Institute for the Advancement of Women's Health

Cause Area

  • Community
  • Health & Medicine
  • Women


2300 Vantage DriveWOODBRIDGE, VA 22191 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

IAWH is a community-based, 501 c 3, organization, founded in Prince William County, Virginia. Our mission is to broaden the understanding of women’s health beyond reproductive and sexual health, raising awareness and increasing knowledge about a woman as a whole person, considering her sociology and the many social determinants that can impact health and wellness.


  • IAWH has been able to persevere through the COVID pandemic serving the DC, MD, and VA metro area.

    • Developed and hosted more than 14 women’s health and wellness programs

    2020 Women’s H&W sessions

    • Elizabeth Cotter, Ph.D., Women’s Wellness | Self-Care
    • Michelle Hoersch, MS., Resilience | Adverse Childhood Experiences
    • Zerline Chambers-Kersey, MD, Women, and STDs
    • Gabrielle Bercy, MD, MPH, MBA, Endometriosis & Uterine Fibroids
    • Cheryl Thompson, MSPH, Writing for Emotional Wellness
    • Groesbeck Parham, MD, Eliminating Cervical Cancer
    • Alice Chen, MD, Loneliness, Social Isolation
    • Purnima Sinha, Mindfulness
    • Geoffrey Ray, MD & Debra Rundles, RN, Breast Health
    • Karen Lindsey Marshall, JD, Needs of Caregivers
    • Janine Payne, MPH, Women’s Health for the New Year

2021 Women’s Health and Wellness Sessions

  • Michelle Petri, M.D., M.P.H. & Lauren Metelski, RN, M.P.H. Lupus: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment
  • Nicole Verdun, MD, Understanding COVID-19: The Virus, Therapeutics, The Vaccines
  • Mentored four American University Public Health Scholars in 2020 and 2021.


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