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Black Women's Health Imperative

International. 15 chapters. Founded 1981. Grassroots organization aimed at improving the health of black women by providing wellness education, services, self-help group development, leadership development, health information and advocacy. Assists in the development of new local affiliate groups. Self-help brochure, quarterly newsletter and annual news magazine. Membership dues vary.

Write:

Black Women's Health Imperative

1726 M Street NW, Suite 300

Washington, DC 20036

Voice: 202-548-4000

Fax: 202-543-9743

Website: http://www.blackwomenshealth.org

E-mail: info@blackwomenshealth.org

Verified: 4/3/2012

International Premature Ovarian Failure Association, Inc.

International network. Founded 1995. Peer-to-peer support for women who have premature ovarian failure, premature/primary ovarian insufficency, and premature menopause. Phone support, literature, information and referrals and local support groups.

Write:

IPOFA

P.O. Box 23643

Alexandria, VA 22034

Voice: 703-913-4787

Website: http://www.ipofa.org

Verified: 10/18/2011

Power Surge

Online. Provides support and information for women going through menopause. Online interactive chats, message boards, newsletters and weekly gab sessions. Some pages require flash.

Website: http://power-surge.com

Verified: 9/26/2011

iVillage Health Message Boards

Online. Provides various message boards concerning all aspects of health, including menopause, breast cancer, addictions, allergies, arthritis, heart, immune disorders, vision, disabilities, diabetes, caregivers, brain disorders, infertility, respiratory, mental health, pain, parenting, thyroid and medications. Mailing lists, message boards, chats and newsletters.

Website: http://www.ivillage.com/boards

Verified: 9/26/2011

Cyster Connection

Online. 531 members. Support for women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), a condition in which ovaries create an abundance of follicles each month without producing an egg. PCOS usually goes hand-in-hand with insulin resistance. It is also the most common cause of infertility among women in the United States.

Website: http://pcostcc.proboards83.com

Verified: 9/21/2011

Saline Support

Online. 2200+ members. Founded 2000. For women who have experienced health problems related to having saline or silicone gel breast implants. Discussion of emotional struggles and effective health therapies.

Website: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/salinesupport

E-mail: salinesupport-owner@yahoogroups.com

Verified: 9/26/2011

Breast Implant Support Forum

Online. 3250+ members. Support forum created to help women who have become ill from having saline or silicone implants. Provides information, support, information on explants (removal of implants) and detoxing after removal.

Website: http://www.breastimplantsupport.org

E-mail: breastimplantsupport@comcast.net

Verified: 9/26/2011

WomenHeart

Online. Support for women with heart disease, their family and friends.

Write:

WomenHeart - NCWHD

818 18th St. NW, Ste 1000

Washington, DC 20006

Website: http://www.womenheart.org/supportnetworks

E-mail: mail@womenheart.org

Verified: 4/6/2012

Mautner Project, the National Lesbian Health Organization

Model. Several groups in Washington, DC. Founded 1990. Cancer support and survivorship groups for lesbian, bisexual and transgender women who partner with women (WPWs), their partners and caregivers. Bereavement support groups for WPWs who have lost a partner, friend or loved one. Smoking cessation groups for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Health self-empowerment groups for black WPWs. Provides phone and online support to WPWs outside the DC-Metro area. Provides LGBT cultural competency training to health care professionals and their staff members. Information and referrals, phone support, literature, newsletter and advocacy.

Write:

Mautner Project

1875 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 710

Washington, DC 20009

Voice: 1-866-628-8637 or 202-332-5536 (Mon.-Fri., 9am-5:30pm EST)

Fax: 202-332-0662

TDD: 202-332-5536

Website: http://www.mautnerproject.org

E-mail: info@mautnerproject.org

Verified: 9/6/2011

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