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About the Center for Young Women's Health

The Center for Young Women’s Health (CYWH) is a collaboration between the Division of Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine and the Division of Gynecology at Children’s Hospital Boston. The Center is an educational entity that exists to provide teen girls and young women with:

The Center was founded in 1998 by Dr. S. Jean Emans, Chief of Adolescent Medicine, Dr. Marc R. Laufer, Chief of Gynecology, and Phaedra Thomas, RN, BSN. This core trio saw an urgent need for education, clinical care, research, and health care advocacy for teen girls and young women. When the CYWH was founded, it was the first of its kind in the world, bringing together the highest quality health services and health information for our teen patients.

Drs. Emans and Laufer, the CYWH’s Co-Directors, have both earned national and international recognition for their expertise, commitment, and accomplishments in the area of young women's health. Phaedra Thomas, the CYWH’s Coordinator, is a nurse with extensive experience in young women's health and program development. She has developed many of our online health guides and curricula. Our resident designer, Amanda Kohn, is devoted to imparting essential health information to our readers, through clear, accurate, and beautiful design. Our web developer, Brian Keller, builds new features for CYWH's website. He is experienced in educational and nonprofit web development, and is dedicated to using the modern web as an essential tool to help and educate people everywhere. Our youth advisors are dedicated to bringing accessible health information to teens in our community.

The Center for Young Women's Health was initially funded by a grant from the Children's Hospital League, an organization of more than five hundred volunteers who serve as ambassadors and fundraisers for the world-reknowned Boston Children's Hospital. Currently the CYWH is able to continue its day-to-day operations, including maintaining, through the generosity of the League and our ongoing supporters. The website does not accept any form of paid advertising and our sponsors do not influence the content of the health guides, except to require that the information is educational and informed by quality research.

The mission of our website,, is to help teen girls, their parents, teachers, and health care providers improve their understanding of normal health and development, as well as of specific diseases and conditions. We want to empower teen girls and young women around the world to take an active role in their own health care. We invite you to explore our website to find health resources for teens, parents, and healthcare professionals, and to learn more about our special youth programs, medical services, and research projects.

Updated: 09/26/2012


Our Programs, Services and Resources

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Health Guides for Teens

Parents' Health Guides

Resources & Curricula for Healthcare Professionals and Educators


TeenSpeak Blog

Programs for Teens & Young Women

Youth Advisory Program & Community Outreach

Online Health Chats - Support for teens with chronic medical conditions

Annual MRKH Conference for Patients, Family Members, & Friends

Living with Endometriosis, An Annual Conference for Teens & Families

Booking It - Free Books for Teens - A Program to Improve Literacy Among Adolescents

Gallery @ 333: Artwork by Teens, for Teens

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The Children's Hospital League's Resource Center


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Center for Congenital Anomalies of the Reproductive Tract


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