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School of Medicine Greenville

Women Leaders Learn to Optimize Health at Inaugural Day of the Woman Conference

USC School of Medicine Greenville hosted its inaugural Day of the Woman Conference Saturday, bringing together more than 100 local health, community, and business leaders to discuss learn about the pillars of optimal health for women. 

Gathering in the newly dedicated C. Dan Adams Lecture Hall, Dr. Marjorie Jenkins, dean of the USC School of Medicine Greenville, delivered the Ruth Wilson Nicholson Women’s Health Endowed Keynote Address and discussed “Disadvantages and Dangers of One-Size-Fits-All Medicine.” 

Following her address, Jenkins invited her co-authors of the book, “Why Women Aren’t Winning at Health,” Dr. Alyson McGregor, Associate Dean of Clinical Faculty Affairs and Development at the school, and Anca Griffiths, CEO of OM Health Hub, to join her on a panel discussing patient tools for advocating for one’s health. 

During breakout sessions, attendees delved into collective health issues and brainstormed solutions addressing a variety of perspectives and backgrounds. Later, at the community health fair, participants connected with community organizations to engage with available resources to enact changes they discussed. 

Robert Wilson, chair of the Sargent Foundation, provided opening remarks in the morning and recognized his mother, Ruth Wilson Nicholson, a pioneer of educational opportunity for female nurse practitioners in South Carolina. The Greenville City Council issued a proclamation declaring Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024, as the USC School of Medicine Greenville Day of the Woman in recognition of the school’s impact on the community and in honor of Ruth Wilson Nicholson. 

Sharing education and tools with the community is an integrated part of the lifestyle medicine curriculum at the School of Medicine Greenville, which is dedicated to training health professionals who are involved and make positive impacts on the local community’s health. 

A recording of the live stream is available on the USC School of Medicine website. 

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