Issue 4 - May 2016
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY FROM THE OCWHP!

MAY 8-14, 2016 IS NATIONAL WOMEN'S HEALTH WEEK

The 17th annual observance of National Women’s Health Week kicks off on Mother’s Day, May 8, and is celebrated through May 14, 2016.  NWHW is a time to encourage women to make their health a priority and:

We hope you’ll join the celebration and help us spread the word by encouraging the women in your life to take the National Women’s Health Week pledge to live a happier and healthier life at any age.

U.S. TEEN BIRTH RATES ON THE DECLINE

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that teen births have declined dramatically in every state:  "From 2006 to 2014, the birth rate for teens aged 15–19 years declined 41% overall (from 41.1 to 24.2 per 1,000 females). The greatest decline was for Hispanics (51%), followed by non-Hispanic blacks (blacks) (44%), and non-Hispanic whites (whites) (35%)."  Click here to read more.

"WE CAN OVERCOME DOMESTIC VIOLENCE" CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES IN OC

The Domestic Violence & Health Collective - Orange County has launched a public health campaign with the message that domestic violence affects your health and help is available. Look for the ads in the May issue of Parenting OC magazine and on OCTA buses throughout the county and please post photos of the ads using the hashtag #DVandHealthOC.

         

INTERSECTION OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, MENTAL HEALTH & SUBSTANCE USE
 
The Health & Domestic Violence Task Force will discuss findings from a recent needs assessment on the mental health and substance use needs of DV survivors in Orange County at a meeting on Tuesday May 24 at 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Orangewood in Santa Ana.  New members are welcome to join the HDV Task Force; please click here to be added to the e-mail distribution list.
  
BREAST & CERVICAL CANCER TASK FORCE

The Breast & Cervical Cancer Task Force will meet on Wednesday May 18 at 9:00 am to 10:30 am at Orangewood in Santa Ana.  At this meeting we will discuss current efforts to expand Every Woman Counts to include women under 40 who are symptomatic, as well as efforts to promote HPV Vaccination in Orange County.  New members are welcome to join the BCC Task Force; please click here to be added to the e-mail distribution list.

TEEN REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH TASK FORCE

Congratulations to the Teen Reproductive Health Task Force, which was honored on Friday May 6 by Planned Parenthood of Orange & San Bernardino Counties' Community Action Fund for its work to support comprehensive sex education in public schools in Orange County.


The Teen Reproductive Health Task Force met on Thursday April 21 and discussed the California Healthy Youth Act (CHYA), which became effective in January 2016 and mandates comprehensive sex education in public schools, as well as the policies and procedures recently adopted by the Orange County Social Services Agency to support healthy sexual development among foster youth.  Please click here for CHYA documents. New members are welcome to join the TRH Task Force; please click here to be added to the e-mail distribution list.

I  THE OCWHP  

Thank you to everyone who donated to the OCWHP during the Orange County Community Foundation's 2nd Annual "I  OC" Giving Day on April 27-28, 2016.  Over $3.25 million was raised for nonprofits in Orange County!
 


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Thank you for your continued support and interest in the Orange County Women's Health Project.  If you have questions or wish to get more involved, please click here or contact our office at (714) 619-8419.
 
Warmly,
 
Allyson W. Sonenshine, JD
OCWHP Project Director
(949) 246-6404sonenshine@ocwomenshealth.org
 
Dena J. Rubin, MPH
OCWHP Project Manager
(949) 291-1593rubin@ocwomenshealth.org 
 
Sydney Minchin
OCWHP Project Assistant
(714) 619-8419 / minchin@ocwomenshealth.org
 
 
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