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.
Jun 29, 2015

Empowering Shasta County and Beyond

Wonderful News!

Women's Health Specialists has partnered with the Institute of Technology to empower its graduating students on removing barriers to health care and providing client centered health care in Shasta County and beyond.

Women' s Health Specialists is a woman-controlled, nonprofit that provides a range of services including comprehensive reproductive health services for women and men in Northern California. For over thirty years, WHS has empowered community members through education, self-help and clinical services so that they can make the best health care decisions for themselves.

Institue of Technology located in Redding California as part of their  mission ,is to  empower their students to embark in the health care field and their choosen  careers. The careers that IT offers are as follows:

  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Medical Billing and Office Administration
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Professional Medical Assistant
  • Vocational Nursing                                                   

Two times a year each graduating class with an average of 28 students each,recevies a WHS education session. The staff at Institute of Technology have requested an education sessions on removing barriers in all areas of health care careers. No matter what career a student chooses, they have the knowledge and information to to make our health care system more client centered, informed, and help remove some of the barriers to receiving health care. In each of session Women's Health Specialists staff  covers:

  • What does it mean to be client centered?
  • Compassionate, Nonjudgmental, Confidentiality
  • What are the barriers to receiving health care?
  • Cultural Competency
  • Education and Empowering Self and Community                                                 

Students are asked why they chose the field in health care and how tthey plan on making positive changes for the future.Group discussions, inter-active activity and role plays are part of the education sessions. With the tools that Women's Health Specialists have shared with them, 56 students are educated  to continue on the positive road to success and empowerment for themselves and their community.

                    

Mar 24, 2015

WHS has Exciting News!

Exciting News!

Women’s Health Specialists has a new addition to our Young Women’s Leadership Program.

The importance of knowing your body, informed choices regarding birth control, removing the barriers to reproductive health care, learning about community support and resources WHS is introducing “The Red Box Project”.

“The Red Box Project”, addresses cultural violence against women empowering young women in our community to become change agents in eradicating this violence. With The Red Box Project, young women will provide information and practical tools to aid in the transformation of underlying beliefs that lead to sexist behavior and attitudes. WHS believes that this project along with the Young Women’s educational sessions will help create well informed young women in our community.

This project will be beneficial to our community by shining a light on the many ways that sexism feeds violence against women of all ages, sharing the empowering message that each member of our community can become a catalyst for change. As part of the Young Women’s Leadership Program students will enter with an open mind and exit with an expanded perspective. They will have an opportunity to share their thoughts what violence against women means to then, learn about what other young women have to share about their experiences is sexism, harassment, inequality, rape and other acts against women of all ages.

Past Leadership Graduates, will work with WHS staff in finding young women in their community that would benefit by attending this training. These young women will also help create, teach, become mentors for this group of young women.

These young women will take what they have learned to schools, community agencies, community events, and beyond. They will learn leadership and networking opportunities which will help create a healthier, informed community and the generations of young women in the future.

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

Dec 8, 2014

Empowering Her Community

We are excited to share with you the current project and success of our Young Women’s Leadership Program!

Kayla is a past graduate from the Young Women’s Leadership Program. Kayla has been actively involved in the local community and works in the schools with at risk youth. Currently Kayla has come back into our circle and is actively doing outreach within the community informing others about accessing services to get STD/HIV testing, birth control, pregnancy test, condoms and encouraging women to know about their bodies.

Kayla is also currently in the process of expanding the knowledge she gained from the Young Women’s Leadership Training by recruiting young women from her own community to participate. Kayla will be a leader of at the Young Women’s Leadership Training with 10-15 individuals and encourage them to also be informed and share information with others. Kayla is working with our current educators to prepare this training and present it in a culturally respectable way to her peers. She is informing the trainers of issues that her peers are dealing with today. This will help our program meet the needs of her community and help our program grow.

It is amazing to see the growth and confidence within Kayla. The Young Women’s Leadership Program truly helps build leaders and empowers women with success!! We are very excited to have Kayla come back to us and want to empower other people in her community. She is the participant who is now the leader!!!

The picture attached shows Kayla participating in an outreach event within her community. Kayla talks with people and expresses the importance of knowing your body and accessing services.  

Please continue to support our Young Women’s Leadership Program. Your support is what makes it possible for young women like Kayla to build self-confidence and leadership skills that they can use their entire life.

Stay tuned for our next project update where we will announce the location and date of our next Young Women’s Leadership Program!

 
   

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