Women's Health Specialists

We have a vision: A world where women control their own bodies, reproduction and sexuality. The Feminist Women's Health Center / Women's Health Specialists is dedicated to providing women-controlled health care and advocating for all options for all women. Only with dignity and freedom of choice can women achieve their full potential.
May 1, 2013

Plans are Underway!

With two Young Women’s Leadership Programs set to kick-off this summer, program organizers are currently recruiting for program participants and facilitators in both Chico and Sacramento, California. The selection process for both participants and facilitators relies heavily on the ties we have with community organizations.

Program participants are selected from various resources in the community. We are in contact with local agencies that work with youth, high schools, and organizations who work with populations that are underserved. This selection process helps build a diverse group of young women who may not otherwise have the opportunity to work together. We have found that selecting participants in this way provides a richer experience for everyone involved.

Selecting facilitators is as crucial as selecting the participants. We are searching for facilitators who possess compassion and have a capacity for mindful listening. Having a good sense of humor and flexibility are also necessary assets for a facilitator’s success. Last, we are looking for facilitators that welcome and encourage other voices, a characteristic that is essential for successful outcomes.

As our planning continues, we are grateful for all the support we have received for our project. Stay tuned for the next update where the results of at least one Young Women’s Leadership Program scheduled to take place in June will be shared.

Jan 28, 2013

We're Gearing Up!

As we prepare for the next series of Young Women’s Leadership programs we found ourselves reflecting on past programs and came across some statements that participants had when asked, “What were some of the most important things you learned from the Young Women’s Leadership Program?” Here’s what some of them had to say.

 “I learned women are powerful.”
 “I learned how to get help through community resources.”
 “I learned how important it is to use protection.”

It was inspiring to read what the young women walked away with after completing our Young Women’s Leadership Program. It also furthered our commitment to help young women become socially, emotionally, physical and cognitively stronger by providing a comprehensive program that uses dynamic youth development principles.

It would be remiss if I did not mention that while we were reflecting on past programs we found ourselves overwhelmed with gratitude for the growing support we have received to make it possible for us to keep the Young Women’s Leadership Program going and available to young women. Support comes in many ways and we couldn’t be more thankful.

Oct 24, 2012

Exciting News!

We have received a sizable donation from a longtime supporter that will help make it possible for us to host our Young Women’s Leadership Program next summer in Sacramento, CA! We are so excited to bring this wonderful program to the Sacramento community for the very first time. 

Thanks to supporters who have donated and continue to donate to our Young Women’s Leadership Program, we have decided to also host a Young Women’s Leadership Program in Chico, CA next summer as originally planned. We feel confident we can host two programs in the same year because of the recent funds we received, in addition to the funds we will continue to raise.

Recently, a past participant shared the impact our Young Women’s Leadership Program had on her.

“What I learned from the Young Women’s Leadership Program is how important it is to know about your body. They taught us about different types of birth control, shared information about community resources and had interactive presentations that supported what we were learning.

During the program we also got to know each other very well so every day when we would meet up it felt like a bunch of friends getting together. I would have to say after the program was over I would definitely do it again!”

A new addition to our program will be the inclusion of past participants coming back to mentor the new participants. We plan to include them in all phases of the week long program providing them with leadership and networking opportunities.

Please share this wonderful news to increase support for our program that not only builds community, but community leaders!

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