Health Alerts for Women

Women’s Marches on January 21st

January 17, 2017 - 1 Comments

  Executive Director Shauna Heckert will be speaking at the Women’s March in Sacramento on the West Steps of the state Capitol,… Read More


Abortion Access Hackathon & Women’s Health Specialists in Time Magazine

Women’s Health Specialists Social Media Coordinator Shireen Dada Whitaker speaks about the San Francisco Abortion Access Hackathon in this Time Magazine article! WHS and California National Organization for Women put on the first Abortion Access Hackathon at UC Davis in September and partnered for the 3-day event  dedicated to building innovative tech solutions to help abortion funds, providers, and activists. The event was March 3rd – 5th and was a massive success. National Network of Abortion Funds, ACCESS Women’s Health Justice in Oakland, DC Abortion Fund, and other reproductive justice organizations joined us  in helping around 300 participants understand the unique needs of independent abortion providers and abortion fund organizations.


Save the Date: National Abortion Access Bowl-a-thons!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The National Network of Abortion Funds Bowl-a-thon is here!

Every April, we bowl to strike down barriers for abortion by raising money for our Women in Need fund. The Women in Need fund provides folks coming for abortion care with financial help for medical services, transportation, motels, childcare or whatever they need to be able to come to the clinic.

Save the dates and start donating/fundraising for Bowl-a-thons happening in Redding and Sacramento!


April 2nd in Redding! Email for more details!




April 15th in Sacramento! Email for more details!

San Francisco Abortion Access Hackathon

You might remember All Access: Sacramento, which was the first ever Abortion Access Hackathon! Women’s Health Specialists is partnering with a group of tech experts who double as independent abortion rights activists in San Francisco for another Abortion Access Hackathon–this time a 3 day event, March 3 – 5th, with over 300 participants! The event is already booked, but check out this article in Teen Vogue about the hackathon and look out for its mention in other upcoming national publications!

SF hackathon flyer

WHS Executive Director Shauna Heckert’s Speech at the Sacramento Women’s March

chicomarch2017Check out the video of Executive Director Shauna Heckert’s speech at the Sacramento Women’s March, an official sister march to the January 21st Women’s March on Washington.

2017 Celebrate Choice Sponsors

Thank you so much to our sponsors for all the Women’s Health Specialists Celebrate Choice benefits!

Protect Roe

Margo Fowkes, OnTarget Consulting, Inc.

Terri OConnor

Speculums for All

530 Collective

ACLU of Northern California

Janine Bera, M.D. & Congressman Ami Bera, M.D.

Rena Duhl

Regina Hovet

Robert McCrea

Melanie Row, CRNA

Leon Schimmel, MD & Annette Cody, PhD

Richard John Specht

Daniela P. Stoutenburg, Esq.

Linda K. Whitney

Stand Up, Speak out

Helen Cartwright

Chico State STOP Club- Stop Trafficking of Persons

Edward W. Coleman

Firestar Studios

Beau Grosscup

Eric Guerra

Christina Lokke

Metro Media

Mod Pizza

Maureen Price

Maja Sandberg

Megan Seely

Mary Speigle

Northstate Women’s Health Network

Barbara Zlotowski


Women’s Health Specialists on Access Sacramento TV and Radio

You can hear WHS Social Media Coordinator Shireen Dada Whitaker on Access Sacramento 95.6 today at noon talking about the current political climate, how it may affect independent abortion providers like Women’s Health Specialists, and what you can do to help! Listen online here.

Catch WHS Executive Director Shauna Heckert and Shireen Dada Whitaker being interviewed about our upcoming Celebrate Choice benefit and how important celebrating Roe v. Wade is in the context of our history and moving forward.  Livewire is on Channel 17 (Access Sacramento TV) , tonight at 7:30pm! Watch online here.



Period Product Drive

The final count is in: Women’s Health Specialists Chico raised 1,354 period products to donate to Catalyst Domestic Violence Services and 6th St Center for Youth!

Period Products donated through WHS Chico clinic

The product tallies are:

488 Tampons

496 Panty Liners

262 Pads

108 menstrual cups (Thank you, Diva Cup for donating 100 cups!)


Thank you to all who donated to this drive!!

Now Hiring: STI Prevention Project in Redding

Are you passionate about making a difference? Want to learn sexual health training and community outreach skills? Women’s Health Specialists Redding is recruiting participants of all genders ages 15 – 29 to be Peer Outreach Workers! Apply now via by contacting Dani via e-mail at dbrewster@cawhsorg or phone at 530-222-5570 ext 204

Redding Peer Prevention Flyer

Full Redding Peer Provider Flyer

Save the Date – Celebration of Choice

We are invite you to Celebrate Choice with Women’s Health Specialists, in honor of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision protecting our right to choose. Visit the links below for event details, ticket purchases, and sponsorship options.

Redding Celebration of Choice Mon, Jan. 23, 2017
Sacramento Celebration of Choice Wed, Jan. 25, 2017
Chico Celebration of Choice Fri, Jan. 27, 2017

Webinar – Criminalization as Violence Against Women Living with HIV

“Women living with HIV are likely to have experienced intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and.. trauma resulting from HIV-related, gender, and racial discrimination, along with institutional violence entrenched in discriminatory practices and policies of public institutions such as the
criminal justice system.” Ending violence against women living with HIV means ending all forms of violence, including state-sanctioned brutality and institutional violence. On November 29th, 2016 join Positive Women’s Network on their webinar discussing the impact criminalization, policing, and incarceration have on people living with HIV. Be sure to also check out the HIV Criminalization factseet PDF: