Several North Carolina women – including author and poet Dr. Maya Angelou – were honored for their work to improve the lives and health of women and girls around the world during the Maya Angelou Center for Women’s Health and Wellness inaugural “An Evening Celebration of Women” which was held September 29, 2012 at Forsyth Medical Center. Proceeds from the event will be used for education and early detection programs at the center and concluded our three-day health summit, which attracted more than 200 participants to join international health experts to explore pressing health issues.
Dr. Angleou received The Lifetime Achievement Award for her encouragement of women to be their own advocates and for her partnership with Forsyth in establishing the Center for Women’s Health & Wellness, which opened in July.
Medge Owen, a professor at Wake Forest School of Medicine and an obstetric anesthesiologist at Forsyth Medical Center, received The Global Women’s Health Award for her KYBELE organization, which works to support safe childbirth practices at a minimal cost in locations internationally.
Also honored were:
Charlotte entrepreneur Molly Baker, founder of Girls on the Run, won the National Women’s Health Award for her success in building self-esteem and active lifestyles among girls in communities across the country and beyond.
Raleigh’s Camille McGirt, a public health major at UNC Chapel Hill, was given the Regional Women’s Health Award for her organization, Healthy Girls Save the World, which promotes healthy minds, bodies and relationships in North Carolina girls ages 8 to 15.