The ISHA project was developed jointly by the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland, the Jewish Agency for Israel, and the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute, with the aim of promoting women's health in Israel. The unique, multifaceted project, which was initiated in 2001, includes the development of a new program to foster women's lay leadership in the community. The goal was to train women to become active in their communities in the promotion of women's health. To achieve this goal, participants took part in a training course to provide them with information about women's health and the tools to develop and implement projects in the community. The program was implemented in two cycles and a total of 28 groups of women (approximately 500 women) underwent the training and became active in their communities in localities all over the country, with most of the groups (25) trained by the Israel Association of Community Centers (IACC) and several (3) trained by the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev's Center for Women's Health Studies and Promotion. The IACC also provided vital infrastructure for ongoing activity of the lay leaders in the community. The program was implemented in a broad range of communities from the north to the south and served the various major cultural groups including native Israelis, immigrants, Arabs, and Bedouins and different socioeconomic levels.
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Gross, Revital. Ashkenazi, Yael. Rosen, Bruce. Elroy, Irit. Project for the Advancement of Women's Health in Israel (ISHA) Evaluation of the Program to Develop Women's Lay Leadership -- Summary Report. Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute. 2008: