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JoAnne Fischer papers

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Held at: University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts [Contact Us]3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206

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JoAnne Fisher was born on November 1, 1949. She earned a BSW in social welfare from Temple University in 1971, a MSS in social planning and community organization from Bryn Mawr College in 1973, and prostgraduate certificate in health administration from La Salle University in 1983.

Fischer's career has focused on maternal and child health programs, holding administrator positions at the Booth Maternity Center and Maternity Care Coalition. Fischer served on numerous commissions created by the Philadelphia Mayor and was also project director of the Women's Health Concerns program, which was created by Walter J, Lear, M.D., commissioner of Health Services of Philadelphia. She has served on numerous board of directors including the National Women's Health Network, Women's Occupational Safety and Health Resources Center, and the Girl Scouts of the USA, and has held leadership positions in the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition, and American Public Health Association.

Fischer is married to Eric Hoffman and they have two children.

This collection of correspondence, minutes, publications, reports, newspaper clippings, articles and a speech primarily focuses on JoAnne Fischer's tenure as a board member of the National Women's Health Network and its efforts to provide independent health information. The National Women's Health Network was established in 1975 and serves as a national public interest organization devoted exclusively to women and health. Also documented in the collection is Fischer's attendance at the NGO Forum '85 in conjunction with the World Conference to Review and Appraise the Achievement of the UN Decade for Women in Nairobi, Kenya in 1985 as a representative of the National Women's Health Network. Her experience at the conference is detailed in letters home to her husband, Eric Hoffman and were later published in Listening Booth, a Booth Maternity Center newsletter.

Gift of Walter J. Lear

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University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Finding Aid Author
Kristine McGee
Finding Aid Date
2023 November 3
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African-American Institute: Strategies for better health care delivery services in Africa pre-decade conference, 1985.
Box 1 Folder 1
Abortion Rights Mobilization (ARM): Celebrate 10, 1982-1983.
Box 1 Folder 2
American Public Health Association, 1985.
Box 1 Folder 3
Booth Maternity Center, 1984-1985.
Box 1 Folder 4
Childbirth Education Association: speech, 1981.
Box 1 Folder 5
Directories, 1978-1985.
Box 1 Folder 6
Employment opportunities, 1986.
Box 1 Folder 7
General correspondence, 1982-1985.
Box 1 Folder 8
International feminism, 1975-1983.
Box 1 Folder 9
International feminism, 1984-1985.
Box 1 Folder 10
Mailing lists, 1983-1986.
Box 1 Folder 11
Mayor's Commission for Childcare Task Force [Philadelphia], 1982-1984.
Box 1 Folder 12
Mayor's Commission on Women [Philadelphia], 1984-1985.
Box 1 Folder 13
Mayor's Commission on Women: Voter registration campaign [Philadelphia], 1983-1984.
Box 1 Folder 14
National Women's Health Network: Black women's health project, 1982-1984.
Box 2 Folder 1
National Women's Health Network: Board meeting [1983 October], 1983.
Box 2 Folder 2
National Women's Health Network: Board meeting [1984 February], 1983-1984.
Box 2 Folder 3
National Women's Health Network: Board meeting [1984 June], 1984.
Box 2 Folder 4
National Women's Health Network: Dalkon Shield project, 1980-1985.
Box 1 Folder 5
National Women's Health Network: Dalkon Shield project, 1985.
Box 2 Folder 6
National Women's Health Network: general, 1982-1986.
Box 2 Folder 7
National Women's Health Network: long range planning, 1982-1983.
Box 2 Folder 8
National Women's Health Network: membership recruitment, 1982-1983.
Box 2 Folder 9
National Women's Health Network: newsletter, 1982-1983.
Box 2 Folder 10
National Women's Health Network: Nominations/Election Committee, 1985-1986.
Box 2 Folder 11
off our backs, 1985-1986.
Box 3 Folder 1
Pennsylvania Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition, 1986.
Box 3 Folder 2
Premenstrual syndrome, 1982-1983.
Box 3 Folder 3
Reproductive Rights National Network, 1982-1983.
Box 3 Folder 4
Salubritas, 1985-1986.
Box 3 Folder 5
Travel information, 1985.
Box 3 Folder 6
United Nations Women's Decade Conference: African-American Institute delegation, 1985.
Box 3 Folder 7
United Nations Women's Decade Conference: African-American Institute report, 1985.
Box 3 Folder 8
United Nations Women's Decade Conference: conference literature, 1985.
Box 3 Folder 9-12
United Nations Women's Decade Conference: conference literature, 1985.
Box 4 Folder 1
United Nations Women's Decade Conference: correspondence, 1985.
Box 4 Folder 2
United Nations Women's Decade Conference: family correspondence, 1985.
Box 4 Folder 3
United Nations Women's Decade Conference: National Women's Health Network delegation, 1985.
Box 4 Folder 4
United Nations Women's Decade Conference: National Women's Health Network fundraising and expenses, 1985.
Box 4 Folder 5
United Nations Women's Decade Conference; NGO Forum '85, 1985.
Box 4 Folder 6
United Nations Women's Decade Conference: press, 1985.
Box 4 Folder 7
United Nations Women's Decade Conference: post conference literature, 1985-1986.
Box 4 Folder 8
United Nations Women's Decade Conference: program information, 1985-1986.
Box 4 Folder 9
United Nations Women's Decade Conference: reports, 1985.
Box 4 Folder 10
United Nations Women's Decade Conference: travel documents, 1985.
Box 4 Folder 11
Women & Health, 1984.
Box 4 Folder 12
Women's health, 1985-1986.
Box 4 Folder 13
Women's Health Alliance of Pennsylvania, 1982-1984.
Box 4 Folder 14
Women's Occupational Health Resource Center, 1980-1984.
Box 4 Folder 15

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