Ravenswood Family Health Center
1885 Bay Road
East Palo Alto, CA 94303

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Women’s Health Services

Designed to coordinate prevention and support services for women

Ravenswood Family Health Center is an Accredited Centering Site recognized by the Centering Healthcare Institute (CHI). Accreditation is awarded by CHI, based in Boston, MA, when a site has been evaluated and found to have achieved quality and sustainability milestones.

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.

Family Planning

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

Prenatal Care

  • Pacific Islander and Hispanic women have the highest proportions of births receiving less than adequate prenatal care
  • Late or no prenatal care in Pacific Islanders is significantly higher (2 times greater than in Hispanics and Blacks)

San Mateo County Community Assessment 2011

Every young woman needs a lot of support during pregnancy.

Of the 402 young women that received prenatal care at RFHC in 2012:

    16% were 19 and younger
    An estimated 40% were unmarried


Comprehensive Prenatal Services:

To prepare women, we provide a comprehensive one-on-one education series that includes

  • Education about fetal development, importance of diet, and the ups and downs of pregnancy and how to deal with discomforts
  • Preparation for childbirth including a visit to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital where the baby will be delivered
  • Breastfeeding and baby care
  • Basics of infant safety and prevention of injury
  • Referral to Integrated Behavioral Health if needed

Prevention and Early Detection

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

Women Supporting One Another

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.