YWCA Health Services

YWCA Health Services is comprised of three distinct programs:

YWCA ENCOREplus

Fast Fact: Although the breast cancer diagnosis rate in our State is consistent with the rest of the USA, the survival rate in Louisiana is 50th in the country.  

YWCA ENCOREplus offers grassroots breast health education and awareness to uninsured and underserved women. The program is designed to reduce deaths due to breast cancer among high-risk, medically underserved women.  The program focuses on African American women aged 40 and older because of their disproportionately high death rate from these cancers, chiefly due to late detection; however, women of all races and ethnicities are served. 

Fast Fact:  According to 2010 CDC statistics Baton Rouge, Louisiana, ranked #1 in the nation in estimated new AIDS case rates per capita. 

RISE: (Reaching Impacting Strengthening & Empowering Women in the Fight Against HIV) educates citizens on appropriate lifestyle choices and sexual responsibility through community outreach, provides free HIV testing, saves lives through prevention and early detection, provides free supplies, and provides free pre-and post counseling to everyone we test.

Fast Fact:  Louisiana ranked 6th in the nation for the highest teen birth rate in 2011, as compared to 2008 when it ranked 8th.

SIHLE: (Sisters Informing Healing Living & Empowering) focuses on preventing the spread of HIV, other STDs and decreasing new teen pregnancies by providing a safe environment for group discussions, behavioral skills practice and role plays about sensitive topics such as abstinence, safe sex options, partner communication, media and social influence, gender and ethnic pride, etc.