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.
Dec 6, 2016

Cultivating Young Women Leaders Success Story

Monthly WHS Staff Meeting
Monthly WHS Staff Meeting

Cultivating Young Women Leaders of Northern California Success Story

 

Women’s Health Specialists of Redding continues to work with young women in our community. WHS wants to share a very special success story about one of these powerful young women that is making a difference on our community.

Ariel first became involved with Women’s Health Specialists as a student through Shasta College’s “Community Service Learning Program”. She became an intern at Women’s Health Specialists and found her passion. She attended one of our “Young Women Leaders Trainings”, her journey continued. She enrolled in a Gender Studies Class during her last year at Shasta College. Ariel made the decision to transfer to UC Santa Cruz to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree in Feminist Studies, with an emphasis in Culture, Power and Representation. She also volunteered with the LGBT Center’s Q-Spot, a youth respite program.  Women’s Health Specialists staff kept in contact and gave support and input during this part of her journey.

Ariel moved back to Redding with passions and wiliness to make a difference here in her community. WHS was glad to have her back to help inspire and support other young women in Redding.

Ariel was accepted in Women’s Health Specialists “Peer Prevention Education Project”, and became an outstanding peer educator and outreach worker regarding, removing the barriers to reproductive health among her peers in our community. With emphasis on decreasing STI rates in Shasta County.

Ariel also began volunteering for NorCal OUTreach Program here in Redding and bought her newly learned knowledge back to our other peer educators, staff, and clients. Her involvement encouraged our other young women to become involved in many community events and education sessions.

Ariel, along with the support of her peers and WHS staff, continue to educate young women with knowledge and life skill tools.  Young women are continually supported to increase self-confidence and hone their leadership abilities.  Women’s Health Specialists in Redding had an opening for a new staff member and Ariel applied. She is now a Health Worker in training!

Women’s Health Specialist are planning on providing more” Young Women’s Leadership Trainings “after January 2017. Ariel, and other young women will continue to provide information to peers, friends, and community members with the message Educate, Empower, Lead, & Change.

With your on-going support these success stories will only grow. Young women will continue to educate, empower, and support a positive future in the field of reproductive health care for all.

Ariel is on the Left
Ariel is on the Left
Peer Educators
Peer Educators
Sep 9, 2016

Youth Reproductive Health Outreach Project 2016 Up

It has been a very busy and successful summer for WHS Peer Outreach Workers! Two more training and education sessions were held for ongoing development and creating new messages that continue to encourage sexually active teens, 15 to 19 years of age to access contraception; and to reduce the incidence of gonorrhea in Shasta County. During this time frame, WHS Peer Outreach Workers from the ages 20 to 29 have also been trained to reach this age group in Shasta County.

WHS Peer Outreach workers maintain two-week records of all activities, locations, people and age groups reached, and information disseminated. Information is passed to Outreach Manager who records and stores information for each individual Peer Outreach Worker.Information  is tallied, compiled and submitted to Shata County Public Health at the end of each quarter.

Youth that were hired after the training sessions were made part of an information and education Advisory Group, to provide feedback on process: Group recommended that all peer outreach workers meet weekly and provide feedback from all events and outreach that were completed for the past week. ICE Breaker Exercise, and Role Plays, for on going education for outreach workers from 15 thru 29 years old. Youth Outreach Workers help plan weekly community events and outreach and schedule accordingly.

Number of referral to teen's ages 15 to 19 for contraceptive services: 185% of our target served.

Number of young people screened for Gonorrhea/Chlamydia from 15 - 29 age groups is 79% of our target as of this date.

Positive offered treatment and partners contacted and offered screening/treatment has been 100% of our target.

These Young Peer Outreach workers continue to show WHS and others that they continue to have the power and voice for positive change in their community! Peer Outreach Workers continue to inform, educate, and empower all young people in their community and beyond. Shasta County is on not going to be the  Number 2 county for GC/CZ outbreak in California much longer!


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Jun 13, 2016

Youth Reproductive Health Outreach Project 2016

In 2016, Women's Health Specialists of Redding conducted strategies to address contraceptive and reproductive health information in Shasta County. In particular, to conduct special outreach and education activities within Shasta County conducting  special outreach and education activites within Shasta County in order to develop and spread messages that incourage sexually active teens, 15 to 19 years of age to access contraception, reduce the incidence of gonorrhea in Shasta County. Report from the Shasta County Health Department stated, Shasta County is number two in the state with only SanFrancisco in the number one position for gonorrhea outbreak.

Two Teen Leardership training sessions were held, with eight young people each, between the ages of 15 to 19 who broadly represented our community. Each session contained eight hours of training and an evaluation component with a pre and post survey. Each of the students received a scholarship at the conclusion of the session. Youth listen to youth first, so empowering this gourp of young people will be a very powerful tool in our county and beyond.

These two leadership training sessions provided these young people with the tools and trust  needed to refer other young people to Women's Health Specialists . Peer Outreach workers refer clients from local organizations, schools in the Anderson, Redding, and Shasta Lake City areas. Peer Outreach workers also attend community meeting, summits, educations sessions with other community agencies to expand their area of education and information.

Youth Peer Outreach workers can demystify mistaken perceptions, create trust and comfort plus demonstrate leadership amoung their peers. In addition to making direct referrals, Peer outreach workers assist in developing preventive marketing and social media messages geared to youth in our communities and beyond.

This summer is going to be a very busy,informed, educated and empowering season. Peer Educators will be out in our community every Thursday at "The Market Street Faire",in Redding. Every Friday night, they will be in Shasta Lake City at " Friday Night in the Park Event". These peer outreach workers have attended the "Lao New Year Event", Institute of Technology Education Sessions, Anderson Family Fun Fest Event in Anderson, LGBTQ Youth Community Forum,One Safe Place VOICES meeting and event,  Whole Earth Watershed Event in Redding, and Take Back the Night Event.They have made many connections with these community partners and agencies for future outreach.

Young people do have the power and voice for positive change and this group of teens is contiuing to inform, edcuate, and empower all yourth in our community and beyond.

Women's Health Specialists practices what they believe, always supporting youth with a compassionate and learning atmosphere. Women's Health Specialists would like to say Thank You for your ongoing support of this project.

 
   

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