The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

3247.0: Monday, November 17, 2003 - Board 9

Abstract #71177

Women's healthcare initiative: Building an alliance

Gail D. Hughes, DrPH, MPH, Department of Preventive Medicine-Epidemiology, University of Mississippi Medical Centre, 2500 North State Street, Jackson, MS 39216-4505, Annette Low, MD, Department of Medicine- Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center, 2500 North State Street, Jackson, MS 39216, Christine Sheffer, DDS, School of Dentistry, Univerisity of Mississippi Medical Center, 2500 North State Street, Jackson, MS 39216, and Bern'Nadette Knight, MSPH, Department of General Internal Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center, 2500 North State St., Jackson, MS 39216-4505, 601-815-3163, bernnadettek@medicine.umsmed.edu.

Introduction: The major thrust of this initiative is to build a foundational Alliance between the Excellence of Womenís Health Program at the University Of Mississippi Medical Center: CARE for women nonprofit and the Mississippi Womenís Collective (MWC) focused upon insuring the availability of women-centered health services. Through the alliance, a relationship between a major healthcare facility and a nonprofit organization is forged that moves toward meeting their goals of serving womenís health needs.

Objective: To 1) develop a collaborative model to enhance healthcare services and resource programs for women 2) create an interactive, culturally and gender specific informational outreach office and 3) disseminate findings, resource allocations and services provided to target groups.

Summary: This collaboratorís aim is to develop: 1) an alliance of womenís professional organizations; and 2) specific programs based on women-focused services through collaboration and coordination of existing services. The goal is to identify, evaluate, and make available educational materials from local and national organizations, develop a resource center for females, adults, and adolescents targeting women in the surrounding community, and create programs specific to the needs of women as identified by them.

Conclusion: This proposal is an example of how a medical center program and a nonprofit partnership can provide needed healthcare services and community resources for women. Partnering with MWC will allow CARE to further its community outreach core goals and expand its reach into the community. The Alliance bridges services and communities and assist both organizations in building foundational components in their respective programs.

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Keywords: Women's Health, Community Programs

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

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The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA