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Women's Health Education Program Activities

Presenting during a Women's Health Education Program event.

Women's Health Lectures & Resource Sessions

The Women's Health Education Program is responsible for providing lectures and resource sessions on women's health topics to first through fourth year medical students. Topics covered in lectures include:

  • Orientation to Women's Health
  • Introduction to Women's Health & Sex and Gender Medicine
  • Personal Attitudes Towards Reproductive Options
  • Domestic Violence
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Diagnosis & Management of Victims of Assault
  • Eating Disorders
  • Role of Culture in Medical Education & Clinical Care
  • Women's Health & Prevention
  • Lesbian Health

Women's Health Seminar Series

The Women's Health Seminar Series is a weekly series offered between October and February that is focused on the interests of first and second year medical students, but is open to all medical students.

Learn more about the Women's Health Seminar Series

Women's Health Day

Women's Health Day is an annual half-day given to the second year IFM Introduction to Clinical Medicine students on a selected women's health topic. Past topics include:

  • Let's Talk About Sex
  • International Women's Health: A Global Perspective
  • Population Specific Health Care: The Needs of Latinas
  • Asian American and Pacific Islander Women's Health

Presentations on Girl's and Women's Health Issues

Regional and national presentations on girls' and women's health, given at conferences sponsored by organizations such as the American Medical Writers' Association, the American Heart Association, the American Medical Women's Association, the American Association of Medical Colleges and others.

Community Health Education

The Women's Health Education Program participates in local health fairs and presents workshops on a variety of women's health topics.

Research Projects

Research projects involve health education and outreach to communities in Philadelphia, frequently incorporating the participation of other organizations, such as churches, shelters, aid programs and student organizations. Research is supported through grants from the Office of Women's Health and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Ongoing projects include:

  • An NIH (NHLBI) sponsored grant to develop a model to teach medical students and health professionals about cultural issues in care and decrease gender and ethnic health disparities in heart, lung and blood diseases.
  • Philadelphia Ujima, a grant sponsored by the US Department of Health and Human Services/Office on Women's Health, to teach a corps of community members within Philadelphia to do community outreach and health education in the areas of heart health, hypertension, stroke, diabetes, cancer screening and fitness/obesity.
  • A grant sponsored project to teach consumers how to read food labels in a way that directly affects their health.

Past Activities and Projects

WHEP initiated health education programs, and community-based projects that involved the participation of local community members. Some past projects include:

  • Listen, Little Sister – an innovative health education intervention designed by WHEP to decrease high risk behavior in preteens and teens by an all-day session with women and their daughters.
  • Menopause Education Tool – an interactive health education project with community input that evaluated the utility of menopause health risk awareness and developed an assessment tool.
  • An NIH (NHLBI/OWH) sponsored curricular dissemination program.

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"The Women's Health Seminar Series is a fabulous way to bring up sex and gender differences in medicine that aren't often brought up elsewhere."
Michelle Orengo-McFarlane, Class of 2007