Cigna Sponsors U.N. Discussion on Women and Non-Communicable Diseases

  • “Debunking Myths and Taking Action” session set for March 16
  • Dr. Christina Stasiuk of Cigna among speakers
  • Organized by Taskforce on Women & NCDs and NCD Alliance

BLOOMFIELD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Cigna will sponsor “Women and NCDs: Debunking Myths and Taking Action”
at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 1-3 p.m. March 16 as
part of the UN’s 61st session of the Commission on the Status
of Women. Dr. Christina Stasiuk, senior medical director for Cigna and
expert on health disparities, will be among the speakers.

The purpose of the event is to increase awareness about how to reduce
the impact of NCDs by empowering girls and women, and is organized by
the Taskforce on Women & NCDs and the NCD-Alliance in collaboration with
UN Women, International Alliance of Women, and Conference on NGOs.
Women’s health advocates, policymakers, heads of delegations, female
world leaders, and women from throughout the global business community
are expected to attend.

“We’re calling for increased action on prevention programs for women and
girls. NCDs impact women uniquely as patients, mothers and caregivers,
and NCDs have a huge economic toll on families and communities,” Dr.
Stasiuk said. “As key decision-makers, women lead efforts towards
healthy living. To further empower women, they need support and access
to information about health and NCD prevention. Companies, NGOs and
health systems must encourage women to take care of their own health
with regular health check-ups, NCD testing and early screening,” she
said.

Dr. Stasiuk will be part of a panel on “Social Mobilization and Taking
Action,” moderated by Nalini Saligram, CEO and founder of Arogya World,
co-chair of the Task Force on Women and NCDs and a Cigna Foundation
World of Difference partner.

Dr. Stasiuk is the clinical leader for Cigna’s Health Equity Council,
and in 2012 she accepted the Surgeon General’s Medallion on behalf of
the Council in recognition of its exceptional achievements to advance
the cause of public health and medicine. Dr. Stasiuk is a member of the
American Osteopathic Association, the Minority Health Committee of the
American College of Osteopathic Internists, and the Philadelphia Medical
Society. She joined Cigna full time in 2003 after 14 years of solo
practice in internal medicine and clinical consulting, and works closely
with employers, health care professionals and other stakeholders to
improve the quality of health care while controlling costs and engaging
individuals to help improve their health.

About Cigna

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dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being and sense
of security. All products and services are provided exclusively by or
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Insurance Company, Life Insurance Company of North America and Cigna
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an integrated suite of health services, such as medical, dental,
behavioral health, pharmacy, vision, supplemental benefits, and other
related products including group life, accident and disability
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jurisdictions, and has more than 90 million customer relationships
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Contacts

MEDIA:
Cigna
Gloria Barone, 215.761.4758
Gloria.barone@cigna.com