15th Annual Women’s Health Forum “Fit & Fabulous You: Today & Beyond” a Resounding Success

As part of its ongoing efforts to be a health resource for residents and visitors in Collier County, Collier County Medical Society and the Foundation of CCMS were pleased to host the 15th Annual Women’s Health Forum, a free health education event for the public, on Saturday, March 23, 8:30am-12:45pm at the Naples United Church of Christ.

More than 300 participants at this popular event enjoyed breakout sessions with educational talks from 23 CCMS member physicians, an exhibit hall with 24 vendors that offered resources, products, and solutions for women, and healthy refreshments, with 22 volunteers and staff helping to make the event possible.

“We are grateful for another successful Women’s Health Forum that provided a wellspring of tailored medical education to our attendees,” said committee chair Dr. Catherine Kowal. “Thank you to the dedicated physician speakers for their invaluable contributions to the community as well as to all supporters whose generosity enabled us to raise $6,550 for our Foundation.”

The Forum, with the theme “Fit & Fabulous You: Today & Beyond” focused on helping attendees develop a deeper understanding of their health and what it takes to become more “fit & fabulous”. The presentations were designed to strengthen attendees’ wellness skills so they achieve their healthcare goals today and beyond, and included innovations in women’s health, new medical technologies, and important developments in women’s preventive care.

Presenters were carefully selected by the physician members of the Women’s Health Forum Committee. Breakout session topics were chosen based on value and impact on women’s health and included: Aesthetics, Arthritis, Brain & Spine Health, Breast Cancer, Gastroenterology, Fitness, Heart & Vascular Health, Joint Replacement, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Osteoporosis, Pain Management, Weight Loss, and more. Each presentation had a dedicated physician Q&A session allowing attendees time to gain a deeper understanding of the topic.

Each year the Forum also enables CCMS to donate funds to its charitable Foundation, to help provide scholarships for future medical professionals and support for local healthcare programs in need. Contributions from event sponsors and exhibitors, plus donations from attendees make this support possible. Attendee donations at the door totaled $1,550, and CCMS is donating $5,000 of the sponsor and exhibitor fees. For more information on the Foundation of CCMS, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, visit ccmsfoundation.org.

The 15th Annual Women’s Health Forum was made possible with the generosity of presenting sponsors Hobdari Family Health, Inspire Exercise Medicine/Magnolia Breast Center, and Wintrust Wealth Management. Support was provided by sponsors Creative Scripts Compound Pharmacy, Healthcare Network, Indiana Joint Replacement Institute, Life in Naples, Paradise Coast Breast Specialists, ProScan NCH Imaging, and Vascular Center of Naples. Numerous exhibitors and supporters were also critical to the event’s success.

CCMS, an association representing more than 700 physicians, is dedicated to serving the needs of their physician members so they can better serve the needs of the community. Founded in 1957, CCMS brings together physicians who have an interest in organized medicine and share the goals of maintaining high standards of clinical care in Collier County. The Annual Women’s Health Forum is a critical part of the Medical Society’s community outreach. For more information visit ccmsonline.org or call   239.435.7727.

Stay tuned for details on the 2025 Women’s Health Forum next spring.

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