Health in Hand

August 1, 1997

Judith Zwolak

Let your fingers do the walking to find health resources for women in New Orleans. The new "Women's Healthy Pages," a guide published by a group from the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, is hot off the presses.

"This guide is meant for all women--from girls to grandmas," says one of the book's developers, Marian McDonald, assistant professor of community health sciences. "It is meant for women of different racial backgrounds, different sexual orientations and different economic backgrounds. We've tried to include everyone."

The 200-page guide is an easy-to-read, user-friendly listing of about 250 organizations in the New Orleans area that deal with women's health and well-being. "We took the World Health Organization definition of women's health, which includes social and economic well-being," McDonald says.

The guide contains information on organizations such as women's health clinics, cancer prevention programs and immunization programs. It also includes information about job training programs, organizations dealing with domestic abuse and mental health clinics. The listings include the organization's address, contact person, whether the location is near public transportation and whether workers speak languages other than English.

In the back of the book are one-page informational pieces in a section called "tips for healthy living." They include tips on breast exams, pap smears and safer sex. The project members will distribute about 1,000 copies of the guide to housing developments, libraries, clinics, women's centers and to all organizations listed in the guide.

McDonald says in addition to providing this information to the New Orleans public, she hopes the guide will also promote collaboration between the organizations listed. Two former community health sciences students also worked on the resource guide: Amy Helburn, who graduated last December, and Magali Smith, who graduated last May. Organizations that helped fund the project include the Rosamary Foundation and the Newcomb Foundation.

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