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Women's health author to speak in San Antonio

Dr. Ester Shapiro, editor of Nuestros Cuerpos, Nuestras Vidas, the recent Spanish adaptation of a classic women’s health book, will speak in San Antonio on Friday, March 9. Event sponsors include the School of Nursing at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Dr. Shapiro will speak at 9 a.m. March 9 in the Visual Arts and Technology Center, Room 120, at San Antonio College.

Nuestros Cuerpos, Nuestras Vidas is based on the English version of Our Bodies, Ourselves, but moves beyond translation to address issues that are of particular interest and relevance to Latinas. Among the highlights explored are:

·        Mutual help as a primary health concern and its potential conflict with the self-help culture of the United States;

·        Spirituality as a major contributing factor of wellness;

·        Abortion for women who come from a culture with strong religious influences;

·        High rate of tobacco use among Latinas;    

·        The relationship of sexual and family values on contraception use and family violence.


Dr. Shapiro’s talk, part of the local events celebrating Women’s History Week, is an example of how local women’s and nursing groups consider community and family to be integral components of working with women to address their health care needs. The School of Nursing, the San Antonio College Women’s Center, the Martinez Street Women’s Center, Hispanas Unitas, and Planned Parenthood of San Antonio and South Central Texas are sponsoring the event.

For more information, call Dr. Pat Kelly, R.N., at 235-5190 or Judy Kovacs-Long at 733-2299.

Contact: Will Sansom