How I Use It
"The Center for Young Women's Health web site along with its related blog (teenspeak.org) and Young Men's Health web site (www.youngmenshealthsite.org/) provides wonderful resources for health and human biology classes, school counselors and social workers, and for parents of teens. I suspect that teens are unlikely to come to the site unless they are either directed to it by an adult or have a particular issue that they are interested in and come to the it via a search engine. However, once there I suspect that many will be interested in learning more about their bodies and will likely browse a number of topics.
The information on the sites is outstanding. But there is no real way to know how visitors will understand and personalize it. Students will hopefully have an adult (parent, teacher, counselor, adult friend, or health care specialist) who can help them with any questions. Some students may avail themselves of the blog, but comments require an email address (not an unreasonable request) and may dissuade some from using that mechanism. Be that as it may, good information is far better than no information or misinformation, and these sites provide an extraordinary, free service to teens and adults alike."
"The Center for Young Women's Health is a web site sponsored by Children's Hospital of Boston aimed at teens and young women, and funded by the hospital and a number of charitable foundations and individual donors. Among the donors are several pharmaceutical companies.
A special section of the web site contains information for healthcare workers, teachers, and other adults who work with girls. The main page of this section appears to have last been updated in 2010, but some of the materials it links to are more recent.
But the main focus of the site is girls, not adults, and it is here that the website shows its strength. Health Guides, available in both English and Spanish versions, cover hundreds of health topics from Abnormal Pap Tests to Zinc. (More articles are available in English than in Spanish.)
A random sampling of several English articles assessed using the Flesch-Kincaid readability test revealed grade level scores ranging from grades 10-13, while a similar sampling of Spanish articles assessed using the Fenrandez-Huerta system produced scores ranging from 65 (normal) to 74 (fairly easy).
The site sponsors both in-person events (Boston) and online chats. Online chats are targets at girls ages 13-12 with endometriosis, Mayer Rokitnasky Kurter Hauser Syndrome (MRKH), and Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Girls must apply online to determine if they are eligible to join these sessions.
Boston Children's Hospital also sponsors a related blog at teenspeak.org, with ""Real Teens Responding to Real Issues."" Their ""contributors include ""contributors include youth advisors, mentors, health care providers and communications professionals who are active members of the Youth Advisory Program (Y.A.P.) and the Young Men’s Health Initiative at Boston Children’s Hospital. The Y.A.P., (part of the Center for Young Women’s Health) is comprised of high school and college students who have been trained to educate their peers about health issues."""