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• Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams Presents Women's History Month Event, March 29, 2016, Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street, Brookyn, NY. 11201. Morning Panelist: Medication Safety and Older Women; Afternoon Speaker, Menopause 2016.

Autoimmune Diseases Association and the National Psoriasis Foundation, free public forum: "What Every American Needs to Know About Autoimmune Disease," Oregon Health Sciences University (OSHU), Portland, OR. Speaker: "Women & Autoimmunity, Making the Connections." August 4, 2012.

“Rita worked with AARDA for more than a decade, serving for six years on our board of Directors. As one of our national speakers, Rita possesses extensive medical knowledge, and is especially skilled at communicating and connecting with patients at our public forums. We have offered her book, "The Autoimmune Connection" at our public forums, and she has donated a portion of the proceeds to AARDA's research efforts. We wholeheartedly recommend her as an educator... and as a women's health advocate." Virginia Ladd, Past President, CEO and Founder, AARDA

Autoimmune Diseases Summit: The Global State of Autoimmunity, March 3, 2010, Washington, DC. Panel Moderator, Communicating the Issue: The Media's Role in Public Health Information Dissemination