Women’s Health Services
Designed to coordinate prevention and support services for women
68% of our adult patients are women; the majority are mothers or grandmothers who see caring for their families as more important than their own health.
They are the backbone for their family’s health. Many of them are coping with life issues that impact access to care and self care, including domestic violence, social/linguistic isolation, and behavioral health problems.
53% of our adult female patients are of childbearing age (15-45)
- Highest rates of teen pregnancy in the county are in RFHC’s service area.
- Majority of teen pregnancies occurs consistently in adolescent Latinas; increased dramatically from 61.3% in 1990-1994 to 78.2% in 2000-2004 (latest data available)
Source: Community Assessment: Health & Quality of Life in San Mateo County 2008
Members of our women's health care team
Every young woman needs a lot of support during pregnancy.
Of the 402 young women that received prenatal care at RFHC in 2012:
An estimated 40% were unmarried
1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer
Lack of insurance or inadequate coverage is a major barrier to preventive health services and timely treatment. As a result, people without insurance or people that do not have adequate coverage, are much more likely to be diagnosed with advance stages of cancer.
Until RFHC has onsite radiology, we draw on our partners to provide mammography.
- Palo Alto Medical Foundation provides free mammography to uninsured Ravenswood patients
- Gabriella Patser Program offers mammograms for women under the age of 40
- San Mateo Medical Center
Listen to Tesla Ortega, RN, tell her story. surviving breast cancer.
Healthy and Strong Women is an educational series that we offer in English and Spanish, teaching women to be as vigilant about their own health as they are about the health of their children.
Funded by the Stanford Hospitals & Clinic Community Benefits Program.