AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – UMass Amherst hosted its grand opening of its new Women’s Health Clinic on Tuesday. The idea to create the Women’s Health Clinic came from the high demand of faculty, staff, and college women looking for women’s health services.
These services such as OB/GYN exams and pregnancy counseling were always offered at the UMass University Health Services, but a team at the center wanted to provide these services in a separate space to make female students feel more comfortable.
Members of the clinic’s new team told 22News why having a Women’s Health Clinic is so important. According to Women’s Health Clinic Administrator Kathy Rhines, “Women come to the UMass Amherst campus from a variety of places with a variety of different understandings. We are very sensitive to that and we respect that.”
Director of UMass Health Services Linda Hoer said, “We have a need to provide it in a safe, respectful, environment, where there is a lot more support for all the needs of women.” The new clinic will also offer pap tests and counseling on birth control use.
The clinic’s team encourages all women on campus to feel free to drop by the new center at any time they need help.