Reports and Resources about Women's Health
WHV has compiled this list from our research and information received from other organizations. If you have a report or resource you would like to post on this page, click here for the form.


Policies regarding Intimate Partner and Domestic Violence: In 2007-2008, the Division of Injury & Violence Prevention at the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) collaborated with Old Dominion University to collect and analyze Virginia hospital policies related to intimate partner/domestic violence. Policies were reviewed using standardized critiquing guidelines based on best practice and standards set forth by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO); and each participating hospital was provided with the detailed analysis, recommendations, and a revised version of its current policy which incorporated the recommended changes. Nearly 74% of Virginia's hospitals participated in the project, which concluded in the summer of 2008. Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has published findings from the 2008 Intimate Partner Violence Hospital Policy Project at: on the Homepage under News and Events.

The Virginia Dept. of Health has published Chronic Disease in Virginia: A Comprehensive Data 2006 Report. It is available at Chronic Disease Data Report_040607.pdf.

The Women’s Health Policy Program of the Kaiser Family Foundation published Women and Health Care: A National Profile, which indicates that many women cannot afford to see a doctor or are not getting adequate medical care. The study also focused on women’s health status, health care costs, insurance, access to care, prevention, and their role in family health care. The full report is available at

The National Women's Law Center and the Kaiser Family Foundation have published Women's Access to Care: A State-Level Analysis of Key Health Policies, which examines the effects of state legislation on various women’s health policies, including contraceptives. The full report is available at

Virginia Local Resource Directories

Northern Neck Resource Directory: A comprehensive listing of programs serving the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula area (Counties of Essex, Gloucester, Mathews, Middlesex, King William, King &Queen, Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond, Westmoreland, and the Towns of West Point, Tappahannock, and Colonial Beach)Northern Neck Connection invites organizations to send updates and new listings by email to

Northern Virginia Health and Wellness Directory: Developed by the Northern Virginia Health Foundation, the directory includes programs serving Northern Virginia, operating under the auspices of a nonprofit or government agency and open to the public. A pdf of the printed version can be downloaded.


General Women's Health

MCH Navigator is a new "learning portal" for MCH professionals working in state agencies and at the community level who seek to advance their learning and skills mastery. The MCH Navigator links individuals to existing open-access training, organized in areas consistent with nationally endorsed public health and MCH leadership competencies. Online training resources – like archived webcasts and webinars, instructional modules and self-guided short courses – have undergone academic review and have been handpicked for, and vetted by, MCH audiences. The website is being made widely available now, while still in development, in response to requests from our state and local stakeholder collaborators. In addition to meeting what have been described as urgent needs in the field, release of this early product will enable input and feedback from the widest of array of target audiences. There is a "Comment" feature so that users can give feedback. Explore the learning resources linked in the MCH Navigator system with the MCH Navigator Web Tour. For more complete information about the overall MCH Navigator project, there is a short video presentation at - has a new look and design, providing easy access to educational materials and resources for students, faculty and anyone else interested in learning about health policy. Popular content like narrated slide Tutorials, the Syllabus Library, and a database of student Fellowships and Internships are easy to access from links at the top of each page. New sections of designed for Students or Faculty make it easy to find content and tools most useful in an academic environment. The site synthesizes seminal background research on a broad range of issues with the latest data and research. Materials summarizing developments in health reform and other key issues can be easily used by faculty teaching courses, students conducting research, or anyone who wants to understand health policy “basics.” - New from the US Dept. of Health and Human Services, helps individuals find insurance, understand the new health care law, compare care quality, learn about prevention, and access general health information.

The National HIV/AIDS Strategy: President Obama committed to developing a National HIV/AIDS Strategy with three primary goals: reducing the number of people who become infected with HIV; increasing access to care and optimizing health outcomes for people living with HIV; and, reducing HIV-related health disparities. Read about the Strategy, its vision and actions at the U.S. government website.

Health Equity. CDC has a new resource book, Promoting Health Equity - A Resource To Help Communities Address Social Determinants of Health at

Health information in Spanish and other languages - The National Women's Health Information Center has materials in Spanish at It includes frequently asked questions, indexed by issue at The Department of Health website has links to translated health materials at Women's health topics can be found at where they have information written and recorded in Spanish and many other languages. The US Department of Health and Human Services has a site regarding reliable sources for health information at

Self-study toolkit for health care professionals to update their blood pressure measurement skills and their knowledge regarding current guidelines for the detection and evaluation of hypertension is available at no charge by calling 1-800-SENTARA and asking for "Blood Pressure Measurement for the 21st Century." This toolkit was developed by the Virginia Department of Health’s Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Project, Sentara Healthcare and the Virginia Healthy Pathways Coalition. It is available in both VHS and DVD formats. CEUs are available from the Virginia Department of Health by following instructions in the kit.

The Federal Citizen Information Center regularly releases free booklets on health and consumer safety information. Free of charge, including the cost of postage. Quantities are limited. For the fastest service, order and browse their online catalog. If you don't have online access, call toll-free (888) 878-3256, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time.

The Virginia Department of Health's Curriculum on Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) has been approved for continuing medical education credits and is now available online at This course, designed to assist healthcare providers in effectively identifying, assessing, and managing patients experiencing IPV, has been designated by the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine's Office of Continuing Medical Education for up to 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credits for physicians. Non-physicians may earn a Certificate of Participation which will indicate the number of hours spent in the activity. Please forward to any healthcare providers in your community. To receive the latest information on resources, educational materials, and training opportunities available for healthcare providers on IPV, please be sure and join the Project RADAR listserv at

New Family Wize Prescription Assistance Cards are available at United Way offices. Accepted at most chain pharmacies, the cards help families save an average of 20% on prescriptions. To obtain a card, visit for an agency near you in Charlottesville, Christianbury, Danville, Fredericksburg, Martinsville, Norfolk, and Rocky Mount in Virginia. For a full list of participating pharmacies, visit

Fact Sheets and Tip Sheets from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services CMS has fact sheets and tip sheets on Medigap and Prescription Drug Coverage, information for partners on HIV/AIDS, and Medicare's coverage for prescription drugs, food stamps, Medicaid Spend Down and more (in English and many in Spanish) at The Beneficiary Calendar in Spanish is at

The National Women’s Health Information Center (NWHIC) has updated its home page and web site (

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is launching a new breast cancer site,, which helps patients understand their disease and its treatment.

Cultural Competence Health Practitioner Assessment (CCHPA) The National Center for Cultural Competence has designed the CCHPA to promote cultural competence as an essential approach for practitioners in the elimination of health disparities among racial and ethnic groups. To access this online self-assessment instrument, go to

In the wake of the Virginia Tech Tragedy, the VDH Division of Injury and Violence Prevention has recently posted a web page on responding to and preventing school violence. The web page directs viewers to useful state and national resources.

The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) provides FUNDING ALERT. Issued twice monthly, or whenever warranted, FUNDING ALERT will provide a synopsis of the available funding that can be used by individuals and/or agencies working to end domestic violence and sexual assault. The current FUNDING ALERT can be accessed at:

The Virginia Department of Health has produced a series of fact sheets about rates of diabetes throughout the state. These sheets can be found at


The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has renamed its free magazine on menopause, now known as PauseTM (formerly Managing Menopause and the Years BeyondTM). The magazine explores hormonal therapy and its alternatives, heart disease, osteoporosis, and breast cancer. ACOG Fellows can order free copies of PauseTM to give their patients, and journalists can receive a sample copy of the magazine by calling ACOG's Office of Communications at 202-484-3321 or emailing

Reproductive Health

A Preconception Care Fact Sheet addresses the need to promote women's health before conception and presents the many opportunities that exist for states to improve women's and children's overall health. The fact sheet, produced by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officers with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides examples of preconception interventions and strategies states may consider to reduce infant and maternal mortality and morbidity, and improve women's overall health. A list of resources is also provided. The fact sheet is available at

Maternal and Child Health, Your Pregnancy and Birth, from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, includes new sections such as tests for monitoring the health of mother and child, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, automobile safety, calculating how much a baby may cost and information on breastfeeding. Mail orders ($14.95) at

Preventing Premature Births: Watch a webcast of the Symposium on Quality Improvement to Prevent Prematurity held October 8 and 9, 2009, in Arlington, Va. Learn about quality initiatives to prevent preterm birth and decrease the rate of those preterm births that are not inevitable or medically necessary. The Symposium discussed quality improvement as an essential component in the strategy to prevent prematurity, promote health and reduce costs. For more info, see

MedEd PPD, a web site addressing perinatal health, focuses on Postpartum depression (PPD), a type of depression that affects women after they give birth.

Infant & Children's Health

Autism Risk Factors for Autism: Perinatal Factors, Parental Psychiatric History, and Socioeconomic Status, in the May issue of the Journal of Epidemiology (abstract available, account required to view full text), reports on factors that may increase the risk of autism in children. Of those studied, autism was found to be associated with breech presentation at birth, delivery before 35 weeks, a parent who had a diagnosis of schizophrenia-like psychosis before the date that autism was diagnosed in the child, and low birth weight at delivery. 

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has information on product recalls and safety standards of cribs, toys, and other consumables. Find them at

The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association offers suggestions for choosing the safest of products for children.

Teens' Health

New National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline a 24-hour national web-based ( and telephone (866-331-9474) helpline created to help teens (ages 13-18) experiencing dating abuse. The hotline is for teens and their parents.