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    Dynamic, Diverse, Engaged

    WOMEN & GIRLS INITIATIVE: THE STATUS OF NEW HAVEN WOMEN & GIRLS

    In Late 2010, a thoughtful, diverse, and powerful group of women with extensive ties to the New Haven community came together in a meeting room and asked, “What is the status of women and girls in New Haven?”  And our answer became the impetus for this unprecedented effort to paint a clear and compelling picture of New Haven’s women and girls – to create the inaugural report on the Status of Women & Girls in New Haven.

    Understanding the disparities that women and girls face in health, education, economic security, and earning potential as well as in safety and political leadership, this group set out to obtain and compile the data that would highlight the challenges faced by women and girls in our community.  The resulting document, authored by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, is meant for policymakers, advocates, and communities to review and use as a tool for advancing the lives of women and girls and thus improve the well being of the entire community.

    This report has four main goals:

    • To Provide Baseline Information on Women and Girls in New Haven 
    • To Inform Policy and Program Priorities for Women and Girls in New Haven
    • To Provide Easily Accessible Data on Women and Girls in New Haven
    • To Create a Platform for Advocacy and Dialogue on Issues Affecting Women and Girls in New Haven

    We are excited about this report and its potential to leverage resources that will improve the status of women and girls in New Haven.  And while all the data it presents cannot capture every facet of women’s lives, we hope that the report and the dialogue and action it fosters  will ensure that New Haven’s residents can benefit from a quality education, enjoy healthy lives and families, achieve economic security, and actively engage in the community.  A copy of the report can be found here and the presentation version of the report can be found here.

    We welcome you to review the report and then take action on behalf of the women and girls in New Haven.

    Chisara N. Asomugha, MD, MSPH, FAAP & Carolyn M. Mazure, Ph.D.
    Co-Chairs, Consortium for New Haven Women and Girls

    WHO WE ARE: THE CONSORTIUM FOR NEW HAVEN WOMEN & GIRLS

    Dr. Chisara N. Asomugha
    Community Services Administrator
    City of New Haven
    Consortium Chair

    Dr. Carolyn Mazure
    Director, Women’s Health Research at Yale
    Professor of Psychiatry
    Yale University School of Medicine
    Consortium Co-Chair

    Ms. Nancy Alexander
    Consultant and Past Chair
    Community Fund for Women and Girls

    Sister Mary Ellen Burns
    Director
    Apostle Immigrant Services

    Ms. Sharon Cappetta
    Director of Development
    Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

    Ms. Maria Damiani
    Director of Women’s Health
    New Haven Health Department

    Ms. Suzannah Holsenbeck
    Yale Co-Op Partnership Coordinator
    Director of Co-Op After School
    Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School

    Ms. Mubarakah Ibraham
    Chief Executive Officer
    Balance Fitness

    Ms. Latrina Kelly
    Development Director
    Junta for Progressive Action

    Ms. Jillian Y. Knox
    Police Officer
    New Haven Police Department

    Ms. Ebony McClease
    Graduate Assistant, Women’s Studies Program
    Graduate Intern, Women’s Center
    Southern Connecticut State University

    Dr. Megan V. Smith
    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & in the Child Study Center
    Yale BIRCWH Scholar (NIH OWRH/NIDA/NIAAA
    Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health Program)
    Yale University School of Medicine

    Ms. Lynn Smith
    Senior Vice President of Community and Business Development
    Start Community Bank

    Ms. Sandra Trevino
    Executive Director
    Junta for Progressive Action

    Ms. Tomi Veale
    Coordinator, Youth@Work
    Youth Department
    City of New Haven

    Ms. Patricia Wallace
    Director, Elderly Services Department
    City of New Haven

    Ms. Shirley Ellis-West
    Supervisor of Street Outreach
    New Haven Family Alliance



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