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The Women's Fund is a non-profit organization that has been active in the field of women's health since 1979, and our mission is to provide health education to those who need it most. Our services include curriculum-based health classes, publications, health education events and one-time educational sessions to the community. We want all Houston area women and girls to have the tools they need to advocate for their health, so we can be a community of healthy and resilient women.
The Women's Fund was founded in 1979 with a generous gift from Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Goettsche in an attempt to provide study and research involving the medical problems of women. The stated goals were to educate the public, to obtain funds for teaching and research, and to distribute these funds to institutions or single individuals striving to find new information and solutions concerning women's health. The goals remain essentially the same today.
Since 1979 The Women's Fund has provided more than 165 educational lectures and seminars for its members. Speakers are sent to area corporations and women's groups at no charge through its Speakers Bureau. In 1980 The Women's Fund began funding research grants. Even though the early grants funded were small, 157 grants have been funded for a total of nearly $1,300,000.00. Besides formal research, several outreach service programs with far reaching effects have also been funded.
The Women's Fund publishes and distributes health publications to the Houston community. The publications are:
- What are the facts? Information to help women take control of their health
- How's my health? A personal health record
- What about me? A girls' guide to health
- Which "weigh"? A roadmap to a healthy lifestyle for you and your family
Publications are available free of charge in both English and Spanish. The Women's Fund also publishes a quarterly newsletter, HER Voice, which circulated to members and other interested women.