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THE CWHC UPDATE is a monthly bulletin that includes info on CWHC events and take-action items.

Changes Ahead!

We want to share with you what will soon be the beginning of a new chapter for CWHC – the transition of our current Director, Jess Kane. After sixteen years here, and five as the Director, Jess will end her tenure at the end of March in order to pursue additional career goals.

We are truly a stronger, more sustainable organization because of Jess’ vision and leadership, which began long before her time as Director. She has led us through significant change and growth, including the evolution to be inclusive of trans individuals, our first relocation in over 30 years, and the expansion to become a nurse practitioner-led clinic offering primary care. 

We are incredibly proud of what Jess has accomplished here, and we are more deeply fulfilling our mission because of it. Though we will miss Jess dearly, we are so excited to support her in her own growth, as she becomes part of our radical, extended family doing meaningful work in Chicago. We can’t wait to see what she does next!

Moving forward into a new era of leadership, our current Clinical Services Director, Leslie Fiedler, MPH, will serve as Interim Director. We are working with McAlpine Consulting for Growth to manage our search and transition process; please stay tuned for the upcoming job posting and help us spread the word!

Sharing Our 2016 Annual Report

CWHC is proud to share the 2016 Annual Report! Our sincere thanks to everyone who contributed to the work, care, and impact evident across its pages.

CWHC and CLLAW are Back Together for Battle of the CLLAWentines

The Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers (CLLAW) is back for CLLAW XXVI and has once again invited CWHC along for the ride!

CLLAW XXVI: Battle of the CLLAWentines will feature Chicago’s biggest, baddest lady-identified arm wrestlers, plus musical entertainment by the Jacob Horn Trio and prizes for winners and losers alike. All proceeds from CLLAW XXVI will benefit Sideshow Theatre Company and Chicago Women’s Health Center.

When: Saturday, February 11, 2017. Doors open at 9 pm with the first match beginning at 9:30 pm.
Where: Logan Square Auditorium (2539 N. Kedzie Ave.)
Cost: $15. Tickets are available in advance at or at the door. Half-priced CLLAWBUX are available with advance ticket purchase: $20 includes 10 CLLAWBUX, $25 includes 15 CLLAWBUX.

Let's collaborate! CWHC Internship Opportunities

Are you looking to learn more about counseling from a feminist relational perspective and incorporating the values of client self-determination and empowerment into your approach as a counseling student? Learn more about CWHC's 2017-2018 Counseling Internships here on our website.

Are you a second-year graduate student who cares about sexual health education? Do you have an interest in working with youth? Learn more about Outreach & Education Program Internships here online.

Do you want to build experience with fundraising systems, including grants and program evaluation?
Learn more about Development Internships here on our website.

Want to be part of building CWHC's communications across a variety of platforms? Learn more about Communications Internships here.

Menstrual Product Drive Success!

Thank you to those who donated pads and tampons in January! Access to menstrual care products is central to Reproductive Justice, and we want to support our partner schools’ students in caring for their bodies. CWHC Health Educators cannot wait to share all of these products with menstruating students at Gale Community Academy and Henderson Elementary, two of our CPS partner schools.

Address: 1025 W. Sunnyside
Chicago, IL 60640 (map)

Hours: Open daily,
9A - 4P, by appointment

Phone: 773.935.6126

Taller Salud Vaginal

Aprenda junto a nuestra Educadora en Salud a conocer y entender mejor el cuerpo y sus señales con una mirada feminista e integral.

En nuestro taller aprenderá de:
-Como monitorear señales del cuerpo
-Auto examinar la vagina y cérvix
-Como obtener mejor infomación para prevención y cuidado, inclusive para campartir con su proveedor de cuidado de salud

Los precios de talleres fluyen en escala de $100 a $25, según ingreso o capacidad de pago. Ninguna persona será rechazada a nuestros servicios por no poder pagar la cantidad total, o parcial.

El taller es basado en personas que tienen vulvas, vaginas, cérvix y/ó útero, pero todals las personas, cuerpos e identidades so bienvenidas.

Fecha: 23 de Febrero
Hora: 6:30-8pm
Dónde: CWHC

Para más información de como solicitar el taller para grupos, por favor, visita nuestro sito web o contacte a Jacoba Cruz-Rodríguez, Educadora de Salud, via correo electrónico o 787-671-4606.

Women and Children First's Activism Series Featuring CWHC

Chicago Women's Health Center will be taking part of Women and Children First's monthly Activism series on Wednesday, February 15th.

Women & Children First's Activism series showcases one to two different local social justice organizations each month. The organization will give a presentation detailing its mission, followed by a Q&A, and an action plan of how attendees can get involved to support the featured organization.

Join us on Wednesday, February 15th at Women and Children First from 7-8:30pm
to discuss what feminist health care and health education look like! Check out the Facebook event page for more information. 

Exclusive Preview Ticket Offer for Friends of CWHC

Steppenwolf Theatre Company invites CWHC and friends to a night at the theatre to see HIR by Taylor Mac.

Use code [CWHC] for exclusive pre-sale access to all dates and a special $25 preview offer for shows June 29 through July 7.

Learn about the show and buy tickets online at or call Audience Services at 312-335-1650. See you at the theatre!