Two California leaders to be honored for fighting domestic violence

By Kristen Bole

California Congresswoman Lois Capps -----

California Congresswoman Lois Capps and Bruce Bodaken, chief executive officer of Blue Shield of California, will be honored during a March 16 reception at the Asian Art Museum for their continued efforts to combat domestic violence.

The event is part of the 2007 National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence, co-sponsored by the Family Violence Prevention Fund and the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health.

Titled “Celebrating Heroes in Healthcare,” the reception will take place from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at 200 Larkin Street in San Francisco. Tickets cost $35 and can be purchased at the door.

The price includes beverages, hors d’oeuvres and access to all exhibits at the museum.  Musicians from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music will perform. Attire is business casual.

The reception will close the first day of the biennial conference, which is attracting the nation’s leading medical, public health and family violence experts in an effort to improve the health care system’s response to domestic violence.

Workshops and plenary sessions will highlight the latest research and innovative clinical responses to domestic violence, with a focus on the work being done by physicians, physician assistants, dentists, nurses, nurse midwives, mental and behavioral health providers, social workers, domestic violence experts, and others.

The two-day conference will take place on March 16 and 17 at the Marriot San Francisco, 55 Fourth Street, San Francisco. For more information about the conference or the reception, contact Julie Varghese at [email protected] or 415-252-8900, or visit

The Family Violence Prevention Fund works to end violence against women and children around the world because every person has the right to live free of violence.  The FVPF was instrumental in enacting the Violence Against Women Act.

The UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health is an integrated program that provides seamless health care services to women, while advancing research in women’s health issues, educating tomorrow’s health care providers, promoting women’s leadership and engaging in community partnerships.

UCSF is a leading university that advances health worldwide by conducting advanced biomedical research, educating graduate students in the life sciences and health professions, and providing complex patient care.