Center for Young Women's Health (CYWH)






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.


333 Longwood Avenue, 5th floor
Boston, MA 02115
United States
Key Partners: 

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.

Key Programs Offered: 

Carefully researched health information at Special health education programs & conferences by and for teens at the Center for Young Women's Health Links to information about the expert medical care available at Children's Hospital Boston

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 Dana King builds new features for CYWH's website. She is experienced in building informational websites, and believes that educational materials should be easy to find on the web so that we can spend our time reading, interacting, and learning together. Our youth advisors, Erica, Kayla, and Kerrin 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 Children's Hospital Boston. Currently the CYWH is able to continue its day-to-day operations, including maintaining, through the generosity of the League and our ongoing supporters.