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Girls' Health in Girls' Hands


GHGHSummitGirls’ Health in Girls’ Hands (GHGH) is an initiative of the Women’s Fund that aims to give girls in Monterey County a voice in shaping their future and an agenda for change. GHGH began in 2009 as a girl-led action research project to identify health information, support and services needed by pre-teen and teen girls in Monterey County. They presented their action plan recommendations to key decision-makers countywide

Empowering Girls

GHGH Multi-agency Collaboration

GHGHSummitWith initial support and assistance from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Claire Giannini Fund, The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation, the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation, Women's Fund donors and many other community partners, a multi-agency collaborative was formed in 2012 to work together over the next three years (and beyond) to actualize the girls’ vision.

The collaborative is comprised of six organizations that are delivering high-quality girl programming. Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County, Girls Inc. of the Central Coast, Monterey County Health Department, Monterey County Rape Crisis Center, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte and the YWCA Monterey County are working together with the Women’s Fund to enhance programs and collaborate for greater impact. Each partner agency has enhanced their girl programming to include health education, leadership training, leadership activities, and research and advocacy.

The goal is for hundreds of girls from throughout Monterey County to not only have access to more comprehensive and integrated health information, but also to develop powerful leadership skills and help to influence positive changes at their schools and in their communities.


  • 6-agency collaborative created for 3-year initiative
  • More than 600 girls participating in partner agency leadership programs
  • 22 sites enhancing girl programming across the county
  • GHGH summits bring girls together for advocacy, capacity building and collaboration
  • Integrated evaluation with Monterey County Health Department measures changes in girls, partner organizations and policy
  • More than $800,000 invested

For more inGHGH_logoformation on the Girls' Health in Girls' Hands initiative, please contact Program Officer, Lynn Bentaleb at 831.375.9712 x111 or GHGH Program Manager Eva Holt Rusmore at 831.754.4880 x 140.

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GHGH in the News

GHGHMediaGirls Offered a Hand - Californian 4/28/14
Post-A-Smile KION TV 4/12/14
Girls’ Health in Girls’ Hands KSBW 3/1/14
Californian 12/4/12 Grant aims to Empower Girls on Health Issues
Herald 12/1/12 GHGH Project Promotes Physical Emotional Health
Monterey County Weekly 11/21/12 Girl Power
GHGH Voices of Change Summit Photos 11/17/12

Connect with GHGH:  www.ghghmonterey.org

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