The NWHN encourages women to consult sources they trust for unbiased, evidence-based information with their needs and concerns in mind. The following links lead to the websites of organizations dedicated to improving the health of women and girls. Many of these organizations are our allies in advocating for women's health, and all of them offer excellent information on a variety of topics, from breast cancer to contraceptive use to adolescent sexuality. The NWHN believes that all women should take an active role in understanding their health to make informed decisions regarding their bodies and their healthcare. We encourage you to use the Women's Health Voice and these organizations in your pursuit of good health.
Breast Cancer Action
Breast Cancer Action is a non-profit advocacy group that provides information via newsletters, their website, and their toll-free phone number. The organization also lobbies for policy changes aimed at finding a true cure for breast cancer, achieving prevention through determining and eradicating the causes of the disease, and attaining universal access to healthcare. This website has links to sign up for the Breast Cancer Action newsletter and for e-alerts and also gives visitors concrete steps to take to end the breast cancer epidemic.
Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation
The author of Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book and Dr. Susan Love's Hormone Book provides online information on women's health concerns, focused specifically on menopause and breast cancer. Her website includes links to the latest updates on hormone replacement therapy (HRT), natural means of transitioning off HRT, and natural ways to cope with menopausal symptoms. Her website also includes detailed information and graphics on breast cancer prevention/detection and recurrence; information for individuals at high risk, the newly diagnosed, and breast cancer survivors; in addition to links to the latest published information available on breast cancer and links to groups and organizations that provide community support and advocacy.
National Breast Cancer Coalition
The NBCC is an advocacy group that lobbies at national, state, and local levels to impact policies regarding the research, diagnosis, and treatment of breast cancer. This organization seeks to improve women's access to high quality care, increase the funds invested in peer-reviewed research, and ensure that the voices of breast cancer activists and patients are heard in the decision-making that affects breast cancer issues. The website offers: links to fact sheets on breast cancer, advocates' education and training programs, information on special community events, public policy activities, and regular updates on NBCC's grassroots advocacy, including the NBCC annual advocacy training conference. NBCC has set the deadline of January 1, 2020, to know how to end breast cancer.
Center for Medical Consumers
The Center for Medical Consumers is committed to broadening public awareness about the safety and quality problems that pervade America's health care system. They are active in both statewide and national efforts to reduce medical errors, improve the quality of medical care and to public access to information about the comparative performance of doctors and hospitals. The website has an archive of helpful articles on a myriad of topics ranging from low-dose aspirin for heart protection to FDA credibility; links to other helpful online resources; and a detailed index of their advocacy work.
Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs
Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs is a public education project of Consumers Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports. This website offers free guidance for consumers on prescription medications in the form of drug reports. These reports are all downloadable and compare prescription drugs by category ' that is, drugs in the same class that are used to treat a specific condition or illness such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, allergies, coronary-artery disease, heartburn, or depression. They combine an expert review of the scientific evidence with pricing information.
The National Women's Health Network is a member organization of Consumers United for Evidence-Based Health Care (CUE), a pioneering effort started in 2003, which unites consumer advocates with a common interest in integrating understanding and interpretation of evidence-based healthcare (EBHC) into their advocacy activities. CUE member-organizations work in partnership with the US Cochrane Center and other scientists to communicate the language of EBHC, strengthen the voice of consumers, and provide leadership in healthcare research. CUE has developed an online course for consumer advocates on “Understanding evidence-based healthcare: A foundation for action.” This website has available by subscription a quarterly electronic journal comprising a collection of evidence based medicine databases in addition to information about Cochrane Center workshops and meetings on evidence based research.
This independent organization, funded by the Attorney General Consumer and Prescriber Education grant program, is run by physicians for physicians, including former NWHN board member Adriane Fugh-Berman, M.D. The organization's website seeks to raise doctors' awareness of the influence of pharmaceutical companies and to increase access to unbiased drug information. This website has a variety of resources available about how to increase access to unbiased information about drugs including: presentations, books, articles, reports, database, blogs, and links to other organizations.
Public Citizen: Health and Safety
Public Citizen is a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization founded to represent consumer interests in Congress. One of the six divisions of Public Citizen is the Health Research Group. The Health Research Group promotes research-based, system-wide changes in health care policy and provides oversight concerning drugs, medical devices, doctors and hospitals and occupational health. This group works to ban or re-label unsafe or ineffective drugs and medical devices; improve safety standards at work sites; and educate consumers about the health care services they receive by providing information about doctors disciplined by state medical boards, hospital cesarean section rates, how to obtain your medical records, and dispute resolution in Medicare HMOs. The website provides expert, second opinion for prescription drug information; in-depth fact sheets with information ranging from attention deficit disorder to herbal & nutritional supplements; articles and downloadable reports on occupational health, food safety, medical devices, and healthcare delivery; and online health activist courses.
General Women's Health
National Women's Health Information Center
An information clearinghouse maintained by the Department for Health and Human Services and the Office on Women's Health that provides access to a variety of government publications on women's health and general health topics. Trained English- and Spanish-speaking Information and Referral Specialists will find and send you free health information or provide organizational referrals to assist you with any health questions.
PreOp Patient Education
This is an informational resource designed to help the public understand the nature of a medical condition and the surgical procedure most commonly used to treat it. The site contains videos that guide the viewer through the most common surgical procedures for both men and woman. It is designed to help patients gain a better understanding of their medical condition, know their treatment options, understand the risks of surgery, know what to expect on the day of surgery and know how to practice care during recovery.
Health Care Issues
Kaiser Family Foundation
This nonprofit organization focuses on major healthcare issues in the United States and serves as a non-partisan source of information and analysis for the public, the healthcare community, the media, and policymakers. The Kaiser Family Foundation conducts its own research and policy analysis, serves as an online health news and information service, and develops public health campaigns both domestically and internationally.
Prescription Access Litigation
The Prescription Access Litigation (PAL) Project works to make prescription drug prices more affordable for consumers, using class action litigation and public education. PAL and its members seek to challenge illegal pricing tactics and deceptive marketing by drug companies, Pharmacy Benefit Managers, and other pharmaceutical industry players. The website hosts a variety of resources including a blog that details the advocacy and action work of PAL coalition members and detailed information about the drug industry, generic drugs, drug advertising, and price manipulation. The website also features a clearinghouse where visitors can ask specific prescription drug industry questions.
Sister to Sister Foundation is the first organization with a mission dedicated solely to women's heart disease prevention and education. They empower women through positive messaging to make simple, manageable lifestyle changes in their daily lives to lead to improved heart-health. This includes recommendations for nutrition and healthy cooking, sodium reduction, physical activity, smoking cessation, managing stress and family health history.
HIV/AIDS Prevention Technologies
AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition
The non-profit AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition (AVAC) seeks to create a favorable policy and social environment for accelerated ethical research and eventual global delivery of AIDS vaccines as part of a comprehensive response to the pandemic. This website has helpful information and updates regarding the current status of research into the AIDS vaccine, a downloadable AIDS vaccine handbook, and an AIDS vaccine clearinghouse that contains extensive information on various facets of AIDS vaccine research.
Global Campaign for Microbicides
The Global Campaign for Microbicides comprises a network of 285 NGOs united in efforts to raise awareness and political support for greater investment in microbicide research, female condoms, and cervical barrier methods. Through their advocacy, policy analysis, and social science research, the Campaign seeks to nurture the development of these user-controlled prevention methods and protect the needs and health of their users, especially women. This website has a variety of materials available on HIV, gender, and microbicides various formats including: fact sheets, briefing papers, reports, presentations, advocacy tools, and public education resource tools. Visitors can also sign up to receive free monthly newsletters and updates about the microbicides and HIV prevention technologies community.
CenterLink Community Center Directory
CenterLink exists to support the development of strong, sustainable LGBT community centers and to build a unified center movement. Centers are engines of community organizing and liberation and crucial to the health and strength of LGBT communities. To assist centers in building a movement that honors and promotes full human rights and dignity for all LGBT people, CenterLink works to build capacity, strengthen linkages, and advocate empowerment, self-reliance, inclusion and diversity among every community center in our national coalition. CenterLink acts as the voice for LGBT community centers in national grassroots organizing and coalition buildingThis database contains information about LGBT Community Centers and Affiliates in the United States and around the world.
Gay and Lesbian Medical Association
GLMA's mission is to ensure equality in health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and health care providers. This site helps people find LGBT –friendly healthcare providers. GLMA is also a professional home for LGBTQ counselors, psychotherapists, clinical social workers, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, family therapists, and students, educators, and researchers practicing in the behavioral health field. GLMA members work in LGBT health centers and clinics, government agencies, community based non-profits, private practice, educational institutions, insurance companies and health care systems. This site offers a great deal of information for patients as well as providers/researchers on both general and LGBT-specific healthcare issues. Moreover, the site offers online continuing education programs for physicians and physician assistants. GLMA works with other lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights and health organizations, other medical associations, and policy makers at all levels.
Gay Men's Health Crisis
GMHC provides HIV counseling, testing, health information, education, risk-reduction strategies, referrals, partner notification services and mental health and substance abuse counseling. GMHC also provide Hepatitis C and Syphilis testing. People who want to be tested must complete an intake and consent to testing. Referrals for additional supportive services are also available. All services are offered free of charge. This site offers services for women as well as for men and also offers educational information regarding HIV/AIDS.
This organization provides direct services to lesbians and women who partner with women and their caregivers. In addition, they seek to educate the healthcare community about the special concerns of lesbians with cancer and advocate on lesbian health in national and local areas.
World Professional Association for Transgender Health
The mission of The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) is to promote evidence based care, education, research, advocacy, public policy and respect in transgender health. As an international interdisciplinary, professional organization, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) will work to further the understanding and treatment of gender identity disorders by professionals in medicine, psychology, law, social work, counseling, psychotherapy, family studies, sociology, anthropology, sexology, speech and voice therapy, and other related fields. WPATH provides opportunities for professionals from various sub-specialties to communicate with each other in the context of research and treatment of gender identity disorder including sponsoring biennial scientific symposia. WPATH also provides a free online “find a provider” database to find providers in your community.
The Guttmacher Institute (GI) is a nonprofit organization focused on sexual and reproductive health research, policy analysis, and public education. They have publications and special reports on topics pertaining to sexual and reproductive health and rights.
National Research Center for Women and Families
The National Research Center for Women and Families is a non-profit organization dedicated to policy research aimed at improving the lives of women, children, and families. This website provides women's health information on a variety of topics including: breast cancer, cosmetic surgery and implants, dietary supplements, the flu, food, hormone therapy, stress, violence against women, weight loss, and more.
National Women's Law Center
In striving to preserve women's rights, this organization encourages all women to contribute to efforts to retain reproductive rights'especially in view of the Bush administration and their efforts to undermine Roe v. Wade. Their website contains an extensive information center that features press releases, publications, legal briefs, and other related resources.
The Endometriosis Association
The Endometriosis Association has done ground breaking research on the link between endometriosis and environmental factors. Specifically created for those with endometriosis, the Association is an independent self-help organization. Its membership consists of women with endometriosis, doctors, and others interested in the disease. The Endometriosis Association is a recognized authority in its field and its goal is to work toward finding a cure for the disease as well as providing education, support, and research.
Back Up Your Birth Control Campaign
Back Up Your Birth Control is a campaign to help make emergency contraception (EC) more effective by making sure women know about it ' and can get it in time. This website provides fact sheets on emergency contraception and Plan B and a toll-free, confidential 24-hour emergency hotline in both English and Spanish to help individuals located an EC provider in their area.
Cervical Barrier Advancement Society
The Cervical Barrier Advancement Society (CBAS) aims to raise the profile of cervical barrier methods for pregnancy prevention and provide information about research on the potential of cervical barriers to prevent sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. Their website provides extensive information on cervical barriers and the current research info cervical barriers in various formats including: articles and reference literature, presentations, and fact sheets.
Committee on Women, Population, and the Environment
Committee on Women, Population, & the Environment (CWPE) is a multi-racial alliance of feminist community organizers, scholarly activists, and health practitioners committed to promoting the social and economic empowerment of women in a context of global peace and justice; and to eliminating poverty. This website features a Birth Control Campaign Initiative, most notably, the Depo Diaries National Storytelling Project where women can call or email to share their experiences using Depo.
Hysterectomy Educational Resources and Services (HERS)
The HERS Foundation provides full, accurate information about hysterectomy, its adverse effects and alternative treatments. It is an excellent resource that provides tools on avoiding hysterectomy and dealing with complications after having a hysterectomy. HERS is independent, non-profit, international women's health education organization.
HysterSisters is a support site for women who are looking for hysterectomy information, and surgery or recovery preparation. HysterSisters offers numerous articles on hysterectomy-related health issues as well as pre- and post- op expectations for a hysterectomy. Women can engage and connect through forums, as well as find physicians based on location and specialty via the HysterSisters’ database. Membership to the site is free and the site aims to encourage women to connect over this critical health issue.
Merger Watch monitors threats to women's reproductive health from healthcare mergers and other business deals in which religious care is imposed on previously secular organizations. This organization provides the community with the most up-to-date information and attempts to prevent such mergers from threatening access to reproductive healthcare. Their website has a number of different resources on patients' rights including fact sheets, briefing papers, toolkits, talking points, presentation tools, new research, and a glossary of commonly used terms to help visitors navigate through the American health care system.
Our Bodies, Ourselves
Website for the Boston Women's Health Book Collective, the organization that produces the groundbreaking work, Our Bodies, Ourselves, as well as other seminal works such as Ourselves, Growing Older. The Collective provides information by mail or phone on a wide range of women's health issues and maintains an extensive online collection of books, periodicals, and clippings on women's health.
Reproductive Health Technologies Project
The Reproductive Health Technologies Project is dedicated to promoting the development and introduction of technology that improves women's access to safe and effective methods of controlling reproductive health. RHTP pursues an education, research, and advocacy agenda for reproductive health and offers information on abortion, contraception, STIs, and fertility on their website.
American Social Health Association
The American Social Health Association is a trusted, non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of patients to help improve public health outcomes. ASHA provides extensive health information on sexually transmitted infections, including STI-specific factsheets, newsletters, and hotline resources. The website also provides STI statistics, prevention tips, and a sexual health glossary.
Good Vibrations is a diverse, woman-focused retailer providing access to sex-positive products and accurate sex information through clean and comfortable stores, catalog, and web site in order to enhance our customers' sex lives and to promote healthy attitudes about sex. This website provides access to an online store and sex education on safer sex, sexual knowledge, and erotic anatomy.
Women of Color
Black Women's Health Imperative
The National Black Women's Health Project promotes the empowerment of African American women as educated healthcare consumers and serves as a strong voice for the improved health status of African American women. The organization strives to develop and communicate highly effective and beneficial health information as well as products and programs to African American women. The NBWHP can be contacted for health information and for referrals to specific organizations and physicians.
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
This social justice organization is committed to protecting the right to reproductive healthcare for Latinas, their families, and their communities. The NLIRH focuses on programs that mobilize communities around the cause of reproductive rights and advocates for policy that responds to the needs, concerns, and wishes of the Latino community. Their website includes fact sheets and publications that discuss reproductive health and rights specifically within the context of Latina health.
The Native American Women's Health Education Resource Center is based in South Dakota and addresses the pertinent issues of health, education, land and water rights, and economic development of Native American people. The website has links to information on the native women's reproductive rights agenda, action alerts and updates for supporters and community members, and a direct link to the Native Shop products.
The SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective is made up of 76 local, regional and national grassroots organizations and more than 400 individuals, as well as white and male allies who support our goal of improving the lives of indigenous women and women of color in the United States through Reproductive Justice. SisterSong lifts the voices of indigenous women and women of color to have an impact on reproductive justice issues that affect indigenous nations and communities of color. The website houses archives of the Collective Voices Newsletter, resources on how to start a reproductive justice organization, and reproductive justice training materials.
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Younger Women's Health
Advocates for Youth
Advocates for Youth is an organization dedicated to educating youths about their reproductive and sexual health. Their website provides information and resources to youth activists, policymakers, youth-focused organizations, and the media in the United States and abroad.
Center for Young Women's Health
Provided by the Children's Hospital Boston, the website offers information on health topics, clinical care, and a variety of programs and services designed to educate and empower girls and young women ages 12-22.