A Healthy Woman is an Empowered Woman.
YWCA of Palm Beach County has long advocated for the health and safety of women and girls. As the largest provider of domestic violence service in the county, we remain committed to supporting survivors and reducing violence against women and girls. We are also committed to ensuring women and girls are strong and healthy and able to access healthcare services. Annually, more than 9,000 women and families participate in YWCA of Palm Beach County’s health and safety programs and services — from domestic violence services to health resources and referrals.
Through our Women's Health Institute, we seek to further improve the lives of women and girls by providing high-quality health and wellness programs that are too often not available to communities of color. Some of these programs include classes on:
- Understanding Diabetes
- Understanding Heart Disease
In addition, we serve women, girls and their families with referrals to health screening programs and other programs and services that address health inequities.
Health & Safety Advocacy
As part of a national collective, the YWCA of Palm Beach County continues to advocate for improving the health and safety of women and girls of color. Our advocacy efforts center around increased access to health care, reduction of racial health disparities, and protections for victims of gender-based violence, and we support public policies that would benefit the women, girls and families we serve every day.
Promote Federal Legislation that Safeguards Women & Girls
We will strengthen federal legislation that supports survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other forms of gender-based violence, we also advocate for:
- Improved Maternal Health Outcomes for Women of Color
- Eliminating racial health disparities by reducing maternal mortality rates and improving maternal health outcomes for women of color.
- Ensure Access to Quality, Affordable Health Care for Women and Girls...research suggests that the healthcare infrastructure currently provided by the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, Medicare, state health insurance programs, and reproductive health service providers must remain strong and viable in order to support women and families