Issue No. 8
A Healthful Voyage
Date: October 1, 2013
For the fifth straight year, Johns Hopkins Healthcare case manager Dawna McGlynn says she’s found the perfect way to earn continuing educational credits: by attending A Woman’s Journey (AWJ), the Johns Hopkins-sponsored conference focused on women’s health. “There’s useful information on many pertinent health issues, and the presenters are very accessible,” says McGlynn, who sees women of all ages at the Internal Medicine clinic at Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Outpatient Center.
Now in its 19th year, AWJ brings together nearly 1,000 people from Baltimore and several other states for a potpourri of health seminars—32 each year—including the role of inflammation in disease, adult attention deficit disorder and emotional aspects of aging. This year’s event, which takes place on Nov. 16 at the Hilton Baltimore Hotel, features award-winning journalist, best-selling author and cancer awareness advocate Katie Couric. “She’s made a real commitment to Johns Hopkins and research fundraising since her husband died of colon cancer,” says Leslie Waldman, director of consumer and physician engagement, who helped create the annual event.
Couric will headline a roster of 30-plus Johns Hopkins physicians, who will share advances in medicine across disciplines. Working closely with cancer survivor co-chairs Mollye Block and Harriet Legum, along with Assistant Dean Christine White and an army of staff and volunteers, Waldman says she’s always searching for compelling speakers and topics that resonate with women. Sessions on nutrition remain a big draw, she says.
This year, McGlynn plans to attend a seminar on menopause and testosterone in women, a topic very much on her mind since she entered middle age—and a concern for some of the patients she counsels. McGlynn has already passed along a finding she heard from a neurologist at a previous AWJ conference: Memory loss in people ages 35 to 70 showed only a 10 percent decline by age 70. “He told us that memory loss is related more to stress and multi-tasking,” she says. “That’s something I share with a lot of people.”
—Judy F. Minkove