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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.
Sarah Cardena, MPH, Health Educator
Sarah Cardena has been a health educator since 2010. She has taught, coordinated and implemented various health and promotion programs in the field of Maternal, Child and Adolescent health. Sarah holds a B.A in Sociology from UCLA and a Masters Degree in Public Health, focusing on Community Health Education from California State University, Long Beach. Now at UCSF and as a new mother herself, Sarah hopes to share her knowledge and skills by educating others about safe and healthy pregnancy, delivery, and post-natal care. Outside of work, Sarah enjoys spending time with her family, international travel, learning to cook and attending theater.
Holly Coates-Bash, Perinatal Educator
I've been an educator at UCSF Great Expectations Pregnancy Program for many years, teaching parenting and breastfeeding. I have a Masters degree in psychiatric social work and am internationally board certified as a lactation consultant. I love working with new parents and theirs babies in classes and in our MILK breastfeeding support group. For fun, I play the celtic harp and raise chickens.
Juli Fraga, Psychologist and Group Facilitator
Juli Fraga, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist has taught classes for the Great Expectations Pregnancy Program since January 2013, including the Afterglow, a 6-week postpartum support group and Emotional Aspects of Pregnancy. Dr. Fraga is a licensed psychologist and has a private practice in San Francisco. In her spare time, she enjoys writing and creative endeavors.
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.
Irene Flores, Patient Navigator
Irene Flores is a Patient Navigator for Obstetrics and Prenatal Medicine Specialties services. She received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Health Education from San Francisco State University. She has nearly 5 years experience in a non-profit organization Healthright360, formerly known as the Haight Ashbury Medical Clinic. Her work there consisted of patient advocacy for the homeless and underserved population of San Francisco as well as care coordination of primary care and psychiatric services for patients and primarily the people in the residential substance abuse treatment facilities. Irene has a passion for helping others by any and all means. She enjoys volunteering for local community events with a mission, traveling, food, and the outdoors.
Cherry Jones, LMFT, CIMI
Cherry Jones is a teacher, mother and Family Therapist. She has been a licensed Marriage Family Therapist since 1992 and she has been teaching Infant massage and new parenting classes since 2002. She was trained at the child trauma Institute of San Francisco in Assessment and Early Intervention. She worked as a supervisor for 4 years training mental health Interns. She especially enjoys working with parents and infants to enhance bonding and attachment and to encourage healthy development. Her greatest joy in life is her daughter and her work, helping the next generation grow up to be healthy adults with meaningful lives. In her private practice she works primarily with foster-adopt families and facilitates groups for parents pre and post adoption at Seneca Center in San Rafael. Presently, she is a single parent of a teenage daughter.
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. She has done labor support since 1986 in locations throughout the Bay Area. She is trained as doula and she has been to over 530 births, all over the Bay Area, many here at UCSF since 1986. In addition, she has three children of her own.
Shanda Manion, Patient Health Educator
Shanda Manion has been teaching parenting classes with UCSF’s Women’s Health Great Expectations Pregnancy Program since 2011. Shanda’s passion for education and medicine has inspired her extensive work in the health care field. She is a certified CPR Instructor for the American Heart Association and an ICEA certified Childbirth Educator currently teaching Infant and Child CPR classes and Childbirth Education Workshops at UCSF hospital through the Great Expectations Pregnancy program. She works full-time as an educator in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Brooke Peterson, Health Educator
Brooke Peterson is a new educator at UCSF, and currently teaches Parenting, Breastfeeding, Childbirth Preparation, and Birth Alternatives for the Great Expectations Pregnancy Program. Brooke holds a Bachelors degree in Women’s Studies with a minor in Women’s Health, and will be finishing up her MPH at the University of San Francisco in 2016. She has worked in child, adolescent, and maternal health education for 3.5 years. Brooke has worked in childcare for a number of years, and has a passion for all things women’s health!
Michelle Ryan, Patient Navigator
Michelle Ryan is a patient navigator and began working for the Women’s Health Resource Center in March of 2015. She helps patients navigate the UCSF Medical Center system, directs them to the appropriate resources and serves as a point person to patients throughout the duration of their care. To that end she insures that they receive the best possible care. Additionally, Michelle is a key support to the lactation support group-MILK (Mothers and Infant Lactation Kooperative). She enjoys doing outdoor activities and spending time with friends and family.
Renee Tavares, Lactation Consultant
Renee Tavares is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and is also a Registered Dietitian. She has worked at UCSF since March 2015 and has been a Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 1997. Renee’s also worked at Lucile Packard Children’s Stanford for 11 years as Lactation Consultant. She has also worked with WIC and CPSP. In her spare time she loves to do yoga, hike and take spinning classes. Renee also enjoys cooking mostly vegetarian meals for friends and family.
Melissa Whippo, L.C.S.W., Social worker
Melissa Whippo is a clinical social worker with the UCSF Pregnancy and Postpartum Mood Assessment Clinic. She meets with women during pregnancy and after delivery, or at any stage of their fertility process, to assess their support needs, helping women connect with outside therapists, agencies or other organizations as needed. She also co-facilitates "The Afterglow," a support group for new mothers offered through the Great Expectations Pregnancy Program.
Whippo has a particular interest in helping women of color, marginalized women and the homeless population in San Francisco. She enjoys incorporating yoga and meditation in her work when applicable. She loves her work and feels grateful to be part of an institution that is advancing women's health. Whippo received her master's degree in social work from USC in 2003. She is also a certified yoga teacher.
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