Women’s Health Virginia’s education programs bring Virginians together to focus on medical and non-medical issues relating to women and girls’ wellness, the development of their health behaviors, and their use of health care. The programs also provide an opportunity for health professionals and non-professionals to share ideas about how to address the needs of Virginia’s women and girls and improve health and well being.

Join us for the

2018 annual conference on women’s health

This program will examine the increasing knowledge about the microbiome and
how the microbiome affects these important women’s health concerns:

  • Reproductive & vaginal health, pregnancy, childbirth, and the mother/child microbiome relationship
  • Obesity & related chronic diseases
  • Digestive disorders, such as irritated bowel disease
  • Mental health including depression, stress & anxiety
  • Aging

Hear from national and Virginia experts about cutting-edge research and the potential for new approaches to prevention and treatment for these conditions. Learn about the effects of diet and other factors on the microbiome and ways to have a healthier microbiome and improved wellness.

See the agenda and speakers.



Holiday Inn University Area
1901 Emmet Street, Charlottesville



The cost of the conference is $85; $45 for students.
(includes materials, parking, lunch and refreshments, and continuing education credits)

Register NOW!

Register by mail (get form), online or by calling 434-220-4500.

We will consider written requests for financial assistance, submitted by postal or e-mail with the subject “Scholarship”. Please include the amount requested and reasons for the request.



We've received approvals for the following continuing education credits for the program:

  • 6 CME Prescribed Hours by the AAFP (see required note below)*
  • 6 Contact hours for social workers
  • 6.5 CPE for dieticians and dietary technicians
  • 6 Category 1 CHEC for entry-level and advanced CHES (CHES and MCHES)
  • 6 PDU for family and consumer science professionals (CFCS)
  • 6 PDU for certified nutrition and wellness educators (CNWE)
We will provide certificates of attendance for others who request them.

*This Live activity, She's Got Guts--The Microbiome, Food & Women's Wellness, with a beginning date of 06/08/2018, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 6.00 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™ toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1.



If you wish to stay at the Holiday Inn the night before or after the conference, you will receive a special conference rate of $109 (plus tax) for Thursday, June 7 & $119 (plus tax) for Friday, June 8. Simply call the hotel by May 10 at 434-977-7700 and tell them you are with the Women’s Health Virginia conference.


Our Thanks to Supporting Partners

Women’s Health Virginia invites business, government and non-profit organizations
to sponsor or exhibit at our 2018 conference.
If you are interested in these opportunities, call (434) 220-4500 or e-mail us.


Learn about topics from earlier conferences and other programs on DVDs or audio CDs.

You can order the full programs or select sessions that interest you. Get resource packets from those programs that include the speakers’ presentations or outlines of their talks, bibliographies and lists of relevant organizations and websites.

Order online, by mail (get form) or by calling 434-220-4500.


Here’s information about those programs:


Our 2017 Conference

Learn about priorities of the NIH Office of Women’s Health Research; developments in precision and personalized medicine; advances in cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment (with a focus on breast and lung cancers); increasing understanding and treatments of autoimmune diseases and addiction; and progress in understanding the aging process.
See the agenda and speakers.

Our 2016 Conference

Hear experts discuss ground breaking research about the brain and its connections to diseases and conditions that are significant for women, including immunity and the development of diseases; headaches, mood disorders (such as depression & anxiety); trauma (direct and indirect including concussions & PTSD); pathways to addiction; and the aging brain. See the agenda and speakers.

Our 2015 Conference

Learn about changes in American women and girls’ diets; genetic, metabolic, hormonal and other biological impacts on food consumption; emotional, sensory and environmental factors the affect food choices; and ways to make food a positive force for health. See the full program & speakers


Other Current Programs

Our programs are expanding our efforts regarding topics explored in earlier annual conferences and other public health priorities. You can help us bring information to your community or region by participating in planning workshops inyour area. Contact us to become involved.


Getting Good ZZZs for a Healthier Future

In partnership with the Virginia Academy of Sleep Medicine, we are developing workshops and disseminating information to school boards and administrators, parent groups and others about the importance of sufficient sleep for the development, achievement and safety of youth and the impact of school start times on the health and well being of teens.

HPV Vaccine Education for Providers and Parents

We are providing information and developing workshops for health and education professionals, parents and community leaders about the HPV vaccines and their importance for reducing cervical and other cancers. Our leadership of a collaborative effort with representatives of other organizations, health care providers and business and the Cancer Action Coalition of Virginia is increasing understanding about the vaccines and ways health care providers can provide vital information to patients and parents. We are beginning to develop new programs focusing on the Tidewater Virginia Area.

In addition to live programs, our DVDs Talking About HPV Vaccines—Helping Patients and Parents Make Informed Decisions (for health professionals and educators) and The HPV Vaccines—Making an Informed Decision (for parents and others), make information easily accessible. Learn more about these programs and ordering DVDs.


Stress and Genetic Impacts on Wellness

We are also developing workshops to explore further issues addresses in our 2013 on the impacts of stress and managing and reducing stress and our 2014 conference on genetic and genomic influences on women’s wellness.



Past Annual Conferences

Conferences themes have been:

See conference agendas and order conference packets by e-mail for our earlier conferences:

Growing Girls Strong — Strategies for Building Life Skills & Preventing High Risk Behavior (2009)

Stepping Over the Lines—Young Women’s Risk-Taking, Time for Concern (2008)

10 Years on the Way to Women’s Wellness—Roads Well Traveled, Directions Ahead (2007)

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Self-Image & the Challenge for Women & Girls’ Wellness (2006)

Pathways to Women’s Wellness:
Integrating Conventional, Complementary & Alternative Approaches to Prevention & Treatment (2005)

Working Women’s Wellness 9-5 24/7 (2004)

Women as Caregivers—Cradle to Grave (2003)

Food & Fitness: Lifelong Challenges (2002)

It’s More Than Words: Communications and Women's Health (2001)

The Multicultural Mosaic and Virginia Women’s Health (2000)

The Dollars and Sense of Women's Health (1999)

Virginia's Challenge: Women's Wellness (1998) (prior to WHV incorporation)