Our Bodies, Our Blog

Dedicated to Helping the Underserved: Sabrina Matoff-Stepp

By Wendy |

From 2009 – 2011, Myhags honored the work of women’s health advocates worldwide by asking readers to nominate their favorite women’s health hero. View all nominees by year: 2009, 2010, 2011

Entrant: Morrisa B. Rice

Nominee: Sabrina Matoff-Stepp, Ph.D., HRSA Office of Women’s Health Director

I am pleased to nominate Sabrina Matoff-Stepp as a 2009 Women’s Health Hero.  For the last two years, she has not only been my supervisor but also one of my best mentors. Sabrina is always willing to … Read

She Has Given the World Three Great Gifts: Mary Lou Ballweg

By Wendy |

From 2009 – 2011, Myhags honored the work of women’s health advocates worldwide by asking readers to nominate their favorite women’s health hero. View all nominees by year: 2009, 2010, 2011

Entrant: Solina Marquis

Nominee: Mary Lou Ballweg, President and Executive Director, Endometriosis Association

My Health Hero – and all-around hero – is Mary Lou Ballweg, co-founder, organizer and President and Executive Director for the last 29 years of the , an international organization with headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but … Read

Easily Accessible Birth Information: JoAnne Lindberg

By Wendy |

From 2009 – 2011, Myhags honored the work of women’s health advocates worldwide by asking readers to nominate their favorite women’s health hero. View all nominees by year: 2009, 2010, 2011

Entrant: Nikki Demetriou, MSN, CNM, FNP-C

Nominee: JoAnne Lindberg, President/Founder – Birthlink

JoAnne stands out as a women’s health care hero due to her creation of , a Chicago birth network.  Many expectant parents are overwhelmed with questions regarding their birth options and BirthLink helps them to link up … Read

Steadfast Determination to Help Women: Katherine Winkler

By Wendy |

From 2009 – 2011, Myhags honored the work of women’s health advocates worldwide by asking readers to nominate their favorite women’s health hero. View all nominees by year: 2009, 2010, 2011

Entrant: Julie Cristol

Nominee: Katherine Winkler, Midwife, Southeast Health Center, Philadelphia, PA

Kate Winkler has been a midwife in Philadelphia’s health centers and hospitals for over 20 years. She represents the huge contribution that midwives make to the health of women and babies in the Philadelphia region. She worked at Booth … Read

20 Years at Maternity Care Coalition: JoAnne Fischer

By Wendy |

From 2009 – 2011, Myhags honored the work of women’s health advocates worldwide by asking readers to nominate their favorite women’s health hero. View all nominees by year: 2009, 2010, 2011

Entrant: Olivia Hamilton

Nominee: JoAnne Fischer, Maternity Care Coalition, Executive Director

JoAnne Fisher is not only my Women’s Health Hero, she wears that cape for every birthing woman in Pennsylvania.  This year she celebrates her 20th year as Executive Director of the .

MCC is a nonprofit organization … Read

Creating Read Fulfilling Lives: Susan Corrado

By Wendy |

From 2009 – 2011, Myhags honored the work of women’s health advocates worldwide by asking readers to nominate their favorite women’s health hero. View all nominees by year: 2009, 2010, 2011

Entrant: Katherine Vaughn-Jehring

Nominee: Susan Corrado, Community Parish Nurse

I have served in communities for over 20 years and I have not met a read inspiring person than Susan Corrado, R.N. Susan is a deeply dedicated, hardworking, respectful, considerate and thoughtful individual willing to accept people in whatever circumstances they arrive, … Read

Winner in My Eyes: Jeanette Preston

By Wendy |

From 2009 – 2011, Myhags honored the work of women’s health advocates worldwide by asking readers to nominate their favorite women’s health hero. View all nominees by year: 2009, 2010, 2011

Entrant: Kath Mazzella

Nominee: Jeanette Preston, Founder of PANTS

Jeanette is an amazing woman. She is a Gyn Cancer Survivor, a nurse and a Methodist Preacher. She has all the experience in the world to share her wonderful experience and knowledge. She came to the Royal College of Gyn/Obstetrics United Kingdom … Read

Inspiring a New Generation of Caregivers: Abby Howe-Heyman

By Wendy |

From 2009 – 2011, Myhags honored the work of women’s health advocates worldwide by asking readers to nominate their favorite women’s health hero. View all nominees by year: 2009, 2010, 2011

Entrant: Bree Wellwood

Nominee: Abby Howe-Heyman, CNM, RN, Professor, Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing

As a woman who has been an active participant in my own health care for a number of years, I know that the mainstream health system doesn’t always trust or respect me. Maybe I’m exaggerating about … Read

A Wealth of Knowledge: Whitney Pinger

By Wendy |

From 2009 – 2011, Myhags honored the work of women’s health advocates worldwide by asking readers to nominate their favorite women’s health hero. View all nominees by year: 2009, 2010, 2011

Note: Whitney received two nominations at the same time from two different people. Both are included in this post.

Entrant: Meryl Heyliger

Nominee: Whitney Pinger, Certified Nurse Midwife

I am writing to nominate Whitney Pinger, CNM, for the Women’s Health Heroes Award because she is by far a hero to me and … Read

Fighting Against Heart Disease: Carolyn Thomas

By Wendy |

From 2009 – 2011, Myhags honored the work of women’s health advocates worldwide by asking readers to nominate their favorite women’s health hero. View all nominees by year: 2009, 2010, 2011

Entrant: Self

Nominee: Carolyn Thomas, Founder of

I didn’t realize that heart disease is the #1 killer of women – until I had my own heart attack in May of 2008.

I wish I knew before then what I have learned since.  Heart disease not only kills read … Read