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WHEALTH Newsletter
Issue 12 - March 2019
NATIONAL HEALTH UPDATE
Title X – On March 4, 2019 the Trump administration released final regulations for Title X, the federal family planning program that has provided critical family planning services for low-income women, as well as preventive care and STI screening and treatment.  That same day, California's Attorney General and Essential Access Health (administrator of the Title X program in California) filed lawsuits to block implementation of these regulations.  
 
The new rules are harmful to women’s health and jeopardize access to health care. They prohibit federal Title X funds from going to any family planning site that also provides abortion services.  Alternatively the site must completely separate, both physically and financially, its abortion-related activities from the rest of the site even though no federal dollars are spent on abortion services.  The impact of this is to significantly reduce the network of family planning providers and resources available to serve low-income and uninsured people under the program. 
 
The rules also put a gag rule into effect, which forbids sites from providing pregnant patients with referrals for abortions.  This rule interferes with the patient-provider relationship by prohibiting providers from discussing certain topics with their patients.

The Orange County Women's Health Project opposes these regulations and supports the lawsuits to protect access to quality, comprehensive, and unbiased reproductive health care and critical preventive services.  For more information on the impact of the new regulations and the current legal challenges, please click here
VOTE ON MARCH 12

Did you know there is an Orange County Board of Supervisors special election tomorrow, March 12?  Voters who live in the 3rd district will elect a new Supervisor to represent portions of Anaheim, portions of Irvine, Orange, Tustin, Villa Park, and Yorba Linda.

The Board of Supervisors oversee the county's budget – including health care programs and public benefits.  Your vote in this election matters!  Find your vote center.

RECENT ACTIVITY
#LoveIsOC – A Giving Day to Support Healthy Teen Relationships in OC
On Tuesday, February 12, 2019 the OCWHP and 6 other organizations raised $89,643 to support healthy teen relationships in Orange County.  The OCWHP raised over $10,500 to continue educating teens and those who work with teens on healthy relationships and how relationships impact health.  Thank you to our collaborative partners and everyone who supported #LoveIsOC and the OCWHP!

You can find our #LoveIsOC videos on FacebookInstagram and YouTube.
DV Training for Substance Abuse Treatment Providers

The OCWHP is offering a new training on the intersection of domestic violence, mental health and substance abuse (SA) developed specifically for substance abuse treatment providers.  Trainees will learn about domestic violence and its impact on substance abuse treatment, why and how to screen for DV, how and where to refer clients, and the limits of confidentiality and mandatory reporting.

For more information or to schedule a training, contact Gail Dratch, OCWHP Mental Health Specialist, at dratch@ocwomenshealth.org

 
DV and Health Training for Medical Professionals 

If you were unable to attend a live Domestic Violence and Health Training, they are now available online for free

These CME and CEU-eligible modules include training on: 
  • Intimate Partner Violence and Health Training for Providers
  • Cultural Competency (South Asian, Latino, Asian and Pacific Islander) 
  • Teen Dating Violence
  • Reproductive Coercion
CLICK THE IMAGES BELOW TO ACCESS THE TRAINING MODULES 
Now Available – Public Health Campaign Toolkit
The DVHC-OC's Public Health Campaign "We Can Overcome" developed a toolkit for providers and organizations that are interested in creating a public health campaign to accomplish the following:
  • raise awareness of domestic violence as a health issue
  • reduce the stigma associated with domestic violence
  • increase awareness of domestic violence services in the local community
Click here to download the toolkit.
To order copies, please contact Jaimie Wu at Waymakers – jwu@waymakersoc.org.

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