Women's Health Project (WHP)
The Women's Health Project (WHP) is a community based initiative of the Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities at the University at Albany. It is funded by the National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health.
The purpose of WHP is to inform and assist women in obtaining quality health care. More specifically, it works to encourage women in Hudson, New York, particularly those who face cultural, financial, or geographic barriers, to use services for reproductive health, including screening for breast and cervical cancer.
Activities and Services
WHP offers activities and services in three areas.
- WHP, along with its community partners, sponsor community events every other month on Health and Wellness for Women. Past topics have included breast health, nutrition and exercise, maintaining a healthy heart, and women's reproductive health needs across the lifespan. Each event includes a resource fair to bring together women who need health-related services with the community organizations that provide services, as well as an educational presentation by a local health expert.
- WHP sponsors a taxi voucher program. Women are provided with taxi vouchers for free transportation to and from their visits for women's health services at Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood and at the Columbia Memorial Hospital.
- WHP offers reproductive/sexual health outreach services. One service is "Drop-in Tuesdays with UHPP" in which information, safe sex supplies, and clinical appointment sign-up is provided by Upper Hudson Planned Parenthod at the WHP office in Bliss Towers. Another service is "Testing Services by the AIDS Council" in which free, confidential HIV testing and STD/hepatitis C screenings are provided monthly by the AIDS Council at the WHP office in Bliss Towers.
This project is supported by the National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health (grant number P20MD003373). All content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities or the National Institutes of Health.