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Organizations and Agencies

Alan Guttmacher Institute
"AGI publishes Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, International Family Planning Perspectives, The Guttmacher Report on Public Policy and special reports on topics pertaining to sexual and reproductive health and rights. The Institute's mission is to protect the reproductive choices of all women and men in the United States and throughout the world."

California. Department of Public Health. Office of Women's Health.
"The Office of Women's Health strives to guide women's health policy in an effective and comprehensive fashion to promote health and reduce the burden of preventable disease and injury among the women and girls of California."

Data Points: Results from the 2006-2007 California Women's Health Survey
CWHS is "an annual population-based telephone survey designed to gather information about health-related attitudes and behaviors and access to health care services among a sample of randomly selected adult women (over 18) in California."

International Center for Research on Women
"The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) works to make women in developing countries an integral part of alleviating global poverty. Our research evidence identifies women’s contributions as well as the obstacles that prevent them from being economically strong and able to fully participate in society. ICRW translates these insights into a path of action that honors women’s human rights, ensures gender equality and creates the conditions in which all women can thrive." The ICRW's publications library includes freely available reports, toolkits, policy briefs and position papers on topics such as child marriage, economic empowerment, food security, HIV/AIDS, maternal health, and trafficking, among many others.

National Women's Health Resource Center, A-Z List
This list covers more than 100 conditions, diseases and women's health issues with a nicely detailed but readable overview of the topic followed by a link to resources, many of which are available online.

Society for Women's Health Research
"The Society advocates increased funding for research on women’s health; encourages the study of sex differences that may affect the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease; promotes the inclusion of women in medical research studies; and informs women, providers, policy makers and media about contemporary women’s health issues."

Women's Cancer Resource Center of Berkeley, California
The center runs a Information and Referral Hotline, maintains a Peer Referral Network, and provides a Resource Library for women. Links are provided to significant cancer sites as well as a variety of other sites (e.g. complementary medicine and environment).

womenshealth.gov (A project of the U.S. DHHS Office on Women's Health)
"The Office on Women's Health's (OWH) mission is to provide leadership to promote health equity for women and girls through sex/gender-specific approaches." Its website provides access to a variety of Federal and other women's health information resources. Some full-text publications can be read or downloaded from the site. It also contains links to other resources, including Quick Health Data Online, a database providing county-level data on topics ranging from access to care and infectious diseases to mental health and violence.

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Publications and Databases

To search for journal articles on this topic, use Indexes and Databases. To locate journals, use the Melvyl catalog, or the UC-eLinks Electronic Journals Search.

Contemporary Women's Issues (1992 to the present)
Note: Access limited to UCB faculty, staff, and students.
This is a multidisciplinary full text database covering women's issues worldwide. Sources include alternative presses, scholarly journals, newsletters, government reports, surveys/statistical data, proceedings, fact sheets, and guides.

Gender Disparity in South Asia: Comparisons between and within Countries (January 1998)
This report examines and provides data on the level of gender disparity, as well as on the differences in gender disparity, among Indian states and Pakistani provinces. The focus is primarily on health outcomes and educational enrollment. In addition, the cross-country/state/province database that was generated for this research is available for researchers to download.

Note: Access limited to UCB faculty, staff, and students.
GenderWatch is a full text database of publications that focus on the impact of gender across a broad spectrum of subject areas. Publications include magazines, academic journals, newspapers, newsletters, books, pamphlets, conference proceedings, and government reports. Coverage goes back to the 1970s.

Global Library of Women's Medicine
"A major not-for-profit initiative to provide medical professionals worldwide with free and universal access to a vast and constantly updated, peer-reviewed resource of clinical information and guidance." Includes topics such as safer motherhood, genetics in reproduction, breast cancer, and contraceptive medicine among many others.

Mainstreaming Gender in Water Management, 2006
"As part of its ongoing efforts to support both Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) and gender mainstreaming strategies, United Nations Development Programme’s Environment and Energy Development Group has prepared this Resource Guide for Mainstreaming Gender in IWRM. Developed in consultation with stakeholders in various regions and supported by the Gender and Water Alliance, gender specialists and practitioners, the resources here are divided among thirteen water sub-sectors. Resources for each sub-sector include references, resources (including manuals and guidelines), case studies and relevant websites.

Making the Grade on Women's Health: A National and State-by-State Report Card (2010)
"The Report Card provides status indicators that measure women’s access to health care services, the degree to which they receive preventive health care and engage in health-promoting activities, the occurrence of key women’s health conditions, and the extent to which the communities in which women live enhance their health and well-being. The Report Card also provides a set of policy indicators, which are based on state statutes, regulations, policies and programs that address the problems identified by the health status indicators.

For the indicators presented, the Report Card assesses women’s health in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, and it provides information on women’s health status nationally and federal government policies and programs important to advancing women’s health and well-being." From the National Women's Law Center.

Overarching Themes of the Priorities for Research in Women's Health (National Library of Medicine)
Has links to PubMed searches, clinical trials information, and other resources on women's health issues such as girls and obesity, gender identity, domestic violence, contraception, pregnancy and HIV/AIDS, and many more.

Women with Disabilities (UN: Global Programme on Disability/UN enable and WomenWatch)
"Girls and women of all ages with any form of disability are among the more vulnerable and marginalized of society." This web page is devoted to increasing the awareness of the situation of women with disabilities. You can find citations here from reports, studies and conventions that discuss the conditions faced by disabled women with links to the source documents. This site also links to fact sheets on the educational status, employment, health and housing challenges faced by women with disabilities. You will also find links to many other UN resources, publications, documents, events and a webcast on this urgent topic.

The Women's Health Data Book: A Profile of Women's Health in the United States, 3rd Edition (2001)
This book, published by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health, "offers the latest data and trends on the wide range of health issues that affect women across their life spans, including chronic conditions, reproductive health, mental health, violence, health behaviors, and access to and quality of health services received by women. Information is included on disparities in health status and access to care among subgroups of women, highlighting the populations of women who are at greatest risk."

Women's Health USA 2012 (Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration)
Formerly called the Women's Health Data Books, this concise reference has information and statistics on demographics, health behaviors, health indicators, health services utilization, and more. Produced annually; editions back to 2002 are online. Scroll down to view the Data Books

Women's Health in the United States: Health Coverage and Access to Care (2002)
Information and data on health insurance, health providers, and access to health care. From the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

Women's Studies International (1972 to the present)
Note: Access limited to UCB faculty, staff, and students.
Women's Resources International consists of a variety of women's studies databases including Women Studies Abstracts. It provides references to books, articles, reports, anthology chapters, and non-print materials.

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