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THE WOMENS FUND FOR HEALTH EDUCATION AND RESEARCH

“Empowerment through Wellness Education”

aka The Women's Fund   |   Houston, TX   |  www.thewomensfund.org

Mission

To provide Houston-area women and girls the tools they need to become advocates for their health.

Ruling year info

1979

Executive Director

Mrs. Linda M. Rhodes

Main address

5433 Westheimer Suite 924

Houston, TX 77056 USA

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EIN

74-2013710

NTEE code info

Health Support Services (E60)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our community has many challenges when it comes to the health of its residents. Harris County has some alarming statistics relating to the health of our citizens: the Greater Houston Area has the highest rate of uninsured persons in the nation, Harris County has the highest CHIP enrollment in the state, Texas leads the nation in teen pregnancy with the teen birth rate in Harris County 50% higher than that of the nation, 64.6% of adults and 34.2% of high school students are overweight or obese Texas ranks 48th in the nation in spending on mental health care for its residents. These challenges indicate that the services we provide in free educational seminars and workshops, curriculum-based health classes and publications available to organizations, schools and individuals are a vital and essential need in our community.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Publications

Houston-area girls and women have access to our four publications, free of charge. Our publications are written, reviewed, and updated by medical professionals to ensure accurate and up-to-date information on the health topics covered.

Annually, we distributed close to 10,000 books to organizations, schools and companies throughout the Greater Houston area.

Publications include:

What About Me?
The Women’s Fund’s comprehensive health education guidebook for young women 4th through 9th grade. Available in Spanish also.

What Are The Facts?
Provides the most current health information to motivate women to seek healthier lifestyles and make more informed decisions about their health care. This publication focuses on overall health issues and strategies. Available in Spanish also.

How's My Health? A Personal Health Record
A practical tool used to take charge of one’s health history, effectively collect, and maintain one’s own medical records. Available in Spanish also.

Which "Weigh"? A roadmap to a healthy lifestyle for you and your family
This publication includes medical information related to obesity, its physical and psychological effects, as well as a lifestyle change section. Halliburton originally funded this publication. This is currently funded by the Kelsey Research Foundation and Kelsey Seybold Clinics. Available in Spanish also.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Adolescent girls in grades 4th-12th participate in WAM classes spending 10 weeks learning about health, resiliency, and making tough choices. Girls develop healthy attitudes and skills in a safe environment allowing them the freedom to share their stories without fear of embarrassment.
Part I - Skills to build resilience
Positive Thinking, Goal Setting, Decision Making, Communication
Part II – Critical health behaviors
Healthy Relationships, Personal and Community Violence, Stress and Coping, Physical Activity, Nutrition, Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Adolescents

WHAP is a 10-week series of classes for women to learn how to practice prevention and be proactive about their own health to reduce illness and promote overall good health. These tools can empower women to live longer, fuller and healthier lives.
Part I - Skills to build resilience
Positive Thinking, Stress and Coping, Goal Setting, Decision Making, Communication
Part II – Critical health behaviors
Stress and Coping, Exercise, Nutrition, Addiction, Violence, Reproductive Health , Health Monitoring

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Adults

A program designed to cover the 7 dimensions of Health and Wellness, our Girl + 1 workshop was created for girls grades 4th through 9th grade and their moms/caregivers to provide essential information to promote a healthy lifestyle. It is a holistic view of healthy behaviors including occupational, mental, physical and nutritional health. Young persons are more likely to adopt healthy eating behaviors when they learn about these behaviors through fun, participatory activities. Lessons emphasize the positive, appealing aspects of healthy behaviors rather than the negative consequences of unhealthy behaviors.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Adults

Free 1-hour preventive health seminars provided to the community at organizations, community centers or area businesses. Our staff of Health Educators and the volunteer guest speakers from our Speakers Bureau provide these seminars. Participants learn about a new health topic and immediately get basic questions answered by an expert.

A variety of Topics including: Stress Management, Nutrition, Health Monitoring,
Resiliency and Healthy Relationships or a topic of your choice

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Adults

Utilizing topics from What About Me? class curriculum and trending topics, Power Up the H.E.A.T. programs are 1-hour sessions presented on a monthly basis. They ensure young girls at a vulnerable age have the right information about their bodies and the choices they will have to make as adolescents.

Topics include:
Goal Setting, Decision Making,
Communication, Healthy Relationships
Personal/Community Violence, Stress/Coping, Nutrition, Alcohol/ Tobacco/Other Drugs,
Relational Aggression, Self Esteem

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Adolescents

This is a series of 3 to 4 conversations annually with medical professionals on cutting edge or trending health/medical topics. Each Doc Talk is held in partnership with The Health Museum and is streamed live on FaceBook. The video is then posted on our website via our YouTube Channel. . All Doc Talk's held over the lunch hour and are open to the public. They are free if you bring your own lunch or $20 with a boxed lunch. Topics have included:
A Conversation on Aging; A Cure for Metastatic Breast Cancer; Texas' High Rate of Maternal Mortality; Immunotherapy; Hope on the Horizon: Alzheimer’s; The Dangers Behind Vaping; Suicide, Anxiety and Depression

Population(s) Served
Adults

This is a series of 6 free lectures in partnership with The University of Houston Downtown streamed live and with videos posted on The Women’s Fund’s website via its YouTube Channel. Lectures are open to students and the public. The Women’s Fund’s Speakers Bureau provides expert guest lecturers.

We utilize our Speakers Bureau to provide the expert guest lecturer and have had speakers from: Menninger Clinic, Aid to Victims of Domestic Violence, Kelsey Seybold, UT Health, Houston Methodist Research Institute as well as private practice therapists.

Topics include:
Violence against Women
Stress and Its Impact on your Health
Health Monitoring/Know Your Numbers
Addiction, Your Reproductive Health, Bi-Polar
Depresssion, Heart Health.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We utilize community partners’ health fairs as opportunities to provide our publications as a resource to the community in regard to health education focusing on disease prevention and healthy behaviors. Additionally, we seek opportunities to provide workshops/presentations during these health fairs.

Population(s) Served
Families
Economically disadvantaged people

One hour health education sessions designed to increase awareness of public health issues. Monthly topics are based on the National Health Observance calendar are presented in partnership with Kelsey-Seybold Clinic in-person at their main campus, via Zoom and streamed live via Facebook for virtual guests. Speakers are typically physicians or specialists from the many specialties featured within Kelsey-Seybold umbrella. Other featured organizations have included: AVDA, Brighter Bites, American Heart Association, Mental Health America and American Cancer Society and our series sponsor, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. Sessions are free and open to the public.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Where we work

Awards

37th Annual Governor's Volunteer Awards "Partners in Educaton" 2020

OnStar Foundation

Affiliations & memberships

Community Accredited Foundation 2021

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Women and girls

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of girls (ages 9 and above) and women reached through our 10-week curriculum, 1-hour sessions, workshops and health fairs. Decrease in 2019 due to inability to gain data from a partner.

Number of health education trainings conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Children and youth, Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Decreases due to national disaster in 2017 and worldwide pandemic in 2020 and 2021.

Number of periodicals distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Children and youth, Adults

Related Program

Publications

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Numbers reflect hard copies distributed to community partners and do not include online views and downloads.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Children and youth, Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Since 2014 our programming footprint has grown ten-fold and the demand for our programs continues to grow. In April 2017, The Women's Fund embarked on a fundraising campaign to double the number of women and girls we serve each year. Our goal is to scale up the capacity of all of our programs, providing health education to 12,000 women and girls annually by the year 2024. Specifically, funds invested in The Women's Fund will allow our organization to profoundly shape the future of health for at-risk adolescent girls and under-served women in the greater Houston area.

Since 2008 we've built a solid foundation in preventative health education work. We've created partnerships in many corners of Houston and the surrounding communities. We're working with schools, community centers, faith-based organizations and social service agencies. We provide books, seminars, classes and capacity-building for community health projects using our quality programs which include our 10-week class curriculums “What About Me?" for adolescent girls grades 4th through 12th, our Women's Health Advocacy Program and our one-hour SMART lunch preventive health classes for women and Power Up the H.E.A.T for girls as well as Girl + 1 Healthy Living Workshops.
In August 2017 we successfully launched two new initiatives, “Doc Talk", a collaboration with The John P. McGovern Health and Medical Museum, which is a series of conversations on trending or groundbreaking topics with renown researchers, physicians and experts in their fields. The Women's Health Lecture Series, in partnership with the University of Houston Downtown features topics such as Addiction, Violence Against Women, Reproductive Health, Health Monitoring and Stress Management. Both series have exceeded our expectations and we are currently planning new topics for the fall.
We are currenting developing a mental health evidence-based curriculum for adolescent girls and a separate six-session curriculum for underserved women.
Adolescent/teenage years are a critical period where youth begin their transition from childhood to adulthood. Many adolescent girls experience mental health problems during this time (substance abuse, depression, bipolar anxiety disorder, schizophrenia, suicide). Girls growing up in poverty have an increased risk of suffering depression, anxiety and poor self-esteem. Not addressing mental health issues can have dangerous consequences for at-risk adolescent girls. There is a critical and urgent need to provide education about mental health issues and to encourage early and appropriate help-seeking for mental health problems in this vulnerable population.
Various factors put women at greater risk of poor mental health than men (depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorder, anxiety/panic disorder, suicide, bulimia, violence, stalking). American women are half as likely as Caucasian women to ask for help from a mental health professional largely because they are seen in their culture as strong and caretakers for their families. Latina women are similarly hesitant to seek treatment when experiencing symptoms of mental illness. Feeling too ashamed to seek help for a mental disorder, many women are simply not aware that their symptoms constitute an illness that can be treated. A big step toward improving the diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions in women rests in education.
Mental health information for girls and women are not available for free in the Greater Houston community at this time.

Our educational seminars and workshops, curriculum-based health classes and publications are evidence-based and utilize our qualified team of Program Coordinators as well as experts such as physicians, therapists, nurses, nutritionists to name a few as presenters, consultants and contributors when creating or revising our program content and publications. Our program team and interns, which is led by Andrea Watkins thoroughly research, create and revise all presentations, curriculums and content to ensure that our presentation have the most current and up to date information available. We utilize close to 200 volunteers to assist with the implementation of all of our programing in various capacities. In 2021 our volunteers contributed more than 900 hours to help us accomplish our mission.

The Women's Fund is reaching more than 11,000 women and girls (pre-pandemic) on an annual basis through our classes, workshops, lectures and community events which are presented in-person and virtually. While stay at home orders in 2020 and the first three quarter of 2021impacted our outreach numbers, we began to see a return to in-person programing in fourth quarter 2021 and into 2022. However, for many of our community programs we have begun to present in-person and virtually and believe that will continue in the future. We are working to increase the number of girls, women and family members back to pre-pandemic numbers by the end of 2023. the nuIn 2019, we reached 3,389 girls and 4,603 women through our health education programming, and 3,508 plus women, girls and family members at Health Fairs and distributed 10,200 of our publications which are available in English and Spanish both in print and on-line. We are currently developing the curriculum for our new Mindfulness: Mental Health Initiative for adolescent girls and women with a goal to launch the girl's program in spring 2021. Our long-range goals include the addition on a new curriculum geared towards women aged 50 and older as well as caregivers. We plan to reach 12,000 girls and women annually by the year 2024.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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THE WOMENS FUND FOR HEALTH EDUCATION AND RESEARCH

Board of directors
as of 07/15/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jillian Nel

Inscription Capital

Term: 2022 - 2023

Mary Beth Arcidiacono

Social Work/Community Volunteer

Jackie M. Macha

Rice University

Katherine Cabaniss Parsley

Community Volunteer

Kathyn Tees

Kelsey-Seybold Clinic

Peggy England

Kinkaid School

Monica Fulton

Community Volunteer

Jeni Ellis Halliday, Ph.D.

Community Volunteer

Shaunna Mason. M.D.

Bella Obstetrics and Gynecology

Martha Walton

Community Volunteer

Nicole West

Westco Ventures

Yemisi Ariyo

Supura Energy

Julie Hakim MD

Baylor College of Medicine

Ginny Kirklin

M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Kim Williams Mathes

HCA Healthcare

Paulina McGrath

Republic State Mortgage

Donna Tyler

Veritex Community Bank

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/7/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/08/2020

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.