The Well-Woman Project is a collaboration between CityMatCH, the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), and city and local health departments. It is made possible by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The goal of the project is to allow women to use their own words to describe the factors that affect their ability to be healthy and to use “well-woman care” (care when they are not sick). Stories describing women’s thoughts and experiences can give us powerful insights about women’s health and all of the complex factors that can influence it.
The Listening Sessions
In the Fall of 2015 and Spring of 2016, the Well-Woman Project staff traveled to eight cities around the United States, including Boston, Oakland, Chicago, Jackson, New Orleans, Detroit, Nashville, and Omaha to conduct group discussions. These group discussion sessions gave women the opportunity to speak about their experiences with accessing women’s health care, and things about their communities and cities that impact their ability to be healthy.
The Secure Website
Women around the country can participate in the Well-Woman Project by sharing their “well-woman” stories on this website. The website provides an additional way for women to share their stories confidentially.
What Will We Do with the Stories that you Share?
The information that women share with the Well-Woman Project will be used to:
1) Develop materials for use by local health departments, advocates, health providers, and policy-makers to advocate for conditions that help women have healthier lives and increased access to health care
2) Develop health messages for a campaign to promote healthy women and women’s use of preventive health care
3) Create action recommendations in collaborating cities where group discussions are conducted
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