“We give women tools to evaluate their authentic health care needs - not based on a societal myth, but on women’s reality and experience.”
— Shauna Heckert, Former Executive Director of Women's Health Specialists
The barriers to health are deeply rooted in our culture. The wellness of our families and our communities has not improved at the same rate as technological advances, health care reform and specialized medicine. Women are targeted with a myriad of "health promotion, disease prevention" programs by the health care industry. The health care industry, with its own set of priorities, does not necessarily understand or address the true health needs and concerns of women.
It is not surprising to learn that women are the largest consumers of health care and pharmaceutical products. Health and well being is a confusing and anxiety-producing subject for many women. The definition of the "ideal" healthy women is used by the medical profession, medical researchers and the health care industry. This myth is narrow, stereotypical and unrealistic, and harmful to women. The image women have of themselves is effected by the myth of an ideal woman, and consequently, effects how they take care of themselves.
The philosophy of Women's Health Specialists is to promote positive images of women and provide our clients with a new perspective on their bodies and health. We give women the tools to evaluate their authentic health care needs - not based on a societal myth, but on women's reality and experience. We assist women so that they can learn that their bodies and life stages are normal. Our goal is to empower women through support, education, self-help and services to be able to make the best health care decisions for themselves.