Issue 3 - March 2016
Greetings from the Orange County Women's Health Project!

Abstracts due on March 31, 2016 by 5:00 pm PST using this link:
2016 OC Women's Health Summit - Abstract Form

The Orange County Women's Health Project, in partnership with

     Chapman University's Crean College of Health & Behavioral Sciences
     CSU Fullerton's Health Promotion Research Institute
     UC Irvine's Initiative to End Family Violence

is soliciting abstracts for presentations and posters for the

4th Orange County Women's Health Summit

Friday October 21, 2016
CSU Fullerton - Titan Student Union

Research, Quality Improvement projects, and innovative pilot projects that involve OC women and concern a women's health issue are requested.

Abstracts must be submitted by March 31, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. PST using this link:  
2016 OC Women's Health Summit - Abstract Form 

For more information about the Summit, please click here


Celebrate Women's History Month by clicking here to learn about exciting women's health achievements during the last 30 years, including the inclusion of women in clinical trials, decrease in smoking rates among women, and reduced deaths from heart disease and lung cancer among women.

Also in honor of Women's History Month, the Orange County Women's Health Project was invited to present at CalOptima's Community Alliances Forum on March 9, 2016. The OCWHP and partners provided an overview of women's health issues in Orange County to over 150 guests.  To view the presentation slides, please click here

On March 2, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, considered the most significant abortion case in over 20 years.  This case challenges HB2, a Texas law that requires abortion clinics to comply with building regulations typically imposed on ambulatory surgical centers and requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.  Challengers assert the law actually harms women's health, is a ruse to shut down abortion clinics and intimidate providers, and unconstitutionally burdens low-income women seeking abortions.  Since enacted, HB2 has closed all but ten of Texas' abortion clinics.  For more information about this case, please visit the Center for Reproductive Rights or SCOTUSblog.

This Wednesday March 23, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear Zubik v. Burwell, which has been consolidated with six other cases in which religious nonprofits challenge the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive coverage requirement and regulatory accommodation as violating the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act.  The Obama administration is expected to defend the law by arguing the regulatory scheme does not constitute a substantial burden to religious nonprofits and represents the least restrictive means to furthering the government's compelling interest in providing women with full and equal health coverage.  For more information about this case, please visit Kaiser Family Foundation and SCOTUSblog.
Rulings in both cases, likely to be complicated by the recent death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, are expected by late June.

Thanks to the generosity of Blue Shield of California Foundation, the OCWHP is leading a groundbreaking four-year initiative to strengthen the local healthcare sector's response to domestic violence and improve linkages between healthcare providers, domestic violence agencies, shelters, and legal and other social services that support families affected by domestic violence in Orange County.  

The Health & Domestic Violence Task Force will meet on Tuesday May 10 at 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  At this meeting we will discuss the Domestic Violence & Health Collective - Orange County, which will feature cross-disciplinary trainings offered at healthcare sites throughout the county, a dedicated domestic violence resource website for Orange County, a public health campaign that raises awareness about the relationship between domestic violence and health, and an assessment of the mental health and substance abuse needs of domestic violence survivors in Orange County.  New members are welcome to join the HDV Task Force; please click here to be added to the e-mail distribution list.

Breast Cancer News:  In late 2014, the BCC Task Force produced a Breast Cancer Policy Brief that calls attention to the gap in diagnostic breast services for low-income women under 40 who are symptomatic and live in Orange County. This past February, California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins introduced a bill (AB1795) that aligns California's Every Woman Counts program with the federal program by covering, among other things, breast screening and diagnostic services for women under 40 who are symptomatic.  To learn more about this bill, please click here.

Cervical Cancer News:  The Coalition of Orange County Community Health Centers’ Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is participating in a national program to promote HPV Vaccination and offering an HPV Immunization Toolkit for Health Care Providers.  The toolkit include statistics, vaccine safety information, and a self-study course eligible for continuing education.  Toolkit documents are available here, and CME/CNE eligible self-study course is available here

New members are welcome to join the BCC Task Force; please click here to be notified of future meetings.


The Teen Reproductive Health Task Force will meet on Monday April 18 at 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm.  At this meeting we will discuss implementation of the California Healthy Youth Act, which became effective in January 2016 and mandates comprehensive sex education in public schools.  We will also hear about the policies and procedures recently adopted by the Orange County Social Services Agency to support sexual health education for foster youth.  New members are welcome to join the TRH Task Force; please click here to be added to the e-mail distribution list.

Congratulations to the Teen Reproductive Health Task Force, which is being recognized by Planned Parenthood or Orange & San Bernardino Counties for its work to support comprehensive sex education in public schools in Orange County.  For more information, please click here.


The OCWHP is excited to participate in the Orange County Community Foundation's 2nd Annual "I  OC" Giving Day on April 27-28, 2016.   Join us for a supercharged day of giving to support Orange County's nonprofits!

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.
Allyson W. Sonenshine, JD
OCWHP Project Director
Dena J. Rubin, MPH
OCWHP Project Manager
Sydney Minchin
OCWHP Project Assistant
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