2023 Inaugural SWHR Winter Social


SWHR Hosted Winter Social to Celebrate Women’s Health Champions

The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) hosted its Inaugural Winter Social this year, to celebrate the season and the women’s health research community.

The evening of festivities took place at Teddy and the Bully Bar, 1200 19th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20036, on Thursday, December 7.

We toasted to our women’s health research community and honored two incredible women’s health champions.



2023 Women’s Health Champions

Juana Mata
Lupus Patient, Health Care Advocate, Looms for Lupus
Juana Mata
Lupus Patient, Health Care Advocate, Looms for Lupus

Juana Mata is a Children’s Social Worker for the Department of Children and Family Services. She has been working for DCFS for the past 29 years. Juana works with children and their families to assist, support, and guide them through the process of separation, reunification, maintenance, and or adoption. Juana has been interviewed by Telemundo on her Lupus journey, shared her story with the California Chronic Care Coalition, My Patient Rights. She is a former National Ambassador for the NIH All Of us Research Program as well as a Virtual Advisor Team member for both the All of us Research Program and the Scripps Research Digital Trials Center. She has been featured as a Lupus Hero by Lupus LA, written blogs for Lupus Research Alliance and was part of the Advocacy\Lobbying efforts in Washington DC on March 2018 through 2022. Also in March of 2018, Juana was honored as the 48th Assembly District Woman of the Year by Assemblywoman Blanca E. Rubio in the annual event at the Capitol. Juana was the 2019 Lupus Patient Advisor for Patients Like Me, the world’s largest personalized patient platform. In 2018 and 2019 Juana was a consumer advocate for the scientific peer review of Department of Defense. Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs’ Lupus Research Program. Juana also advocates for Fibromyalgia and Mental Health; she attended the first Fibromyalgia DC advocacy day in 2019. Juana is one of the co-founders of Looms for Lupus is a nonprofit organization that provides support for Lupus survivors, their families and caregivers. She dedicated to raising awareness, self-advocacy and advocating for lupus, fibromyalgia and mental health. Juana advocates with local, state and national government officials. Juana lives in Los Angeles County in CA with her husband and Son. She has two sons and two grandchildren.

Marianna Raia, MS, CGC
Associate Director of Programs, Expecting Health
Marianna Raia, MS, CGC
Associate Director of Programs, Expecting Health

Marianna Raia, MS, CGC, is the Associate Director of Programs at Expecting Health. Raia brings over 15 years of experience in clinical genetics, healthcare, laboratory and biotechnology industries. As a genetic counselor, she has dedicated her career to bringing forth awareness of genetic knowledge, family advocacy, and community education. Driven by the mission to increase access to genetic services, she has helped innovate and deliver new models of patient care through patient-centered education and telehealth services. Raia is committed to helping patients, providers, and the public understand how genetic information can empower you to make decisions about your health and the health of your family. Raia earned her Master of Genetic Counseling from the University of Texas at Houston Health Science Center.


2023 Sponsors

Florence Haseltine, PhD, MD

Gretta Stone