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Regional Women’s Health Coordinators

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  • Role of the Regional Women's Health Coordinators

  • Regional Women's Health Liaison

  • Region I – Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont

  • Region II – New Jersey, New York, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands (St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John)

  • Region III – Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia

  • Region IV – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee

  • Region V – Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin

  • Region VI – Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas

  • Region VII – Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska

  • Region VIII – Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming

  • Region IX – Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and the United States Pacific Island Jurisdictions: American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Republic of Palau

  • Region X – Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington


Role of the Regional Women's Health Coordinators

Ten Regional Women's Health Coordinators (RWHCs) coordinate and implement national public health initiatives to promote a greater focus on women's health issues at the regional, state and local levels. They advance the mission of the Office on Women's Health (OWH) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and represent the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health (Women's Health) by administering programs that improve the health of women in communities across the country, and by coordinating activities and programs in health care service delivery, research, and public and health professional education. Sensitivity to local, state, and regional needs in women's health is reflected in their work to identify priority health areas, to establish networking relationships, and to implement initiatives addressing regional women's health concerns.

The RWHCs chair regional advisory committees on women's health; advise regional health administrators on women's health priorities; provide information and technical assistance; and share information and resources with federal and state agencies, local communities, the public and entities funded by OWH to promote comprehensive, integrated health care for women. They also convene conferences and workshops; support the capacity building of minority women's organizations; and participate in local, state, regional, federal, and international activities to advance the mission of OWH.


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Regional Women's Health Liaison

Ledia I. Martínez, M.D., M.P.H.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Office on Women's Health
200 Independence Avenue, SW, Rm. 728E
Washington, DC 20201
Phone: 202-205-1960
Fax: 202-401-4005
Email: Ledia.Martinez@hhs.gov


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Region I – Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont

Women's Health Coordinator:

Marian Mehegan, D.D.S., M.P.H.
John F. Kennedy Federal Building, #2126
Boston, Massachusetts 02203
Phone: 617-565-1071
Fax: 617-565-4265
Email: Marian.Mehegan@hhs.gov

Learn more about Region I


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Region II – New Jersey, New York, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands (comprised of St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John)

Women's Health Coordinator:

Sandra Bennett-Pagan, L.C.S.W.
26 Federal Plaza, Room 3835
New York, NY 10278
Phone: 212-264-4628
Fax: 212-264-1324
Email: Sandra.Bennett-Pagan@hhs.gov

Program assistant: Genet Vega

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Region III – Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia

Women's Health Coordinator:

Vacant

Point of contact: Sarah Shrimplin, M.P.H.
150 S. Independence Mall West, Ste. 436
Philadelphia, PA 19106-3499
Phone: 215-861-4620
Email: sarah.shrimplin@hhs.gov

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Region IV – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee

Women's Health Coordinator:

Lenee Simon, M.P.H.
61 Forsyth Street, SW, Suite 5B95
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404-562-7907
Email: lenee.simon@hhs.gov

Program assistant: Candice Jett

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Region V – Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin

Women's Health Coordinator:

Michelle Hoersch, M.S.
233 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1300
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-353-8122
Fax: 312-353-780
Email: Michelle.Hoersch@hhs.gov

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Region VI – Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas

Women's Health Coordinator:

CDR Angela Girgenti, R.D.H., M.P.H., C.P.H.
1301 Young Street, Suite 1124
Dallas, TX 75202
Phone: 214-767-3523
Fax: 214-767-3209
Email: Angela.Girgenti@hhs.gov

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Region VII – Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska

Women's Health Coordinator:

Joyce Townser, R.N., M.S.A., B.S.N.
601 East 12th Street, Room S1801
Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone: 816-426-2926
Fax: 816-426-2178
Email: Joyce.Townser@hhs.gov

 

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Region VIII – Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming

Women's Health Coordinator:

Susana Centeno Perez, MPH
999 18th Street, South Terrace, Suite 471
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-844-7859
Fax: 303-844-2019
Email: Susana.CentenoPerez@hhs.gov

 

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Region IX – Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and the United States Pacific Island Jurisdictions: American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Republic of Palau

Women's Health Coordinator:

Kay A. Strawder, J.D., M.S.W.
90 7th Street, Suite 5-100
San Francisco, CA 94103
415-437-8119
Fax: 214-767-3209
Email: Kay.Strawder@hhs.gov

Program assistant: Sheila L. James
90 7th Street, Suite 5-100
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: 415-437-8075
Fax: 415-437-8004
Email: Sheila.James@hhs.gov

Learn more about Region IX


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Region X – Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington

Women's Health Coordinator:

Renée Bouvion, M.P.H.
701 Fifth Avenue Suite 1600
Rm 1630, MS 20
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206-615-3667
Fax: 206-615-2481
Email: Renee.Bouvion@hhs.gov

Learn more about Region X

Content last updated July 12, 2011.

Resources last updated January 13, 2014.

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