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ARHP Welcomes RHI Programs

Integration will broaden reach to medical schools

For Immediate Release
April 25,  2005

Contact: Ann McCall
Phone: (202) 466-3825
Web site:

WASHINGTON, DC (April 25, 2005) The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) is pleased to announce the integration of the Reproductive Health Initiative (RHI) programs into its work and mission.  RHI programs, formerly housed at the American Medical Women's Association (AMWA), will now be managed by ARHP. This transition provides a platform for the next stage of growth for these key programs, including an extended reach to medical schools. Because of ARHP’s multi-disciplinary membership and audience, the programs will also be expanded to reach advanced practice clinicians, researchers, educators, students, residents, fellows, pharmacists, policymakers, and the media.

“ARHP is committed to maintaining the high quality of RHI programs established by Susan Eisendrath and the American Medical Women’s Association,” said Wayne C. Shields, ARHP president & CEO.

“AMWA is proud of our role in promoting and supporting RHI for more than ten years,” said Linda D. Hallman, executive director of AMWA.  "During those years, RHI staffing and outreach expanded significantly.  AMWA has made a strategic decision to focus on the full range of women’s health issues and we are delighted that ARHP will 'adopt' RHI to strengthen the program," she added.

“RHI has developed excellent educational resources and programs for improving reproductive health care,” said Susan Eisendrath, former RHI director and current ARHP consultant. “ARHP provides a strong base for increasing the reach and impact of RHI’s programs.”

AMWA: the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) is an organization of 10,000 multi-specialty women physicians and medical students dedicated to serving as the unique voice for women's health and the advancement of women in medicine. Founded in 1915, AMWA works to empower women to lead in improving health for all within a model that reflects the unique perspective of women, and functions at the local, national, and international level, by providing and developing leadership, advocacy, education, expertise, mentoring, and strategic alliances. To learn more about AMWA, visit:


The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) is the leading source for trusted medical education and information on reproductive and sexual health. ARHP educates health care providers, informs consumers, and helps shape public policy. ARHP is a non-profit membership association composed of highly qualified and committed experts in reproductive health. ARHP members are health professionals in clinical practice, education, research, and advocacy and they include physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurse midwives, researchers, educators, pharmacists, and other professionals in reproductive health. To learn more, visit: