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            Dr. Florence Haseltine to be recognized for her dedication to women’s health

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 4, 2012) – An innovator in women’s health research, mobile health technology, and population sciences, Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) founder, Florence Haseltine, MD, PhD, will be awarded the Friends of the United Nations Foundation Population (UNFPA) 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award for the Health and Dignity of Women and Girls at its annual Gala in New York City this evening, October 4.

Friends of UNFPA is the official U.S. support organization for UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, which supports women’s and girls’ health and promotes their status in over 150 countries around the world. It is the largest multilateral source of such assistance with a budget of more than $750 million annually.

This prestigious award honors Dr. Haseltine’s decades of service to women’s health and improving access to care for women and girls worldwide. She is a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist by training, a reproductive endocrinologist, biophysicist, journal editor, novelist, and inventor. Dr. Haseltine was instrumental in advocating for the inclusion of women in clinical trials through her founding of SWHR in 1990. As Director of the Center for Population Research, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health, a position she held until her retirement this spring, Dr. Haseltine oversaw the work of the world's largest program of research in the population sciences.

“It is an honor to be recognized for my work, and even more for a lifetime of work,” said Dr. Haseltine. “There are so many aspects of women's health that need to be improved and there are infinite ways to help. I am glad I have been able to contribute as a physician and scientist, and draw attention to the needs of women's health research.”

Dr. Haseltine received her doctorate in biophysics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her Medical Degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at a time when the profession was not welcoming to women. A public servant of the highest caliber, Dr. Haseltine has served on such distinguished boards as the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Society for Gynecologic Investigation. She is a Weizmann Honored Scientist, a Kass Lecturer, a recipient of the American Women's Medical Association Scientist Award, a recipient of the Kilby Award, and a Health Hero honoree of the American Health for Women Magazine.

“On behalf of SWHR we congratulate Dr. Haseltine on this impressive award in recognition of her lifelong commitment to the health of women and children globally,” said Phyllis Greenberger, MSW, president and CEO of SWHR. “Dr. Haseltine’s dedication and reputation are legendary and her devotion to women and children’s health and status throughout the world is an inspiration to us all.”


For more information on the Society for Women’s Health Research please contact Rachel Griffith at 202-496-5001 or rachel@swhr.org.

The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR), a national non-profit organization based in Washington D.C., is widely recognized as the thought leader in women’s health research, particularly as sex differences impact health. SWHR’s mission is to improve the health of all women through advocacy, education and research. Visit SWHR’s website at www.swhr.org for more information.


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