The YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts – A Voice for Women & Girls
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Workshops & Educational Presentations

Workshops, Evelyn teachingThroughout the year, our Women’s Health Advocacy Services staff [WHAS] offer workshops for community members on a variety of health-related topics, including Breast Cancer, Heart Disease, Cardio-Vascular Disease, Nutrition, Diabetes and more.  Two of our most popular include:

Stanford University: Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop

In a breakthrough treatment approach that empowers people to manage chronic disease, we offer a six-week Stanford University  workshop conducted entirely in Spanish entitled: Mi Vida, Mi Salud.

This evidence-based, culturally sensitive program has received national acclaim for its innovation in chronic disease self-management. WHAS instructors teach participants how to reduce the impacts of pain, fatigue, frustration and isolation through gentle yet effective exercise, medication management, healthy eating and communicating effectively with both health care providers and family members.

This program is a great opportunity and is designed to work with people in the community where they’re “at” in their struggle to manage chronic illness. In this free, highly interactive small-group workshop, up to 12 participants focus on how to evaluate new treatments for their specific conditions, as well as how to support each other while learning to manage their own unique situations.  Since the inception of the program in 2011, we’ve graduated more than 48 participants [both women & men!], and have received overwhelmingly positive feedback from students that the course has helped them improve their overall health.

For periodic outcomes and impacts of this program, check our Facebook page!

For information on this workshop, contact us.

Healing Circles for Breast Cancer Survivors

As part of our WHAS focus on supporting breast cancer survivors, Latinas have benefited from Mi Vida, Mi Tiempo, quarterly healing circles that provide survivors with education, support and sisterhood to help them heal while celebrating survivorship.

This program was designed in response to feedback provided from survivor focus groups.  Together, women have worked with an art therapist to craft a quilt celebrating their journeys learned from the nonprofit Cooking Matters to cook healthy versions of favorite foods [including rice and beans of course!], and looked at the spiritual nature of healing.

Every meeting is different, but the goal is the same:  To help breast cancer survivors feel less alone as they take the steps toward healing and continued breast health care.  We are grateful to Komen for the Cure, MA Affiliate for its support of this program!

For information on this workshop, contact us.