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Free must-attend UCA seminar focuses on reproductive health

Reproductive health is one of the most critical, yet misunderstood, areas of development
Reproductive health is one of the most critical, yet misunderstood, areas of development
Robin Wulffson, MD

Reproductive health is not only a topic of significant interest in the US but also globally. On September 4, the UCLA Center for World Health is hosting a free seminar on reproductive health that is open to the general public by reservation. Following a screening of a 25-minute documentary, “Misconception”, produced by Participant Media, a panel discussion will focus on international family planning. I consulted with Thomas Coates, PhD, director of the center and co-director of the University of California Global Health Initiative. He is also featured as a panel member at the event.

Dr. Coates explained that reproductive health is one of the most critical, yet misunderstood, areas of development. Issues such as contraception and abortion are hotly debated based on religious, cultural, and personal viewpoints. He notes that the seminar should provide valuable and accurate information on reproductive health. The seminar is a combination of a panel discussion and review of the topic. The seminar will not only discuss women’s reproductive health, but also men’s. Dr. Coates’ areas of emphasis and expertise are HIV prevention, the relationship of prevention and treatment for HIV, and HIV policies. His domestic work has focused on a variety of populations, and he is currently finishing a nationwide clinical trial of an experimental HIV preventive intervention focused on high-risk men.

Other panel members include: Latanya Mapp Frett, Vice President, Global Planned Parenthood Federation of America; Jessica Yu, Director Misconception; and Monique Coleman, actress, and Girl Up Champion. Congresswoman Karen Bass will be present as a special guest. She is US Representative of the 37th Congressional District and ranking member of the Subcommittee on Africa. Closing remarks will be made by Terry McCarth, President and CEO. Los Angeles World Affairs Council.

The event will be held on Thursday, September 4 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Tamkin Auditorium, Ronald Reagan Medical Center, 757 Westwood Plaza, 90095. Following the panel discussion, attendees are invited to stay for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and more conversation. To RSVP e-mail: UNFoundationLA@unfoundation.org.