible
Suzanne Sem
Sherrie Sitarik, MSN
Nancy Smith
Patricia Steimer
Kathy Swanson, MS
Melinda Staton Sweeney
Haya Taitel
Marian Thallner
Susan Toth
Jennifer Van Berkum, RN
Julia Van Burkleo, MD
Louis Vontver, MD
Rebecca Weiss
Tracy Weitz, MPH
Eleanor Wilson
Christopher Yancey, MD
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