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COMPASS PRIORITIZES WOMEN’S HEALTH Compass hosted the inaugural Women’s Health Conference for Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender women in Palm Beach County on Saturday, November 7, 2015. Lesbian and Bisexual women, specifically, are at increased risk for developing some cancers, including breast and ovarian cancers, and are statistically less likely to get routine health screenings. This conference was designed to address the unique and diverse needs of women in our community. “More often than not, women lean toward the caregiver role, putting the needs of their loved ones before their own,” said Tony Plakas, Compass’ CEO, “We want LBT women to join us in this initiative to prioritize women’s health.” The conference, sponsored by Empty Closet Women’s Theater, offered a full day of breakout sessions, health & wellness vendors, a networking lunch, and dynamic keynote address by Lillian Tamayo, CEO of Planned Parenthood of South, East, and North Florida. Breakout sessions included Nutrition, Healthy Relationships, Sex, Meditation 101, Breast Health, Natural Path: Symptomless Menopause, Hormone Replacement Therapy, and Technology & Your Health. “I used to say that in order to balance the stresses of work and family, I make sure to check myself off my to-do list first,” Ryanmarie Rice, Compass’ Chief of Staff explained during opening remarks, “But somewhere along the line, the to-do list got too long and I stopped prioritizing myself. Today, I ask you to join me in prioritizing our health. Put yourself back on your to-do list.” More than 150 women attended the inaugural conference, making the commitment to put their own health back on their to-do lists.

For more information about the Women’s Health Initiative, contact compass@compassglcc.com. For information about the Empty Closet Women’s Theater, visit: http://www.emptyclosetwomenstheater.com/

Women’s Health Conference: Let’s Talk About Sex presentation by Planned Parenthood of South, East, and North Florida , Photo courtesy of Adrienne Percival

Women’s Health Conference: Nutrition Presentation by Health Coach, Daryl Hall, Photo courtesy of Adrienne Percival

Women’s Health Conference: Health & Wellness Vendor Lounge, Photo courtesy of Adrienne Percival

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Compass Directions Fall 2015