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Center for Reproductive Health: (415) 353-7475
The UCSF Women's Health Resource Center was founded in 1982 as the Great Expectations Pregnancy Program, part of an Alternative Birth Center at Mount Zion Hospital in San Francisco. This program offers women and their families the opportunity to learn more about their pregnancy and prepare for childbirth and parenting and continues to be an integral part of the current scope of our services.
In 1996, we began expanding to address women's health issues that cross the life span--from adolescence to menopause and beyond. This new focus culminated in the renaming of the program in October 1998, and it continues to direct our services today and for the future We currently serve approximately 1000 telephone and walk-in clients each month and continue to outreach to new community members.
UCSF Women's Health Resource Center is now located on the first floor of the new UCSF Women's Health Center, a University designated eight story clinical building. The UCSF Women's Health Center, located at 2356 Sutter Street, also houses OB/Gyn, Primary Care, Mammography, Pharmacy Program, Continence Center, Fibroid Center, and the center for Reproductive Health and Fertility. This centralization of services enhances our ability to provide multi-disciplinary care to women.
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The UCSF Women's Health Resource Center strives to:
Judy Young, Assistant Director
Judy Young, MPH is the Assistant Director of the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women's Health responsible for community education and leadership development programs, the Women's Health Resource Center and "Fostering Excellence in Women's Health through Academic Community Partnerships", a national women's health program. Judy brings over 20 years of experience in women's health, working in both academic settings and community organizations. She has experience with peer health education programs, conducting community outreach for national programs and teaching and training on sexuality, women's health, LGBT Health, HIV/AIDS, and stress management.
Judy has served on several community board of directors including the Black Coalition on AIDS, Planned Parenthood Golden Gate, and the National Advisory Council for the UCSF Lesbian Health and Research Center. She received her B.A. in Social Welfare from U.C Berkeley and her Master's Degree in Public Health, focusing on community health education, from San Jose State University.
Joanne DeLeon, MPH, Operations Manager
Joanne DeLeon is the Operations Manager at the UCSF Women's Health Resource Center. She is responsible for the oversight of multiple operations and programs at the Center. Joanne coordinates marketing, outreach, referral, evaluation and quality improvement for many conferences and events focused on women's health including Mind over Bladder, the Fibroid Community Program, Great Expectations classes and Women's Health 2020 Community Workshop Series. Joanne is also the internship program manager and recruits new interns for the Resource Center on a quarterly basis.
Joanne continually works on creating new participatory, women-sensitive health education programming and community based programs as well as various health fairs. She is devoted to maintaining and fostering alliances and partnerships with various UCSF internal departments and non-profit organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Joanne has also developed grant proposals for several community and internship-based programs.
Joanne graduated with a B.S. in Health Science and minored in Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University and a Masters in Public Health from San Jose State University. Some of her personal interests include photography, craft projects, cooking, traveling, major league baseball, movies, and music. Her professional interests include maternal child health, multicultural health, adolescent health, epidemiology, and research. She is an active member of the San Francisco Asian and Pacific Islander Health Parity Coalition and the Asian Pacific Islander Task Force of the American Heart Association, Western States Affiliate.
Carole Hanson, Perinatal Educator
Carole Hanson teaches classes especially for parents expecting twins, triplets, or more. She teaches at several Bay Area hospitals, leads monthly support groups for pregnant and new parents of multiples, and offers private classes to mothers on bed rest. Currently, she teaches our Great Expectations Breastfeeding Multiples class. Carole is an active member of community outreach groups who support low-income families with multiples. Her passion is to provide valuable information to parents, helping them to prepare for the arrival of two or more babies at once, and to have realistic expectations about the first several months at home. Carole’s odyssey began in 2001 with the arrival of her twin boys. She is a former President of the Marin Parents of Multiples Club, and is a Certified Lactation Educator.
Cherry Jones, Perinatal Educator
Cheryl Jones is a Mental Health clinician (Licensed Marriage Family Therapist of 16 years) who specializes in 0 - 5 years intervention and attachment issues. She works at an adoption/foster care agency in Berkeley supervising clinicians in training. She has been teaching Infant Massage Communication to parents for 6 years now at UCSF and another hospital in San Francisco. Cherry is a single parent of a vibrant 8 year old daughter, who when Cherry returns from teaching her class, she schedules a massage with her!
Patty Lipinska, Perinatal Educator
Patty Lipinska, Certified Childbirth Educator, has taught classes for the Great Expectations Pregnancy Program since January 1997 including Childbirth Preparation, Birth Alternatives, Intensive Childbirth Preparation and Refresher Childbirth. Ms. Lipinska has been a childbirth educator since 1989 and has taught in many different facilities including the Native American Health Center, Berkeley High School and Kaiser Permanente. Ms. Lipinska has been a labor coach for over 15 years in locations throughout the Bay Area. She is trained as doula and has attended approximately two births per month since 1986. In addition, she has three children of her own.
Gina Love, Administrative Assistant
Gina Love is an integral part of the direct patient education and community outreach efforts of the UCSF Women’s Health Resource Center. She is responsible for helping women and their family members obtain information on all aspects of their health by assessing their needs and directing them to appropriate classes, library materials, community resources, and clinical programs. Gina handles all the logistics for the Great Expectations Pregnancy Program classes and provides administrative support with our women’s health educational programs. Gina has been working in the medical field since 1990, and has extensive experience in medical office management.
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