is winding down and we have to begin to focus on the colder
weather and winter activities.
a number of good things happening in our offices this summer.
Our interns were very helpful in developing a database of
oncology doctors. Another intern did research on the state of
Black womenís health in Philadelphia. And there were several
interns in our SisterReach office who developed assessment
tools and survey instruments. We added a staff position in the
Sisters In Touch program. We received increased funding from
the Philadelphia Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer
Foundation. This will be very instrumental in allowing us to
reach out to more Black women who are faced with the challenge
of breast cancer. Lastly, we had an inservice by Women
Organized Against Rape on rape and sexual assault. This
inservice was to help staff understand the incidence of rape
and sexual assault and how it is treated by the judicial
looking forward to the new things we will be doing this year.
We are putting together a committee to start to work on a
strategic plan. This will help guide where we are going and
how we will get there. We are strengthening our board by
adding new members to meet our complement of 18 as specified
in our by-laws.
first spirituality workshop will be held in the fall. We have
a wonderful artist who will lead the workshop in mixed-media
journaling. We have found that journaling is fun, therapeutic
and healing. Plans are underway. Space and materials will be
limited to 20 women. If you are interested in attending the
workshop, please give our office a call to reserve your spot.
have finished the Black Womenís Wellness Study and are
awaiting the results. In the meantime, we are planning to
start a weight management self-help group in the winter. This
group will primarily address issues of weight and its impact
on our health. If there ever was a time when we could eat what
we wanted, when we wanted, that time has passed Ė especially
if we are concerned about maintaining good health. Stay tuned
to the website to find out when this will be starting.
will hold our second annual World AIDS Day event on Monday,
December 1, 2003. We will be resuming publication of our
quarterly newsletter. Look for the first one in late
getting ready for the cooler weather. As we move into the
fall, remember that the mornings are oftentimes cool and it
gets warmer as it gets later in the day. Layer your clothing
so that when you go out for that healthy lunch you wonít be
too warm. Get some outside exercise while itís not too hot.
Bicycling, rollerblading and walking are good ways to stay in
shape and are also good cardiovascular exercises. Donít forget
the inner you. On those weekend mornings, take it easy with a
nice cup of hot tea, the morning paper and relax a while
before starting your day. But, most of all, whatever it takes
to keep you healthy mentally, physically and spiritually, do