New York State Policy Roundtable

Event Date(s): 
May 10, 2016
Albany, NY
Event category: 

Women In Government
“State Policy Roundtable on the Health of Women of Reproductive Age”
Hyland Library
Renaissance Albany Hotel
Albany, New York
                  May 10, 2016                    




8:30 a.m.        

Welcome and Introductions

  • Dyan Alexander, Executive Director, Women In Government

Opening Remarks

  • Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (New York), Women In Government State Director

Panel Presentation on the Health of Women of Reproductive Age

  • Assemblymember Kevin Cahill (New York)
  • Mara Gandal-Powers, Counsel, Reproductive Rights and Health, National Women’s Law Center
  • Dr. Yesmean Wahdan, Medical Director, U.S. Medical Affairs, Bayer Women’s HealthCare

Audience Dialogue and Questions

  • Pam Goins, Director of Policy & Programs, Women In Government

10:00a.m.        Adjourn


Assemblymember Kevin A. Cahill
New York

Assemblymember Kevin Cahill (D-Ulster, Dutchess), representative of the 103rd Assembly District, is a leader on civil rights, education, labor and women’s issues.  He continues to stand with his colleagues to provide New Yorkers with quality, affordable healthcare, bring meaningful ethics and campaign finance reform to state government and protect our natural resources.  Assemblymember Cahill’s experience in the Ulster County Legislature as minority leader led him to the State Assembly in 1992.  He has previously served as Chair of the Assembly Standing Committee on Energy, Assembly Standing Committee on Ethics, Assembly Task Force on People with Disabilities and is currently the Chair of the Assembly Standing Committee on Insurance.  A graduate of SUNY New Paltz and Albany Law School, Kevin Cahill is an attorney and served as a director of a Medicare health plan.  He uses this experience to better serve the people of his district and all citizens of New York State.  As a lifelong resident of Kingston and the proud father of two daughters, Mr. Cahill has close ties to the community and keeps the best interests of his constituents in mind as he fervently advocates on their behalf.

Mara Gandal-Powers
Counsel, Reproductive Rights and Health
National Women’s Law Center

Mara Gandal-Powers is Counsel for Reproductive Rights and Health at the National Women’s Law Center. Her work at the Center focuses on access to and coverage of birth control, as well as Medicaid.  She previously was a legal fellow and an intern at the Center. During law school, Ms. Gandal-Powers was a law clerk for Senator Al Franken on the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law. Additionally, she interned for the Children’s Health Advocacy Project, a medical-legal partnership between Legal Services of Eastern Missouri and health centers and children’s hospitals in St. Louis. She received her undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College where she majored in Women’s Studies. She received her law degree from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, where she served as co-president of Law Students for Reproductive Justice and was an associate editor of the Washington University Global Studies Law Review. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Gandal-Powers worked for the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs. She currently serves on the Alumnae Board of The Holton-Arms School.

Dr. Yesmean Wahdan
Medical Director, U.S. Medical Affairs
Bayer Women’s HealthCare

Dr. Yesmean Wahdan, MD is a Medical Director for US Medical Affairs in the Bayer Women’s HealthCare division.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology from Marymount University and her Medical Degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine.  She completed her OB/GYN residency at combined program at Georgetown University Medical Center and Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC.  She has also published a number of abstracts and articles in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Journal of Reproductive Science.