UMass Amherst to Host Seminar on Sexual Health for Women on Dec. 1

AMHERST, Mass. - The Center for Research and Education in Women’s Health at the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts will hold a seminar on women’s sexual health Tues., Dec. 1, at noon in the Campus Center Auditorium. The talk is free and open to the public.

Jean J. Schensul, director of the Institute for Community Research in Hartford, Conn., will give a talk titled "Empowering Women for Sexual Decision-Making." Schensul is a medical/educational anthropologist whose talk will focus on intervention research aimed at women in Africa, Latin America, the U.S., and South and Southeast Asia.

She will outline approaches, practices, and policies designed to make women equal partners in defining their sexuality and sexual and reproductive health. Schensul’s career has focused on developing community-based research institutes in the U.S., Peru, and Sri Lanka to address the health and development of women and children. She is conducting long-term research on women’s health, sexuality, and decision-making in Mauritius and Sri Lanka, and is also a consultant to intervention research in Senegal on HIV prevention through economic development.

Schensul has been a consultant to the World Health Organization, the World Bank, and the International Center for Research on Women. The immediate past president of the Society for Applied Anthropology, Schensul teaches anthropology at the University of Connecticut and is a senior fellow in the department of psychology at Yale University.

The seminar is sponsored by CIGNA HealthCare of Massachusetts and Connecticut and the Five College Culture, Health, and Science Certificate Program.