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 and its community partners sponsor a variety of free community events on health and wellness for women. Past events have focused on topics such as breast health, nutrition and exercise, maintaining a healthy heart, and women's reproductive health needs across the lifespan. All events are held in Hudson community locations and offer opportunities to obtain information about community health and human service organizations, sign up for services, or receive services.
WHP-sponsored events include:
- Health fairs with refreshments and prize drawings;
- “Meet-the-organization” open house events with games and prizes; and
- “Ladies night” style group outings where women can obtain mammograms and annual G-Y-N exams, and feel supported in an enjoyable social atmosphere.
A team of peer health advocates is an integral part of the WHP. The team comprises of women from the community who have received several hours of initial training on outreach techniques and reproductive health knowledge, and who continue to participate in professional development and planning activities. The peer health advocates contribute to the success of the WHP by:
- Leading weekly outreach efforts;
- Assisting with promoting and carrying out the community health education events; and
- Helping implement the “ladies night” style reproductive health screening events.
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.