Jennifer Block

health care journalist, in conversation with Elisa Albert, fiction writer

Tuesday, March 3, 2020
7:30 p.m. Conversation/Q&A - Huxley Theatre, NYS Museum,
Cultural Education Center, 222 Madison Ave., Albany NY 12230. See map

Earlier that same day, Block will give a craft talk at 4:15 p.m. in Multi-Purpose Room, Campus Center West, University at Albany, 1400 Washington Ave., Albany NY 12222. See map
Both events free and open to the public.

Jennifer Block is the author of an eye-opening investigation into the shortcomings of women’s health care— Everything Below the Waist: Why Health Care Needs a Feminist Revolution (2019), “a must-read for women, especially any woman who might ever need to see a doctor” (Washington Post). She poses the question, “Why is the life expectancy of U.S. women today declining relative to women in other high-income countries?”


Block is an independent journalist focused on women and health. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post Magazine, Pacific Standard, The Cut, Newsweek, The Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. Her first book, Pushed (2007), led a wave of attention to the national crisis in maternity care and was named a "Best Book of 2007" by Kirkus Reviews.

A reporter with Type Investigations, Block won several awards for her investigative reporting on the permanent contraceptive implant Essure, which has since been discontinued. For early chapters of Everything Below the Waist, she won a Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant. Follow her on Twitter at

Elisa Albert is the author of After Birth (2015), The Book of Dahlia (2008), How This Night is Different (2006), and the editor of the anthology Freud’s Blind Spot (2010).

Block and Albert recently co-wrote an opinion piece published in the New York Times titled ”Who’s Afraid of Gwyneth Paltrow and Goop?”


Evrything Below the Waist book cover
Jennifer Block  (c) Jade Beall

Jennifer Block, photo by Jade Beall