Women Inspire Breakfast with Dr. Brotto

Pushing for the awareness of women’s health care across the board, BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre Foundation was honoured to have members of the media join in for an exciting morning with our CEO Genesa Greening, and Executive Director of the Women’s Health Research Institute, Dr. Lori Brotto.

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Date: July 5, 2018
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Here are some takeaways from the event. View it as a printable PDF.

10 Facts About Women’s Health

  1. Prior to the 1990s, women were not included in most medical research studies.
  2. Half of all women in Canada have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16, yet not all healthcare providers have the knowledge or skills to deliver sensitive care to these women.
  3. Women experience depression twice as often as men and yet they are three times more likely than men to experience barriers to accessing mental healthcare.
  4. Women are more likely to report severe and long-lasting pain, but are typically treated less aggressively than men as their pain is perceived to be psychological or psychosocial.
  5. Women react to medications differently than men but many cardiovascular drugs, like Aspirin and Warfarin, have only been tested on men.
  6. Despite being an entirely preventable disease, 270,000 women worldwide die from cervical cancer annually. Without immediate action by 2030, the number is projected to rise to 500,000.
  7. Canada’s very first human donor milk bank was established at BC Women’s.
  8. The Mother Baby Care program is the first of its kind in Canada, where mothers and infants requiring intensive care can share a room and be cared for together.
  9. BC Women’s was the first hospital in Canada to have midwives providing care, and now hosts the largest Midwifery Department in the country.
  10. The Complex Chronic Disease Program at BC Women’s was the first BC clinic to support people living with chronic Lyme Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – with more than 2,800 women and men having been referred to the program since 2013.
  11. Under the care of Oak Tree Clinic, HIV-positive women on antiretroviral treatment have had babies without a single transmission of HIV to their babies since 1997.

About the Speakers


Genesa M. Greening
President + Chief Executive Officer
BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre Foundation

Genesa M. Greening is a Certified Fund Raising Executive whose two decades of work in Canada, Africa, and the United States has seen her advise more than twenty charitable causes to fundraise over $250 million. In recognition of her community work and advocacy for gender equality, racial justice, and marginalized communities, Genesa was appointed to the Vancouver’s Mayor’s Task Force on Mental Health + Addiction as well as the Women’s Advisory Committee. She is committed to ensuring women have equitable access to the highest quality health care when, where, and how they need it. As the President + CEO of BC Women’s Hospital Foundation, Genesa collaborates with those who share her commitment to gender equity in health care and invests in charitable causes that deliver social change.  She is an award-winning business leader, unapologetic feminist and relentless optimist driven to change women’s experiences in the health care sector.

Dr. Lori A. Brotto
Executive Director, Women’s Health Research Institute at BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre
Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Department of Psychiatry, UBC Canada Research Chair in Women’s Sexual Health

Dr. Brotto is a global leader in mindfulness-based approaches in women’s health, who has been awarded $11.8 million in research funding. Her work focuses on the role of complementary and alternative practices and products in promoting health, in particular, the role of mindfulness meditation to address a variety of women’s health issues. She is the recipient of the 2018 Association of Academic Professionals in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (APOG) Excellence in Research Award and the 2018 Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality Distinguished Scientific Achievements Award. Her book, Better Sex Through Mindfulness, a translation of Dr. Brotto’s research evaluating mindfulness-based interventions for various populations of women, was published by Greystone in April 2018 and has garnered significant international media attention.

Are you a media member interested in talking about women’s health? Please reach out to Catherine Hodgson.

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