Health, Politics, and Planned Parenthood
Thursday, March 2
72 East Concord Street
Live-Streaming Available During Event
In 1917, Planned Parenthood was founded on the visionary idea that sexual and reproductive health care could changes people’s lives. 100 years later, in 2017, Planned Parenthood is under attack like never before—the lightening rod in the highly politicized battles over women’s health. Join our conversation with Dr. Jennifer Childs-Roshak, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts (PPLM); Nikki Goldschein, Public Affairs Coordinator for Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund; Zohar Preminger, PPLM Advocate and Patient; and the Honorable Juana Matias, newly elected State Representative from Lawrence, MA. We will explore the scope of PPLM’s work, reproductive health disparities and the political minefields that characterize policy debates about women’s health, reproductive rights and justice in 2017—both in our state and across the nation. Learn about how PPLM and our state legislators are fighting to assure females across the state and from all income, racial/ethnic, and gender identity groups, access to high quality sexual and reproductive health care. Bring your curiosity and ideas, and come away inspired and informed about how you can get involved and stand with Planned Parenthood and legislators in the fights ahead. This event is co-sponsored by Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts.
Jennifer Childs-Roshak, MD, MBA, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts
As President and CEO of Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts (PPLM), Jennifer Childs-Roshak, MD, MBA leads the largest freestanding reproductive health care provider in the Commonwealth. She also serves as the President of the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts, the advocacy and political arm of PPLM. Dr. Childs-Roshak is the first physician to lead these organizations in their histories. Prior to joining PPLM in November 2015, Dr. Childs-Roshak served as the Boston Regional Medical Director for Atrius Health while personally caring for 1,000 patients as a primary care physician. Dr. Childs-Roshak received her medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia and holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Boston University School of Management.
Nikki Goldschein, Public Affairs Coordinator, Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund
Nikki Goldschein joined the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts team in January of 2016. She is responsible for all of PPAF’s political and grassroots organizing as well as managing the Campus Organizing Program across the state. Before moving to Boston, Nikki spent six months in Iowa working on the Bernie 2016 campaign. She also served as the Assistant Director of Mainstreaming at Camp (MAC), an inclusive sleepaway summer camp program for children and young adults with developmental disabilities. Nikki graduated with honors from the State University of New York at New Paltz with degrees in Sociology (Concentration in Human Services) and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality studies.
Juana Matias, Massachusetts State Representative
Juana Matias and her family, fueled by hope and in search of the American dream, migrated from the Dominican Republic to the United States in the late 1980’s.
To provide for the family, her parents obtained blue-collar jobs in the Greater Lawrence area. Her father, a chemical engineer, worked as a Machine Operator for 17 years in Malden Mills (Polartec). Her mother, a former accountant worked for Central Metal Finishing as a precision finisher. After years of work, her parents started a small family business. Their teachings and entrepreneurial experience demonstrated to Juana that success could be reached through hard work and the attainment of an education.
From an early age Juana acquired from her parents strong values and work ethic. She internalized a passion and desire to learn, to be tenacious and to contribute to her community. She got her first job at 11-years-old as papergirl for the Eagle Tribune.
In 2009, Juana received a Bachelor’s degree with a double major in Political Science and Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts Boston. During college Juana served as the Undergraduate Student Government President, advocating for student interests and overseeing a $900k student activity budget. She also served as an intern for the Executive Office of Governor Deval Patrick, where she assisted with the preparation of internal/external events and public relation matters. Her college experience included studying abroad at the Hessen International University program in Marburg, Germany and Hochschule Fulda, Germany.
In 2008, Juana was selected as one out of 22 women to be part of the National Hispana Leadership Institute’s Latina’s Learning to Lead Fellowship Program. The National Hispana Leadership Institute was established in 1987 to “develop Latinas as ethical leaders through training, professional development, relationship building and community activism.”
After college Juana worked as a Social Worker serving the Lawrence community. In this position she worked with children who had suffered abuse, neglect and were in the custody of the Department of Children & Families. She provided foster children and foster parents with a wide range of support and social services. This experience further instilled in her that through her work and dedication she had the capacity to make a difference in the lives of others.
In 2014, she received her Juris Doctor degree from Suffolk University Law School. While pursuing her law school degree Juana served as a Student Attorney for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, where she represented the Commonwealth in a range of criminal matters. Juana also gained experience in the corporate world while working for 5 months during the summer of 2012 for J. Sagar Associates a top Indian Corporate Law firm in Bangalore, India.
After graduating law school, Juana continued her commitment to the public sector by working as a Justice Americorps Legal Advocate for Central West Justice Center and Affiliate of Community Legal Aid. There she served as an immigration advocate seeking humanitarian based immigration relief for unaccompanied children in removal proceedings. The justice AmeriCorps program is a joint initiative of the Department of Justice and AmeriCorps. She is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Matias Enterprises, LLC. a residential and commercial construction services company.
Juana’s is committed to continue to dedicate her professional career to serving the public and fighting for others.
Zohar Preminger, Advocate and Patient
Zohar Preminger, a patient at Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, is finishing her last year at Brookline High School. As a member of the PPLM Get Real Teen Council, Zohar works with within her community to be a resource and advocate for social justice. She will be moving to Washington, D.C. to work with City Year for the 2017-18 school year.