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Writer, lecturer, cultural mediator, and business consultant Donna Ron has championed women’s health issues in a variety of settings for decades. Just out of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where she earned her undergraduate degree with distinction in Psychology and History, Donna Ron worked for the Women’s Health Lobbying Organization as an Administrative Assistant in its New York City office, and Assistant Director of a national conference held in Washington, D.C. She reviewed and evaluated the delivery of health services in New York City on behalf of the Health Services Administration and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
The health benefits of breastfeeding became a particular interest for Donna Ron after she moved to Israel in 1973. There, she led group meetings of young mothers in parenting skills and breastfeeding. Israel’s Ministry of Health employed Donna Ron as a parent education instructor at a clinic in Afula, and she initiated a similar program at the Emek Medical Center in the same Northern Israel community. Eventually, Donna Ron initiated a formal evaluation of that program for a dissertation in the Health Systems Management Master’s program at Tel Aviv University. In her research, she found that the promotion of breastfeeding at the hospital resulted in a 24 percent increase in participation by new mothers. Donna Ron conducted workshops for nurses and midwives, sponsored by UNICEF and the World Health Organization, on such topics as “Breastfeeding Management and Promotion in a Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative.” Her efforts boosted respect for and the effectiveness of the neonatal nursing staff at Emek Medical Center.
Donna Ron belongs to the International Lactation Consultant Association and has Board certification as a Lactation Consultant from the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners. She is also affiliated with the Israel Childbirth Education Center and the International Union for Health Promotion and Education. The 60-year-old Association for Americans and Canadians in Israel recognized Donna Ron’s accomplishments with its Volunteerism Award.
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