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Self Help Clearinghouse
Black Women's Health Imperative
International. 15 chapters. Founded 1981. Grassroots organization aimed at improving the health of black women by providing wellness education, services, self-help group development, leadership development, health information and advocacy. Assists in the development of new local affiliate groups. Self-help brochure, quarterly newsletter and annual news magazine. Membership dues vary.
Black Women's Health Imperative
1726 M Street NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036
International Premature Ovarian Failure Association, Inc.
International network. Founded 1995. Peer-to-peer support for women who have premature ovarian failure, premature/primary ovarian insufficency, and premature menopause. Phone support, literature, information and referrals and local support groups.
P.O. Box 23643
Alexandria, VA 22034
Online. Provides support and information for women going through menopause. Online interactive chats, message boards, newsletters and weekly gab sessions. Some pages require flash.
iVillage Health Message Boards
Online. Provides various message boards concerning all aspects of health, including menopause, breast cancer, addictions, allergies, arthritis, heart, immune disorders, vision, disabilities, diabetes, caregivers, brain disorders, infertility, respiratory, mental health, pain, parenting, thyroid and medications. Mailing lists, message boards, chats and newsletters.
Online. 531 members. Support for women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), a condition in which ovaries create an abundance of follicles each month without producing an egg. PCOS usually goes hand-in-hand with insulin resistance. It is also the most common cause of infertility among women in the United States.
Online. 2200+ members. Founded 2000. For women who have experienced health problems related to having saline or silicone gel breast implants. Discussion of emotional struggles and effective health therapies.
Breast Implant Support Forum
Online. 3250+ members. Support forum created to help women who have become ill from having saline or silicone implants. Provides information, support, information on explants (removal of implants) and detoxing after removal.
Online. Support for women with heart disease, their family and friends.
WomenHeart - NCWHD
818 18th St. NW, Ste 1000
Washington, DC 20006
Mautner Project, the National Lesbian Health Organization
Model. Several groups in Washington, DC. Founded 1990. Cancer support and survivorship groups for lesbian, bisexual and transgender women who partner with women (WPWs), their partners and caregivers. Bereavement support groups for WPWs who have lost a partner, friend or loved one. Smoking cessation groups for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Health self-empowerment groups for black WPWs. Provides phone and online support to WPWs outside the DC-Metro area. Provides LGBT cultural competency training to health care professionals and their staff members. Information and referrals, phone support, literature, newsletter and advocacy.
1875 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 710
Washington, DC 20009
Voice: 1-866-628-8637 or 202-332-5536 (Mon.-Fri., 9am-5:30pm EST)