National Women's Health Week (NWHW) is a nationwide observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health (OWH) to empower women to make healthy choices.The 2015 NWHW was held May 10-16; during this week, the OWH and states and territories across the nation shared resources and hosted events to promote women's health and wellness. Here are some examples from AMCHP members:
The Alabama Department of Public Health Office of Women's Health partnered with The Single Mothers Empowerment Conference Inc., the St. Vincent's Health System and the city of Homewood to sponsor their Seventh Annual Health 5K Color Run and 1 Mile Family Fun Walk at Homewood Greenway Walking Trail in Homewood, Alabama on May 16. This year, the theme was "On the Move to Improve Your Health." The purpose of the event was to increase the awareness of women's health issues in the state of Alabama and to highlight resources available to enhance health and wellness for women in their state. To learn more about this event, click hrere.
The Arkansas Department of Health partnered with Sisters United to host Celebrate Day 366, a first birthday party for new and expectant Moms in the state. This event took place on May 16 in the Arkansas Department of Health auditorium and featured "Project Runway" contestant Korto Momolu. Attendees learned about breastfeeding after the first year and how to prevent SIDS. To learn more about this event and view pictures, click here.
Tobacco Free Florida offered free Mother's Day e-cards with uplifting messaging and resources to promote smoking cessation. To view the Mother's Day and other targeted smoking cessation e-cards, click here.
During NWHW, the New York State Department promoted various resources within the state to improve women's health including a fact sheet titled, Women with Disabilities: What You Should Know About Preventive Health Care. The fact sheet encourages women with disabilities to be proactive about their overall health needs and shares some tips for achieving optimal health. The fact sheet is available here.
Northern Mariana Islands
On May 4, Lt. Gov. Ralph DLG Torres along with Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) officials proclaimed May as Women's Health Month to celebrate progress made in women's health and in recognition of the work that needs to be done to advance women's health for future generations. There were several activities mark this celebration including, group prenatal care classes at the CHCC Women, Infant and Children Program, a healthy cooking demo at the WIC clinic, and a zumba party with health screenings that. Learn more about the for the first Northern Mariana Island Women's Health Month here through an infomercial created by CHCC. Click here to find more activities.