This week is National Women's Health Week!
Greetings from the Orange County Women's Health Project!  

We are pleased to announce that National Women's Health Week is this week (May 10-16, 2015).  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Office on Women's Health leads this initiative to empower women to make their health a priority and help women understand what steps they can take to improve their health.  The NWHW website contains numerous resources, including Steps for Better Health by Age, social media content, and helpful links.

It has been busy and exciting time for women's health in Orange County, and the OCWHP has been leading stakeholders in a number of initiatives.  Below is an update:  

Health & Domestic Violence System Integration Project

Thanks to the generosity of Blue Shield of California Foundation, the OCWHP has begun a four-year project to establish a countywide, integrated and collaborative Health & Domestic Violence System in Orange County.  We are wrapping up the first phase and shortly will be announcing sub-grant awards to local organizations to implement three strategies.

The Health & Domestic Violence Task Force will meet in June to preview the implementation plans and begin exploring how to better address the mental health and substance abuse needs of domestic violence victims in Orange County.  New members are welcome; please click here to be added to the e-mail distribution list.

Breast & Cervical Cancer Task Force

The YWCA of North Orange County is joining Susan G. Komen - Orange County as the new co-lead of the Breast & Cervical Cancer Task Force. The BCC Task Force is currently preparing an Action Plan that prioritizes the key activities needed to advance the policy recommendations outlined in our Policy Briefs.  The next BCC Task Force meeting will be on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. at the Komen office in Costa Mesa.  New members are welcome; please click here to RSVP.

New Project Assistant

The OCWHP is pleased to welcome Annette C. Valenzuela, MA, as Project Assistant. Annette has managed ACA enrollment for community health centers in Idaho and worked in government relations for the banking industry in Washington, D.C.  You may contact Annette at (714) 619-8419 or

Thank you for your continued support and interest in the Orange County Women's Health Project.  Together we can advance women's health in Orange County.  If you have questions, please contact our office at (714) 619-8419

Best Regards,
Allyson W. Sonenshine, JD
OCWHP Project Director

(949) 246-6404 /

Dena J. Rubin, MPH
OCWHP Project Manager
(949) 291-1593 /
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