This handbook is intended to help fill a need for a comprehensive general guide to staying healthy for women. It focuses on preventing, identifying, and managing common women's health concerns. Part 1 covers staying healthy, with sections on preserving health, self-esteem, managing stress, and using health care wisely. Part 2 contains information on specific problems such as addictions, cancer, menopause, sexually transmitted diseases, and violence. Part 3 provides guidance on protecting health through immunizations and screening tests. Part 4 contains a personal health checklist used for assessing one's health. Part 5 is a directory of general & specific information sources on women's health.
GVMHS pioneered an incredibly wide range of services containing culturally responsive care, focusing on recovery and rehabilitation as its basic principle. It includes initiatives in housing, developing the concurrent disorders of mental health and addiction services, and providing support and direction to related non-profit community agencies and consumer training and art organizations. During its 27 years of existence, GVMHS gained international recognition throughout the rest of Canada and United States, and particularly the Pacific Rim countries, where it became known as the 'Vancouver Model.' -- foreward by Dr Soma Ganesan