CWHN appoints new executive director

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September 2011 - The Canadian Women's Health Network is delighted to announce the appointment of Anne Rochon Ford as our new Executive Director.

Anne comes to us with a long history of involvement in women’s health. Her most recent position was Co-Director of the National Network on Environments and Women’s Health (NNEWH) at York University, a research centre that conducts policy-based research on the impact of the environment on women’s health. For ten years she served as Coordinator of Women and Health Protection (WHP), a national working group that undertakes research and advocacy work on women and pharmaceuticals. With WHP, she recently published a book entitled, “The Push to Prescribe: Women and Canadian Drug Policy”

Anne’s connection to the CWHN goes back to its earliest days when the network was still a dream of a group of women from across Canada who were passionate about getting it off the ground. In the CWHN’s early years, Anne served on the original Board of Directors and more recently on the Advisory Committee to Network, CWHN’s magazine. She was a founding member of a number of other women’s health organizations including the Toronto Women’s Health Network, the Ontario Women’s Health Network, DES Action Toronto and Willow Breast Cancer Support Services. 

“Anne's extensive experience with the Centres of Excellence for Women’s Health, and her previous relationship to us through the working groups, are an amazing fit.  We're tremendously thrilled to have her on board, and we look forward to exciting, productive and inspiring times ahead,” said Chi Nguyen, Chair of the CWHN Board of Directors. 

Anne has previously worked in varying capacities as a researcher and advocate for women’s health and has published in the areas of midwifery, breast cancer, menopause, assisted human reproduction, the medicalization of women’s health, and various facets of women’s prescription drug use.

“I look forward to the challenge in my new role”, said Anne. “We’re at an interesting crossroads in the history of the women’s health movement in Canada when the wisdom gained by the older members must be made relevant and understandable to a younger generation whose priorities and interests and means of communicating may not be the same. It’s an exciting time.”

About the Canadian Women's Health Network

The Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN) was created in 1993 as a voluntary national organization to improve the health and lives of girls and women in Canada and the world by collecting, producing, distributing and sharing knowledge, ideas, education, information, resources, strategies and inspirations.

The CWHN is partners with the Centres of Excellence for Women’s Health and receives funding from the Women’s Health Contribution Program of Health Canada.