While we continue to face the health challenges of a post-COVID-19 society, the science behind mental and physical illness is constantly evolving, and misunderstanding these complex issues can result in devastating consequences. In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, NOW has chosen to celebrate the whole woman: her mind, her body, and her soul.  

The nation’s ongoing mental health crisis has undoubtedly caused damage to women’s mental, reproductive, and physical wellbeing. As a result, this series will recognize the power of healing and empowerment as we reclaim our strength. In tandem with fellow activists, experts, and leaders of health-focused organizations, NOW is pleased to introduce our weekly series Women’s Health NOW! Mind, Body, Soul.  

We invite NOW members and ally activists to join us in this important conversation as we continue our efforts to fight against health inequalities, identify the lack of access to women’s health resources, and seek to end violence against all women. 

Thursday, May 12: Let’s Be Mindful: Mental Health Awareness  

Trenia Parham, Executive & Leadership Coach

Trenia Parham is an Executive & Leadership Coach for mission-driven women leaders. She’s dedicated to supporting leaders who feel depleted and exhausted transition to leading, working and having impact in a way that’s sustainable for them and the organizations they lead.

Trenia has an M.S. in Social Work from Columbia University and 20 years of diverse experience as a Social Worker, Relationship Coach, author and leader in the nonprofit, NGO and public sectors. You can find out more about Trenia and Sustainable Leadership Coaching at treniaparham.com or follow her on Instagram @lovetrenia

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Thursday, May 19: Let’s Get Clinical, Body Talk! – Part 1: Reproductive Health -Sexual Empowerment 

Iffath Abbasi Hoskins, MD, FACOG

ACOG President Iffath Abbasi Hoskins, MD, FACOG, is a clinical professor and director of patient safety in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at New York University of Medicine. A maternal-fetal medicine subspecialist with training, Dr. Hoskins served 29 years with the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, achieving the rank of captain/colonel. She has held many leadership positions within the Navy and Marine Corps and has received several awards for military leadership. Dr. Hoskins has held several leadership positions at Bellevue Hospital, the flagship and teaching hospital of the largest public health system in the United States, and has served as executive director of the Women’s Health Institute in Memorial Health Hospital in Savannah, Georgia. While in Georgia, she also served as a member and secretary in the Department of Human Resources, overseeing all public health care in Georgia. As an ACOG Fellow, Dr. Hoskins has held several leadership positions at the national level, including on the board of directors and in committees and task forces.

Dr. Hoskins also has trained in psychiatry. Her life experience, her training in psychiatry and her training as a women’s health professional have uniquely positioned her to provide insights into the ways in which women’s health and mental health interact. She is passionate about normalizing and destigmatizing the conversation around mental health and mental health care.

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Thursday, May 26: Let’s Get Clinical, Body Talk! – Part 2: Overall Women’s Health

Lachrisia Lorraine, Her Mind Her Body

My name is Lachrisia Lorraine; I am humbly honored to lead a group of skilled professionals at Her Mind Her Body, who add to our mission by organically introducing her to herself.  I am a credentialed Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), State of Maryland-approved clinical supervisor for Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, Certified Fitness Trainer (CFT), Adjunct Professor, and Reiki Level II Practitioner.

In addition to my passion and specialty in servicing women’s general issues and challenges, I specialize in counseling women trying to conceive, experiencing miscarriages, or going through fertility treatment.  My personal experiences as a woman and clinical therapist allow me to be the right professional support system.

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Tuesday, May 31: Let’s Get Physical! (Yoga Session)

Kara Simon, Loving Heart Holistic Wellness

Kara Simon is the owner and operator of Loving Heart Holistic Wellness, a small, woman-owned LLC, which was established in Indiana in 2016. Kara is a Registered Yoga Instructor through Yoga Alliance, a Yoga Alliance Continued Education Practitioner, a Certified Reiki II Practitioner, and an Emotional Freedom Technique Facilitator.

Now located in Arlington, VA, Kara provides compassionate Holistic Wellness for individuals who are seeking well-being and empowerment for the mind, body, and spirit. She provides an empathetic approach to Stress Relief and Wellness through Personalized Programs utilizing the modalities of Yoga, Reiki, Meditation, Mindfulness, and Emotional Freedom Technique (also known as Tapping.) Through trauma informed practices, Kara upholds a space that is safe, non-judgmental, and supportive for all and strives to cultivate connection through movement, mindfulness, holistic wellness, community, and compassion

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