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Create a Gynecologic Care Center for Women with Disabilities

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Why Create a Care Center for Women with Disabilities?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 27 million women in the United States have a disability. Too often, these women face overwhelming barriers to basic gynecologic and preventive health care.

Women with disabilities are far less likely to receive the recommended screening tests and regular preventive care due to inaccessible medical facilities and equipment.

Common barriers include:

  • Inaccessible exam rooms (doors too narrow or space too small)
  • Examining tables that are too high
  • Mammogram equipment that requires patients to stand

Additionally, many gynecologists feel ill-prepared to address the complex needs faced by women with such disabilities as spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, stroke, and other conditions.

Magee Serves as a National Model

UPMC and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC have been leaders in providing access to preventive health care services to women with disabilities.

As one of the first in the nation — and currently one of only a handful of facilities nationwide — to offer specialized gynecologic and breast care to women with disabilities, our center now serves as a national model. Each year, hundreds of women receive care at the clinic.

How We Can Help You Create a Center

In recognition of the urgent need to provide women with disabilities improved access to screening and treatment, UPMC is offering pro bono consulting services to:

  • Hospitals and medical centers
  • Clinics
  • Community organizations
  • Disability advocate groups

Consultation services will be provided by Stephen Corey, MD, director of the center. Dr. Corey is a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology and is a faculty clinician at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Science.

Available consulting services

As a nonprofit program, we are dedicated to helping establish accessible specialty clinics serving women with disabilities.

We are available to provide phone, email, or in-person consults to help identify, plan, and develop:

  • Staffing and training
  • Equipment needs
  • Budget planning
  • Funding sources
  • Clinic configuration
  • Day-to-day operations
  • Services are provided as a public service to health care organizations and groups serving people with disabilities. Reimbursement of our travel-related expenses, if needed, is the only cost.

    What Our Colleagues Say

    A"s an internist who sees many patients with physical and intellectual disabilities, I am so grateful to have this clinic. It is a testimony to UPMC and Magee’s commitment to caring for people with special needs.

    It provides vital services that otherwise would never happen. It is fantastic for our patients who haven’t had access to a facility such as this in the past, to now be able to get basic standard gynecologic care such as pap smears, pelvic ultrasounds, bone density testing and mammograms."

    Peter Bulova, MD
    Director, University of Pittsburgh Adult Down Syndrome Center

    “The Women with Disabilities Clinic at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC is a real gem in the community. It is an outstanding model of patient-centered care ensuring women of all abilities receive accessible care with dignity and respect.”

    Mary Ann Sander, MHA, MBA, NHA
    Vice President, Aging and Disability Services
    UPMC Community Provider Services