Women’s Health Task Force

Women's Health Task Force

 

MISSION & PURPOSE

The mission of the Women's Health Task Force (WHTF) is to raise awareness, facilitate collaborative research, apply knowledge, and improve women's health and quality of life following SCI.

The Women’s Health Task Force seeks to understand gender differences and the physical and psychological health of women following spinal cord injury. Our task force offers exciting opportunities for ACRM members looking for ways to become involved, get connected, and make a difference in the lives of women with SCI. We seek people who are willing to lend their time, expertise, and leadership to help the task force further its mission.

 

Heather Taylor

CONTACT

CHAIR: Heather Taylor, PhD

Director for Spinal Cord Injury Research
TIRR Memorial Hermann

 

 

JOIN US!

If you are interested in participating in one of the following initiatives, or would like to become a member of this task force, please contact Heather Taylor, +1.713.797.5908.

 

CURRENT PROJECTS

  • Initiative 1: Support and assist with a scoping research review on women’s health after SCI
  • Initiative 2: Produce educational products from the Pelvic Health webinar series
  • Initiative 3: Support the accessible diagnostic medical equipment regulations mandated by the Affordable Care Act

 

TASK FORCE PRODUCTS

Pelvic Health Matters

One of our initiatives included supporting the development and promotion of a series of webinars collectively titled "Pelvic Health Matters.” These webinars, presented between 6 April and 18 May 2016, highlighted important topics specifically for women with physical disabilities, including SCI.

Presentations were conducted by experts in the field, several of whom were women with disabilities. Below are the sites for each webinar and a detailed webpage that includes links to captioned recordings and transcripts for each session with accompanying supplementary materials. See full details >>

SESSION 1: Pelvic HEALTH for WOMEN with Mobility Impairments

  • Margaret Nosek, PhD, Director of the Center For Research on Women with Disabilities at Baylor College of Medicine
  • Sophie Fletcher, MD, urologist and specialist in women's pelvic health, Sutter Pacific Health Foundation in Santa Rosa, CA

SESSION 2: Pelvic Health Transitions for Girls with Mobility Impairments

  • Ellen Fremion, MD, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine-Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine

SESSION 3: Bladder and Bowel Issues That Affect Sexuality

  • Leanne Beers, MPH, PhD (c), specialist in human relations, health communications, body image and intimacy among individuals with disabilities
  • Meena Outlaw, author, SCI advocate
  • Liza Criswell, OTR, ATR at TIRR Memorial Hermann

SESSION 4: Access to Quality Pelvic Health Care for Women with Mobility Impairments 

  • Wendy Wilkinson, JD, ADA specialist
  • Earlene Sesker, training coordinator for US Access Board