Virginia Reath RPA MPH PC has been a practicing clinician, educator and activist in the fields of gynecology, sexual and reproductive heath care for the past 30 years. She is also a practicing visual artist. Virginia continues to make and exhibit her art and has shown in New York and California.
Virginia studied painting and drawing at Bard College in the early 70’s. It was during the these years that her commitment as a feminist brought her attention to the needs of women in the area of reproductive and sexual parity and women’s health. She became a pro-choice advocate and activist and was inspired to enroll in the pre-med program at NYU.
Subsequently she completed The Physician Associate Program at Johns Hopkins Medical School in 1978. Her interest in women and girl’s sexual and reproductive access to health care and education inspired her to pursue a double masters in both Public Health and Community Health Education from Hunter College in 1983.
Starting in the 70's and carrying on into the present, Virginia has been active in creating access to reproductive and sexual health care and has conducted numerous workshops on reproductive justice, abortion access, sexuality and health for girls and women through the NYC area.
From 1995-1999 she co-hosted “SNATCHES," a cult favorite women's talk radio show on the public radio station WBAI. She was the recipient of The ACLU Reproductive Rights Project Award for her work and activism in women's sexual reproductive heath & justice in 2000.
Virginia created and produced "Changing Bodies" a workshop on menstruation for The Girls Project, an after school program for girls 10-12 yr olds, in the Lower East Side for 10 years. In 2003 she was selected for Eileen Fisher's campaign "Women Who Change the World Everyday,” for her work with The Girls Project. Virginia was awarded The Pink Award by The Girls Project in 2005. She continues to be involved in The Girls Project, now part of the Sadie Nash Foundation.
During her 30 years of practice, she has developed a speciality in integrative gynecological health where she addresses the specific needs of women, especially to the transitions of hormones and sexuality. This is the focus of her current consulting practice.
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