March 16, 2021 – In celebration of Women’s History Month, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Nevada County Branch will offer a look at the critical roles of women—past, present, and future–in Nevada County health care.  The program will be presented via ZOOM on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.  It is free and open to the public.  Featured presenters are three local health experts: Linda Jack, Dr. Dawn Harris, and Dr. Brian Evans.

Linda Jack, Director, Nevada County Historical Society, has done extensive research on the social history of California, with a special focus on individuals, groups, or topics that have been underrepresented in Nevada County’s history. 

Photo courtesy of the Sisters of Mercy Archive. School girls at the main entrance of the then convent (now St. Joseph’s Cultural Center) at 410 S. Church St, Grass Valley, from the late 19th century.

She will discuss the Sisters of Mercy, a Catholic order of women in Grass Valley whose members educated the community’s children, cared for the region’s orphans, and provided health care to children and other underserved residents of Nevada County for over 150 years, beginning in 1863 and including the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic.

Dr. Harris is an Emergency Medicine Specialist in Grass Valley. She has more than 22 years of diverse experiences, especially in Emergency Medicine. Harris is currently affiliated with Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital as the Emergency Department Medical Director & Chief of Medicine; and cooperates with many other doctors and specialists in the Swope Medical Group Inc. Dr. Harris will brief us on the key role of women in the current pandemic.

Dr. Evans is President/CEO of Dignity Health SNMH, with five years in hospital administration and more than 20 years of experience practicing as an Emergency Department physician.  He partnered with Nevada County to establish the Crisis Stabilization Unit for behavioral health and created a substance use coalition with community partners. He is currently coordinating with the County Health Department to run the Covid vaccination center at Whispering Pines. Dr. Evans will give us a glimpse into planning for future health care needs.

The meeting is open to the public and will begin at 10 a.m. on March 20, with attendees asked to log in to ZOOM between 9:30 and 9:55 a.m. For the link to the ZOOM meeting, go to AAUW Nevada County at: mj

AAUW membership is open to individuals with an associate, baccalaureate, or higher degree from a qualified educational institution. For individuals interested in participating in branch interest groups and other activities, but who have not had the opportunity to complete a degree, the Nevada County Branch offers “Friends of AAUW” membership. For more than 75 years, the AAUW Nevada County Branch has been striving to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. For more information: or call 530-470-9395.