“Thank you for creating a space for young women to take on Leadership roles and discuss issues relevant to their lives.”
Our local programs appeal to women and girls of all ages with diverse interests, and are made possible through partnerships with our Partners. Programs include:
New Generation Health Center (NGHC) is a unique, freestanding, community-based center dedicated solely to youth. At NGHC the emphasis is placed on providing a teen-friendly environment and serving an ethnically and racially diverse community in a culturally appropriate manner. Located in the largely Latino Mission District of San Francisco, NGHC offers a unique combination of health and social services to young people ages 12 to 24.
NGHC's mission is to help teens avoid pregnancies by providing a comprehensive range of services including medical services, social services and health education to young people. Services include family planning, sexually transmitted infection diagnosis and treatment, community outreach and education and activities to increase life options. The clinic also offers an after-school enrichment group for teen girls. Examples of NGHC's innovative community outreach programs include peer educators who teach curricula in Bay Area schools; the Male Involvement Program, which aims to involve adolescent males in reproductive health activities; and a social marketing project to develop educational bus shelter posters, posters for schools and brochures for teens.
For further information please visit the NGHC website.
UCSF has established a Multicultural Resource Center to promote a campus culture of inclusion and equity, cultural competency and interprofessional collaboration, as well as support the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, staff, students and trainees.
The UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women's Health actively promotes breastfeeding for the health of mother and baby. Annually the Coe joins 120 countries around the globe to recognize World Breastfeeding Week, which advocates for protection and support of the right to breastfeed. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health, breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months of a child’s life can possibly offer protection from, for example, ear infections, diarrhea and respiratory illnesses.
The Young Women's Health Leadership Summitt (YWHLS) began as a partnership between California State Senator Jackie Speier (now US Representative, D-CA, 12th District) and Dr. Nancy Milliken, Director of the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women's Health. The YWHLS was the first summitt of its kind designed for young women, by young women.
This partnership was developed to address health needs of young women. As the two partnering organizations began to meet and discuss topics that could be covered at the YWHLS, it became clear that young women today face serious challenges. Far too many young women are victims of domestic violence, are infected with sexually transmitted infections, and suffer from low self-esteem or depression. The YWHLS focuses on empowering and inspiring young women with resources and knowledge so they have the information and support to combat many of these issues. The Young Women's Health Leadership Summit is held annually in the spring.
Each year we participate in Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day (HCADV Day), a nationally recognized awareness-raising day that takes place annually on the second Wednesday of October. Sponsored by the Family Violence Prevention Fund, HCADV Day aims to reach members of the healthcare community and educate them about the critical importance of assessing for domestic violence, as well as the long term health implications of domestic violence and lifetime exposure to violence. Read more at The Family Violence Prevention Fund.
Mind Over Bladder is a workshop for anyone who is concerned or wants to learn more about urinary incontinence (the involuntary loss of urine) and problems of pelvic support (prolapse) as well as recommended treatments. Over thirteen million Americans suffer from urinary incontinence, 85% of whom are women. Presenters are faculty members from the UCSF Women's Continence Center. This program is presented by the UCSF Women's Continence Center and the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women's Health.
Each year the Center of Excellence celebrates Women's Equality Day, August 26th and recognizes the work of the National Women's History Project. Celebrations have included a women's quiz, screenings of Iron Jawed Angels or Votes for Women, and distribution of voter registration information.