2019 NEWS

OCWHP Receives Certificate of Recognition for DVHC Work

At the August 1, 2019 DVHC Wrap Event, the OCWHP received a Certificate of Recognition from the Orange County Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Chaffee, Fourth District for our leadership on the Domestic Violence and Health Collective - Orange County. 

OCWHP Quoted in Congressional Press Release

The OCWHP is proud to have supported Congresswoman Katie Porter's amendment in the Violence Against Women Act that ensures economic abuse is included as a form of domestic violence.  OCWHP Founding Director, Allyson Sonenshine, was quoted in Congresswoman Porter's Press Release.  

2016 NEWS

Teen Reproductive Health Task Force Honored

On May 6, 2016 the Teen Reproductive Health Task Force was honored by Planned Parenthood of Orange & San Bernardino Counties' Community Action Fund for its work to support comprehensive sex education in public schools in Orange County at PPOSBC's 25th Anniversary Celebration.

Good news – American women have access to more preventive health services at no additional cost thanks to updates to the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  On December 20, 2016, the federal government reaffirmed and updated the list of covered preventive services originally adopted in 2011 by accepting new recommendations from the Women’s Preventive Services Initiative (WPSI).

The WPSI recommendations are evidence-based and aim to improve women’s health across the lifespan.  The federal government’s decision to accept the WPSI’s clinical recommendations means that most insurance plans must cover such preventive services with no co-payments, coinsurance, deductibles, or other cost-sharing charged to the patient. 

Below are highlights for each WPSI recommendation:

Breast Cancer Screening for Average-Risk Women

The WPSI recommends mammography screening for average risk women beginning between age 40 and 50 and continuing at least biennially and as frequently as annually until at least age 74.

Breastfeeding Services and Supplies

The WPSI recommends lactation support services including counseling, education, and rentals of breastfeeding equipment and supplies during the antenatal, perinatal, and postpartum periods.

Screening for Cervical Cancer

The WPSI recommends cervical cancer screening for average risk women beginning at age 21 using the Pap test every 3 years. After age 30, co-testing with Pap and HPV testing is recommended every 5 years, or Pap testing alone every 3 years.


The WPSI recommends that adolescent and adult women have access to all FDA-approved forms of contraception as well as counseling, initiation of contraceptive use, and follow-up care provided by a healthcare provider.  

Screening for Gestational Diabetes Mellitus

As originally recommended, pregnant women should be screened between 24 and 28 weeks of gestation.  The WPSI recommends that a 50-g glucose challenge test be used due to its “high sensitivity and specificity.”  Women with an increased risk should be screened prior to 24 weeks.

Screening for HIV Infection

The WPSI recommends that counseling (education and risk assessment) for HIV takes place annually for adolescents and women, and screening should take place at least once throughout the lifespan, and additionally throughout pregnancy.  More frequent screening is recommended based on a woman’s risk.

Screening for Interpersonal and Domestic Violence

The WPSI recommends screening adolescents and women for interpersonal and domestic violence at least annually, and when needed, providing or referring for initial intervention services. The WPSI lists the different types of interpersonal and domestic violence, risk factors, and the sample intervention services that may be sought.

Counseling for Sexually Transmitted Infections

The WPSI recommends directed behavioral counseling by a health care provider or other appropriately trained individual for sexually active adolescent and adult women at an increased risk for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).  The recommendation outlines how to determine if an individual is at an increased risk and advises that counseling to reduce the risk of STIs may be considered for adolescents and women who are not identified as high risk.

Well-Woman Preventive Visits

The WPSI recommends that women receive at least one preventive care visit per year beginning in adolescence and continuing across the lifespan to ensure that the recommended preventive services are obtained.  The primary purpose of these visits should be the delivery and coordination of recommended preventive services as determined by age and risk factors. 

For the full text of the U.S. Human Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)’s Women’s Preventive Services Guidelines, please visit: https://www.hrsa.gov/womensguidelines/.

For an Abridged Report of the WPSI Recommendations and Implementation Considerations, please visit: http://www.womenspreventivehealth.org/final-report/