Women’s health in R.I. is topic of next URI Honors Colloquium lecture, Nov. 13

KINGSTON, R.I. – November 1, 2012 – Rhode Island First Lady Stephanie Chafee, the co-founder and president emerita of the Rhode Island Free Clinic, will speak on Nov. 13 as part of the University of Rhode Island’s Honors Colloquium, which examines the politics and money influencing health care around the world.

All of the lectures in the semester-long series, called “Health Care Change? Health, Politics and Money,” begin at 7:30 p.m. in Edwards Auditorium on the URI Kingston campus. They are free and open to the public.

In her lecture, Chafee will discuss women’s reproductive health issues and how they impact communities in Rhode Island.

A registered nurse with degrees from Boston University and the University of Connecticut, Chafee was one of the first nurses in Rhode Island to work exclusively with HIV/AIDS patients. She is a co-founder of Women Ending Hunger and a community health care advocate. She has served on advisory boards for Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and the Rhode Island Foundation.

Remaining speakers in the colloquium series include Paul Farmer, founder of Partners in Health (Nov. 19), Michael Fine, director of the Rhode Island Department of Health (Nov. 27), and Unni Karanukara, international president of Doctors Without Borders (Dec. 10). On Dec. 4, the medical musical comedy Damaged Care will be performed.

All remaining lectures will be streamed live at www.uri.edu/hc, where the complete schedule of events is also listed. For additional information about the URI Honors Colloquium, contact Deborah Gardiner at debg@uri.edu or 401-874-2381.

The major sponsor of the Honors Colloquium is the URI Honors Program, with sustaining sponsors including the URI Office of the President, Office of the Provost, the Mark and Donna Ross Honors Colloquium Humanities Endowment, and the Thomas Silvia and Shannon Chandley Honors Colloquium Endowment.

Leadership sponsors include the College of the Environment and Life Sciences, the college of Pharmacy, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Multicultural Center, and the Department of Communications and Marketing. Also sponsoring the Honors Colloquium are Cox Communications, the College of Business Administration, Department of Publications and Creative Services, College of Engineering, College of Nursing, College of Human Science and Services, Division of Administration and Finance, Division of Student Life, and Department of Communication Studies of the Harrington School of Communication & Media.

This press release was written by Danielle Sanda, an intern in URI’s Department of Communications and Marketing and a public relations major.