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Introduction to an Integrated Approach (WISH, Module 1)

Length: 25 minutes
Description:This training provides an introduction to an integrated approach for women's health and wellness and covers some basic background and core principles. It is the first training in a six-part series designed for those public health and/or mental health professionals who oversee health programs and services for adolescent girls and women of reproductive age. It is strongly recommended that users complete the modules in the series in sequence. To see a complete listing for the series please go to the Training Series section of this site.

The Women's Integrated Systems for Health (WISH) Online Training Series focuses on key components of an integrated approach to promoting the health of women during late adolescence and throughout the child-bearing years. This training series arose from the need for practice-based tools that advance multi-disciplinary partnership, community engagement and using evidence-based approaches grounded in proven theoretical models.
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Women's Integrated Systems for Health (WISH) was a training grant funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau and the Bureau of Health Professions in the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in 2010-13 with a partnership between the NC Institute for Public Health and the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and the UNC Center for Maternal and Infant Health at the UNC School of Medicine. The project focused on promoting integrative community approaches to optimize mental and physical health among adolescents and women of reproductive age.

Learning Objectives

Training Personnel


WISH Project Team


Jessica Southwell, MPH

NCIPH Reviewer:

Rachel Wilfert, MD, MPH, CPH

Subject Matter Expert Reviewers:

Monique C. Bethell, Ph.D
CTG Health Disparities Coordinator
Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Section
NC Division of Public Health

Karen J. Luken, MSRA
Project Director
North Carolina Office on Disability and Health
Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC)

Connie Renz, MSW
Director, Horizons Program
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
UNC School of Medicine

Kathleen Rounds, MSW, MPH, PHD
Professor, Chair of Doctoral Program
UNC School of Social Work

The author(s) and reviewer(s) of this training have no personal financial relationships with commercial interests relevant to this presentation to disclose. Author, narrator, reviewer affiliations listed were current at the time of training development.

Competencies and Capability Functions Addressed

This training addresses selected applied epidemiology, core public health, and public health preparedness and response competencies and public health preparedness capability functions. (Please note: The competencies included on this site are just a few of the public health competencies which have been established. Training participants may find alignment between this training and other competency sets not included on this site.)


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