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A new initiative in women's health care...

Due to lack of faculty liaison and time constraints, no longer endorsed by the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics.

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of the Health On the Net Foundation


A new initiative to women's health care had been established--but its clinical activities have ceased--in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the Stanford University Medical Center.

Women in this country continue to face serious threats to their physical and mental well-being. Despite living, on average, 7 years longer than men, women suffer poorer health outcomes and greater disability from disease than do men.

-Department of Health and Human Services
Office on Women's Health

For four years, the Women's Health Promotion Unit (WHPU) has worked to improve the ways that women care for your physical and emotional well-being. We served the needs of women through better self-care, education, and support.


The WHPU took a personal, holistic approach to each woman's health care. Confidential counseling to individually address concerns and helping to develop skills in self-care were our primary activities.


To help improve the ways women cared for themselves, the WHPU developed health educational workshops based on common interests, enabling access to many community resources.


The WHPU provided a support system for women in need of services beyond those usually available in the medical setting. Support groups and buddy programs allowed the sharing of questions and experiences with other women.


The WHPU's goals included the prevention of illness and the reduction of risks posed by lifestyles and the environment. We helped women:

SERVICES (available via the Web)


The WHPU served all interested women.


The WHPU was staffed by licensed volunteers appointed as Health Promotion Specialists in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics. The remaining staff consists of a Professor Emeritus of Gynecology and Obstetrics, and a medical student/computer scientist who provides webmaster functions.


Fees were based on ability to pay, ranging from $1 to $10 for each consultation. No fees are charged for net-based responses to inquiries.


The WHPU thanks the following organizations for their past support:
Associated Students of Stanford University
The Health Library
Planned Parenthood
Stanford Health Services
Stanford University Women's Center



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