June 8: Chicago Health Connection Fundraiser

Attention Bryn Mawrters (and friends)!

An invitation from Judith Weinstein ’85 and Ina Warriner ’91: Judith and Ina both serve on the Board of Chicago Health Connection, a not-for-profit that has worked since 1986 to train women in underserved communities as healthcare workers, birthing assistants (doulas) and breastfeeding peer counselors. These women are trained to support young mothers in their own communities during pregnancy, birth and early childhood. The mothers in need have limited financial resources and are often underserved by the medical communities in their own neighborhoods because of language and cultural barriers.

CHC is now recognized as a national leader in community-based training and maternal and child health promotion but, as a not-for-profit, it receives all its funding from grants and donations so this is our plan to raise some funds. It is going to be a casual, interesting (fascinating, really) women’s-health-centered afternoon (with excellent Cuban food)!

You are Invited to an Afternoon of Tapas and Talk at Café Bolero
A Fundraiser for Chicago Health Connection

Sunday, June 8, 2008
4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Café Bolero (ZAGAT Rated)
2252 North Western Avenue
Free parking at National City Bank, Belden @ Western

Tapas and Cash Bar (“Chicago’s best Mojitos”)
“Some of the most authentic Cuban food you’ll find in Chicago.” Citysearch Chicago.

Featuring: Christina Perez, author of Caring for Them from Birth to Death: The Practice of Community-Based Cuban Medicine

RSVP requested by June 5, 2008: Ina Warriner (warrineri[at]gmail.com) or Judith Weinstein (jwein7[at]aol.com), Board Members, Chicago Health Connection

Minimum suggested donation: $45

All proceeds will go directly to help support the community-based programs of Chicago Health Connection to improve women’s health in resource-constrained Chicago neighborhoods through peer-counseling and community engagement.

Donations of other amounts greatly appreciated.

$100 supports training for a breastfeeding peer counselor

$250 provides a scholarship for a doula

$500 underwrites breastfeeding peer counselors for a week

$1000 pays for one day of training for ten doulas

If you are unable to attend, please consider donating online at http://www.chicagohealthconnection.org

Praise for Christina Perez:

“In her superb book, Christina Pérez offers the most incisive analysis of the Cuban health system yet to appear in the English language. Based on remarkable interviews and observations during several years of research in Cuba, this definitive work will become a classic. The book illuminates the integration of complementary and alternative medicine within primary care, as well as Cuba’s path-breaking approaches to social medicine and public health.” –Howard Waitzen, Distinguished Professor, Departments of Sociology, Family and Community Medicine, and Internal Medicine, University of New Mexico.

“This engaging narrative of preventive community-based medicine practiced in spite of a long and punishing U.S. embargo, brings the reader to tears. Perhaps this story told by ordinary family doctors, nurses, and patients…can open the imagination of Americans so desperate before our own hijacked and moribund health care system. -Renny Golden, Professor Emerita at Northeastern Illinois University.

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