A Woman's Journey 2018

Join us for our annual event about women’s health featuring Johns Hopkins Medicine faculty. 

Each year, the A Woman’s Journey health symposium offers relevant women’s health information delivered by Johns Hopkins Medicine experts who are at the forefront of medical advancements and research across various medical specialties.

At Johns Hopkins All Children’s, we know healthy women support healthy, thriving families, which is why we’re committed to helping women across our region learn, share and explore the latest in health care topics.

This empowering one-day program offers the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of women’s health issues from renowned Johns Hopkins faculty physicians.

The event will feature the latest information about the national opioid crisis and how it impacts women, what the genes and chromosomes that make up our DNA reveal about risks for disease and the opportunities they offer for more precise treatments and how changing the composition of bacteria in our bodies affects our health.

Attendees will learn from Johns Hopkins Medicine experts, including some based at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. Dr. Prabhu Parimi, Dr. Sandra Brooks and Dr. Melissa Crenshaw work at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg and are developing programs that will support mothers, babies and families throughout Florida and beyond. 

Event Registration and Locations

Register today to reserve your seat at a 2018 A Woman’s Journey event near you.


Wednesday, February 28
9:30 a.m.-Noon
The Bryan Glazer Family JCC

St. Petersburg

9:30 a.m.-Noon
Thursday, March 1
The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art


9:30 a.m.-Noon
Friday, March 2
The Ritz-Carlton

*Registrations must be received by Friday, February 16.

Gifts made during the event will benefit the creation of the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Fetal Care Program, which seeks to provide seamless care for high-risk expectant mothers while improving the long-term outcomes for both mothers and their babies.

Speakers and Topics

Opioid Epidemic 

Psychiatrist Kelly Dunn addresses the alarming rise of addiction to opioids among a wide range of demographics. Misuse and increasing availability of opioid analgesics have fueled this national problem. Explore symptoms, associated problems and the natural course of this treatable illness among adults seeking pain relief. 

What Our Genes Reveal 

It has been 15 years since the National Institutes of Health announced the completion of the Human Genome Project. Pediatric geneticist David Valle provides a quick refresher about genes, chromosomes and DNA, what our genes reveal about our risk of disease, and the future role of genetic sequencing in personalizing medical treatments in adults.

Microbiome and Probiotics 

Trillions of bacteria live in our gut. Learn about the unique environment known as the microbiome, its benefits, how it communicates with the brain and why changing its natural composition can promote disease from internist and infectious disease specialist Cindy Sears.

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Panel Discussion: Impacting Children’s Health

The program concludes with a panel discussion about how Johns Hopkins All Children’s pediatric experts are addressing the impact of opioid addiction, advancements in genetics, and the microbiome on children in our community and beyond. ‚Äč

About A Woman’s Journey

More than 20 years ago, two remarkable Baltimoreans approached Johns Hopkins Medicine with an idea that would affect the lives of thousands of women. Both survivors of cancer, Mollye Block and Harriet Legum wanted to empower women to make effective health care decisions for themselves and those they love. Johns Hopkins Medicine accepted their challenge. The result has been a powerful health conference, A Woman's Journey. Since 1995, this one-of-a-kind health education program has annually offered seminars—all taught by Johns Hopkins faculty physicians and scientists.

Learn more about A Woman’s Journey 


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