Since 1993, YWCA Boston's Women's Health & Wellness program has provided critical comprehensive health and wellness services to some of Boston's most underserved women: those who face cultural or language barriers to access, and those who are low income and are under- or un-insured.
We are raising funds to send Health Educators into the community to work one-on-one and in small groups with women to empower them to make healthy choices in their lives.
Our staff includes two bilingual Women's Health Educators, allowing us to provide culturally competent care to Haitian Creole-speaking, and Spanish-speaking women. The program has four components: (1) small-group health literacy workshops, (2) individual health coaching, (3) a telephone referral and reminder service, and (4) a text message reminder service.
Boston Public Health Commission research shows that Boston’s Black and Latina women have higher levels of chronic disease and poorer health outcomes than their white counterparts.These health disparities limit Boston from achieving equitable outcomes for all, and they limit economic growth. In addition to our direct work with women, YW Boston works to expose structural racism in the health care system and trains leaders to make changes leading to more equitable care for all.