Center at UMass Amherst Sponsors Seminar on Poverty, Racism and Prisons

AMHERST, Mass. - The Center for Research and Education in Women''s Health at the University of Massachusetts is holding a seminar titled "Poverty, Racism, and the Prison Industrial Complex," Mon., April 3 at 4 p.m. in Memorial Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

The guest speaker is Ellen Miller-Mack, nurse practitioner and HIV coordinator at Brightwood Health Center in Springfield. She worked at University Health Services and at Hampshire College prior to joining the Brightwood Health Center in 1990. Miller-Mack is one of several community-based clinicians at the center and provides gynecological and HIV care to women held at the Hampden County Correctional Center in Ludlow.

Anne M. Stoddard, director of the Center for Research and Education in Women''s Health, says Miller-Mack''s talk focuses on a couple of key themes. "One of the major ethical issues for women''s health today is the problem of disparities in health and health care due to race, culture, and class," Stoddard says. "The impact of socio-cultural disparities on the health and well-being of women is particularly evident among those who are incarcerated."

The event is sponsored by CIGNA Healthcare of Massachusetts and Connecticut.