2015 InWomen’s End of Year Newsletter

The 8th annual International Women’s and Children’s Health and Gender Group (InWomen’s) conference was held this past summer on June 12 in Phoenix, Arizona. The conference addressed illicit drug use throughout the reproductive lifespan and among young women and adolescents. This year’s attendees represented 15 different countries.
The InWomen’s Group is currently comprised of over 200 members from 40 countries concerned with all aspects of the consequences of substance use in women and children.

This past year we updated the InWomen’s mission and vision to:

  • Share new and significant findings about consequences of substance use, abuse, & risk behaviors
  • Identify and promote innovative research that helps to empower women across the lifespan
  • Foster gender-based analyses in research
  • Raise awareness about the need for sensitivity in research to family, culture, sexual orientation, and equity within an international context
  • Promote the benefits of prevention, intervention, and treatment
  • Forge new collaborations and develop research agendas
  • Update the annotated bibliography entitled Key Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Articles Focused on Women’s Issues from Around the World annually. The 2015 version contains over 700 references.

Maintain an active blog at https://inwomenhealth.wordpress.com/



Networking at lunch


Sally and Krystyna dancing to the mariachi beat

Conference Highlights

This year, InWomen’s began with a panel session on Reproductive Health Throughout the Lifespan.

  • Dr. Mishka Terplan, BHS Baltimore, began the session with a discussion of the reproductive health needs of women with substance use disorders
  • Dr. Sarah Heil, University of Vermont, followed with a presentation on improving prescription contraceptive use among opioid-maintained women
  • Dr. Carolyn Day, University of Sydney, spoke on a pilot study of integrating reproductive health services into drug and alcohol clinics in Australia and closed the first session

A networking lunch followed the first panel, and nine travel awards were awarded.


Travel awardees and the committee


Poster presentation by Jackie Ndirangu

The second panel session was held on Young Women and Adolescents.

  • Dr. Tara Carney, South African Medical Research Council, presented on drug use and HIV risk behaviors among young South African women who left school early
  • Dr. Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin, Yale School of Medicine, followed, exploring the gender differences in e-cigarette use and perceptions among adolescents
  • Dr. Flavio Marsiglia, Arizona State University, concluded the final panel session with a discussion on adolescent women’s equalizing use rates of alcohol and other drugs in Mexico.

A poster session was also held, during which 29 posters were presented. The poster session led into a musical performance by the local all-female mariachi band – Mariachi Pasion. The conference came to a close with six discussion tables.


The 2016 InWomen’s Conference Planning Committee is working vigorously to plan the 9th annual conference, which will be held in conjunction with the 2016 NIDA International Forum at the La Quinta Resort on Friday, June 10, 2016 in Palm Springs, CA. We expect yet another exciting meeting with international speakers, a longer poster session, a new twist to our beloved discussion tables, and local cultural entertainment!

  • December 2015: Be on the lookout for the first evite
  • January 11, 2016: Deadline to submit poster abstracts

We encourage new/young investigators and students to submit their poster presentations and apply for travel awards via the Abstract Submissions Form.

Call for Student Volunteers

We are looking for student volunteers from local universities to assist with onsite conference set up, clean up, and the activities in-between. Volunteers will receive free conference registration. If interested, please complete the Student Volunteer Interest Form.

Any new relevant publications you would like to share with us?

If you have any new publications in the field of substance abuse use among women, children, youth, LGBTQ, and/or gender difference globally, please share them with us so that we may include them in our Annotated Bibliography. You may submit new publications via the Bibliography Submission Form.


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