The 7th Orange County Women's Health Summit: Advancing Health Equity for Women in Orange County will be on Friday, November 8, 2019 at the Beckman Center in Irvine, CA.  

Registration will open in September. 


Sandra R. Hernández, MD, President and CEO of the California Health Care Foundation, will present the keynote address.  

Presentations at the Summit will examine how inequities related to race, immigrant status, sexuality, geography, and socioeconomics intersect with gender to impact women’s health in Orange County. Attendees will network with a diverse group of stakeholders to identify new partners for collaboration and discuss opportunities for advocacy to collectively improve the health of women in Orange County. Stay tuned for more information.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – Deadline extended to Friday, September 20 – SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT

Abstracts submitted to the Summit should feature research, pilot programs, needs assessments and data analyses, or innovative preventive/intervention strategies that address health inequities affecting women in Orange County. 

Abstracts specific to inequities impacting women’s health and health care access/treatment will be given priority. Posters should provide visual representation of the research and/or program. Submissions may include unpublished work, including reports of research, or innovative services, practices, educational initiatives, or policy work related to the conference theme.

Abstracts that do not follow APA format, or are submitted after the deadline, will not be considered.

Who should submit? 
  • Health care, social service, and behavioral health providers
  • Health systems and policy leaders
  • Researchers, evaluators and academics​
  • ​Educators
  • Foundations/Health funders
  • Community Based Organizations
  • ​G​raduate Students
Submission Deadline: Friday, August 30 at 5:00 p.m. 
Deadline extended to Friday, September 20

Acceptance Notifications: Friday, September 20 Acceptances out by October 8



8:30 a.m. Check-In and Light Breakfast

9:00 a.m. Program Begins

3:00 p.m. Program Concludes

Meals:  A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. 

Registration:  Registration costs $55. There are no printed tickets for this event. Simply check in when you arrive.

Parking:  Parking is free and available in the lots next to the Beckman Center.

Dress Code:  Business casual.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs): CEUs will be provided for LCSW. More info TBA. 

CHES CEUs will be provided. This event is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES). Activity offered by CSUF, Provider ID #100123, for up to 5 contact hours. The event number is 11082019.

Nursing CEs will be provided. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 5, for 4 contact hours.


Health equity is achieved when every person has a fair and equal opportunity to reach their optimal health and no one is disadvantaged due to their race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, socioeconomic status, zip code or other circumstances.  Health inequities are reflected in access to care as well as health outcomes; to advance health equity locally, our efforts must tackle individual/community inequities and address the social determinants of health rather than focus exclusively on the availability and accessibility of healthcare services.  This approach creates a system that is more equitable, where all individuals are valued and have the social and economic resources they need to be healthy.


According to the recently released Orange County Grantmakers “An Equity Profile of Orange County,” Orange County has 3.1 million residents, approximately 50% of whom are women.  Moreover, 58% of the county’s population are people of color, many of whom are immigrants.  Although economic improvement and job growth in Orange County have outpaced the national average, this growth is not benefitting everyone. Orange County ranks 58th in income inequality among the 150 largest regions.  Wages for low-wage workers are falling at a faster rate than they are nationally, there are vast wage disparities between Latinos and whites in Orange County, women of color have the lowest median hourly wages, and in general people of color are more likely to live in poverty. In Orange County, Latinos are at higher risk for being overweight and having diabetes; Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are at higher risk for diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease; and African Americans and Native Americans have the highest incidences of heart disease mortality. 

Moreover, gender plays a significant role in quality of life and health outcomes for residents of Orange County. 
  • In Orange County, women get paid less than men for the same level of education and occupation (2011-2015 American Community Survey, 5 year estimates)
  • More women than men live under the Federal Poverty Level, and this increases as women age (2011-2015 American Community Survey, 5 year estimates)
  • Although white women are diagnosed with breast cancer at a much higher rate than other women in Orange County, Black and Pacific Islander women die from breast cancer at a much higher rate than all women in Orange County (OCHT)
  • Lower-income cities in OC have significantly higher teen birth rates than the county, state, and nation (OCHT)
  • Women have a higher death rate due to Alzheimer’s disease (41.4) than the County’s average (37.6) and OC men (31.1) (OCHT)
  • OC women experience ovarian cancer at higher rates than CA and U.S. (OCHT)
In short, Orange County women face economic and health disparities that result in meaningful inequities.  Any response will require a comprehensive approach with strategies that bridge social, physical, and economic factors, all in support of new policies and stronger systems.


Thank you to our current sponsors!

Sponsorship opportunities are available.  Sponsors at all levels will receive recognition and benefits at both the 7th OC Women's Health Summit and the Film Screening

Questions: Contact Program and Events Coordinator, Sydney Minchin, at (714) 516-8263 or minchin@ocwomenshealth.org.