50 Cents. Period. Founder to Speak at 4th Annual Women and Infants OB Conference in Atlanta

Lorrie Lynn King to Discuss Medical Challenges in the Atlanta Refugee Community

WHO: Lorrie Lynn King, founder and executive director 50 Cents. Period.

“Maternal Health in the Refugee Sector: A Framework for Understanding”
Presented at the DeKalb Medical 4th Annual Women and Infants OB Conference


Tuesday, 6 May 2014
10.15 to 11.15 a.m.


DeKalb Medical Center
Women’s Center
2701 North Decatur Road
Decatur, Georgia  30033


50 Cents. Period. founder and executive director Lorrie Lynn King will be presenting at the 4th Annual DeKalb Medical Women and Infants OB Conference in Atlanta on Tuesday, 6 May 2014. Her presentation, “Maternal Health in the Refugee Sector: A Framework for Understanding” will discuss a holistic approach to medical treatment for the refugee community, providing a discussion of the most common medical problems seen in this group combined with an explanation of the social traditions and customs that can negatively impact effective medical care, particularly for women and children.

DeKalb County is one of the most ethnically diverse communities in the United States. In the past thirty years, nearly 70,000 refugees have been resettled in the state of Georgia, 52% in DeKalb County and many of those in Clarkston. Unfortunately, the DeKalb medical community has been ill-prepared to face the diverse social and medical issues presented by the quickly growing refugee population, particularly those of the women and children. Many nurses and doctors are dealing for the first time with conditions such as female genital mutilation (FGM), or the psychological after-effects of rape warfare.  At the same time, medical staff has to understand the specific social traditions and customs from a widely diverse range of cultures and countries in order to effectively treat these patients, most of whom have no experience or knowledge of regular medical care.
This conference will seek to provide information on current trends and advances in obstetrics and gynecology, including several presentations on the challenges presented by the refugee sector to the DeKalb medical community.

About 50 Cents. Period.
50 Cents. Period. was established in 2010 to empower women and girls to stay fully engaged in their communities and education without the stigma and barriers surrounding their period, gender and reproductive choices. The organization takes its name from founder Lorrie Lynn King’s visit to Andhra Pradesh, India, where she discovered that many girls were unable to attend school during their menstruation because of lack of sanitary supplies – a problem that could be addressed with just fifty cents per month per girl.

The organization employs a holistic approach that seeks to empower women and girls through building their social and economic capacities. 50 Cents. Period focuses its programs and advocacy in underserved, traditionally marginalized communities, addressing such issues as chaupadi (the forced, ritualized exclusion of women during menstruation); rape warfare; living with HIV and FGM; and by providing sanitary products, reproductive health education workshops and curricula, clean water, and sanitation facilities. In tandem with these efforts, 50 Cents. Period furnishes linkages to care and connections to peer support and income generating projects.

At present, 50 Cents. Period program sites are located in Andhra Pradesh, India; the Kathmandu, Sindhupalchok and Karnali districts of Nepal; the Masaka, Kanungu, Rukungiri and Kasese regions of Uganda; and in the US in Clarkston, Georgia, the Southeastern epicenter of refugee resettlement. In May 2013, 50 Cents. Period concluded a six-month pilot program in Nicaragua, and is currently exploring Central American partnerships that serve indigenous women.

About DeKalb Medical
Founded in 1961, DeKalb Regional Health System, Inc., known as DeKalb Medical, is comprised of more than 800 doctors skilled in 55 medical specialties across three campuses. The 627-bed system includes DeKalb Medical at North Decatur (451 beds), DeKalb Medical Long Term Acute Care at Downtown Decatur (77 beds), DeKalb Medical at Hillandale (100 beds), and DeKalb Medical Physicians Group and the DeKalb Medical Foundation. The not-for-profit health care system is a HealthGrades® Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Attack in 2013 and Five-Star Recipient for Peripheral Vascular Bypass in 2012. DeKalb Medical’s Maternity Center was selected as a participant in the Best Fed Beginnings project as part of UNICEF/WHO’s Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. Its Cancer Center has been granted three-year approval by The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons as a community hospital comprehensive oncology program, and its Joint Solutions Center is a metro Atlanta leader in joint replacement. In addition, its LTAC earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for acquired brain injury, wound care and respiratory failure services. Visit www.dekalbmedical.org.