|June 19, 2001
Scholars to Examine Intergenerational, Women's
The Institute for Health & Aging (IHA) and the
National Center of Excellence in Women's Health (CoE) have selected two new fellows for
their work on intergenerational and women's issues.
Patrick Henderson, who has been writing about
his experiences as a grandparent, was named a fellow for the Senior Scholars Program.
Tracy Weitz received a similar honor for the Tish Sommers Program for her work on gender
and Social Security.
"It is exciting to bring in scholars who
are working on issues directly related to the life course with an intergenerational
perspective," said Carroll L. Estes, PhD, director of the new collaborative program
between IHA and CoE. While at the IHA in 1998, Henderson began writing a column on
grand parenting for Seattle Family Magazine. Last year, he began writing a narrative
memoir about the ten years of life with his granddaughter, and he continues to write about
the blending of families through divorce, remarriage and death as well as issues of
intergenerational support systems. He hopes to publish a book in 2002.
Weitz, project director for the Center for
Reproductive Health Research and Policy at UCSF and a senior advisor for the CoE, is a
lifetime advocate of women's health and reproductive rights. She holds a master's degree
in public administration with an emphasis in health care and is currently a doctoral
student in medical sociology at UCSF.
In 1999, she co-chaired the San Francisco Older
Women's Health and Wellness Summit and recently published an article "Adding Aging
and Gender to the Women's Health Agenda" in the Journal of Women and Aging.
She is a former board member of the National Women's History Project and a current member
of the advisory council to the Women's Health Collaborative. In 1999, she was a winner of
the UCSF Chancellor's Award for the Advancement of Women.
Health and Aging
of Excellence in Women's Health