Mission

Mission

To provide Houston-area women and girls with the tools they need to be advocates for their health.

OUR WORK

In order to accomplish our mission, we provide one-time health seminars, curriculum-based health classes, and publications to the Houston community. Our services are free of charge.

OBJECTIVE

Because health is a resource for everyday life and not just the objective of living… the mission is to provide Houston area women and girls with the tools they need to be advocates for their health.

The population we serve is Houston area at-risk adolescent girls and undeserved women by providing specialized health education programs. Our health education classes are unique because they include preventative curriculum-based classes that teach resiliency skills and relate those skills to current health risks.

Resiliency is a key strategy to empowering individuals and communities to either increase or decrease long-term health outcomes; therefore, we teach resiliency skills to increase self –efficacy, decision-making, goal setting and communication and resourcefulness to ensure positive health outcomes for individuals and communities.

Resiliency and health promotion enable people to increase control over, and to improve, their health. Individuals use their communities to draw on existing human and material resources to enhance resiliency, self-help and social support, and to participate in health matters so we invest in community partnerships to implement our programs as required for us to accomplish our mission.

Because The Women’s Fund provides the needed and continuous access to information, skills, and learning opportunities for health, and enhances individual and community resiliency … we advance our mission that will ensure healthy and resilient women and girls.

EFFECTIVENESS

The Women’s Fund’s work is built on the best practices and participation of experts. There are many health education resources available for free to the public, but they are not delivered directly to the people who need them most. The government produces research and curricula on health education and its outcomes. Community partners work with the needy. Volunteers want to give their time. Someone has to actually bring all of these resources together. The Women’s Fund covers the last mile to deliver relevant information that allows the targeted recipient to make informed decisions about their health.

OUTCOMES

In 2016, we served more than 8,600 women and girls who reported the following outcomes:

Outcomes for One-Time Presentations

80% Learned Something Useful
85% Felt Like They Could Apply That Knowledge To Their Daily Life
80% Learned A New Healthy Strategy
85% Can Use That Strategy To Improve Their Life
90% Would Share This Knowledge With Someone
95% Would Attend Another Women’s Fund Event

We utilize a logic model to determine the effectiveness of our curriculum-based education classes. The model describes logical linkages among program resources, activities, outputs, audiences, and short-, intermediate-, and long-term outcomes related to a specific problem or situation.

80% of participants know the effects of positive thinking, and skills to increase positive thinking.
75% of participants apply appropriate skills to minimize health risk and increase positive health behaviors.
70% of participants know the steps to decision-making.
70% of participants know how to set a personal goal.
75% of participants make decisions using the model and set personal goals.
80% of participants identify active listening, conflict resolution and resistance skills.
75% of participants believe they can influence their interactions with others to have healthier and safer relationships.
80% of participants identified physical and emotional indicators of stress.