MayaTech’s Center for Community Prevention and Treatment Research recently published “Community Coalitions’ Gender-Aware Policy and Systems Changes to Improve the Health of Women and Girls” in the Women’s Health Issues journal. The article reflects research into the HHS Office on Women’s Health-funded Coalition for a Healthier Community (CHC) Initiative. MayaTech researchers Shelly Kowalczyk, Dr. Suzanne Randolph, and Dr. Linda Oravecz (on sabbatical from Towson University) conducted the research and concluded that community coalitions are effective in influencing policy changes at multiple levels to address the specific health needs of women and girls. Lead author, MayaTech’s Shelly Kowalczyk, MPH, CHES, commented on the article, stating “The contributions of the CHC coalitions to the development and implementation of numerous gender-aware policies is a positive step towards increasing gender equity and improving health outcomes.

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The MayaTech Corporation presented six papers at the APHA 2016 Annual Meeting and Expo, held October 29 - November 2, 2016, Denver CO