By Iris Stone
The following is a list of resources for women who are pursuing careers in healthcare administration, management, or a related field. You'll find links to organizations and associations, legal counsel, research opportunities, conferences, useful reading material, networking and social media sites, career search engines, internships, and scholarships and fellowships for women.
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Organizations and Associations
Healthcare Businesswomen's Association – an organization that focuses on networking, knowledge-sharing, educational programs, and the recognition of outstanding women.
Women in Healthcare Management – this organization offers events, job alerts, workshops, networking, and access to a comprehensive member directory.
Women in Health Administration of Southern California – WHA provides forums for professional growth and career development, creates opportunities for networking, raises awareness of health issues, mentors young women, and promotes the visibility of female healthcare professionals.
Women in Health Management – through a variety of programs, WHM members meet colleagues in health-related fields, discuss current issues, and share career development opportunities in the New York area.
Academy of Women's Health – this is an interdisciplinary, international association of health professionals who share research and evidence-based practices for the advancement of women's health.
Women Healthcare Executives – this is a dynamic community of healthcare executives in the Northern California area whose goals are to promote career advancement, increase professional and technical knowledge, provide a forum for networking, and promote the accomplishments of female executives in healthcare.
Women's Healthcare Executives Network of South Florida – WHEN hosts educational programs and networking events to educate women about healthcare management-related issues.
Executive Women in Healthcare – the women of EWHC work together to learn from one another about the healthcare industry, provide educational opportunities to the community, develop leadership skills, and help change the healthcare industry in Indiana.
Women Executives in Science and Healthcare – this organization works to change the face of healthcare leadership and promote the advancement of female executives in academic medicine, healthcare, and the sciences.
Women Business Leaders – a nonprofit organization of over 3,000 senior healthcare executives who gather to build relationships and have "honest conversations" about the industry.
Women's Healthcare Leadership Trust – this organization offers workshops, seminars, programs, and other educational offerings in the community to advance the healthcare careers of women.
Connecticut Women in Healthcare Management – associated with the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Connecticut Association of Healthcare Executives, CWHCM offers a variety of educational programs for working women covering topics like healthcare regulation, provider environment, and managed care.
National Women's Health Network – this is a network designed to give women a greater voice in the healthcare system by affecting policy and supporting consumer decision-making.
Women Executives in Healthcare – this organization is for healthcare professionals who want to connect in order to better understand the changing healthcare industry.
National Women's Law Center – this center conducts research, analysis, and advocacy efforts to advance women in a variety of areas and support their education, employment, and retirement.
Society for Women's Health Research – this society is a "thought leader" in research dedicated to transforming women's health through science, advocacy, and education.
National Center for Healthcare Leadership: Women in Healthcare Leadership Project – the goal of this project is to study healthcare careers in order to determine how to most effectively increase the number of women in executive roles.
Virginia Research and Development on Women's Health – this health research agenda is designed to inform healthcare policy and services related to women veterans, with a broad focus on biomedical, clinical, rehabilitation, and health services research.
BioConferences International: Women's Health – a networking event in Washington D.C. for clinicians, academics, researchers, policy makers, students, and fellows in the healthcare industry.
Women's Leadership Conference – the purpose of this conference is to inspire women to seek their highest level of personal and professional development through programming that covers such topics as financial management, stress management, career advancement, and community engagement.
Audio Conferences for Aspiring Women Healthcare Executives – a series of audio conferences in which female CEOs, healthcare experts, and other professionals share tips about how to succeed in the industry.
Women Leading Healthcare Annual Summit – this three day conference of "cross industry conversations" includes peer sessions and notable speakers.
Quality and Safety for Leaders in Women's Healthcare – this course is designed to give healthcare leaders in hospital departments, managed care settings, and private practice the performance improvement and management tools needed to meet the challenges of the industry.
Becker's Hospital Review: 10 Reads for Healthcare's Executive Women – read ten different articles and studies about the role of women in healthcare administration.
Six Awesome MHA Jobs in Healthcare Administration – discover different types of healthcare administration jobs for graduates with a master's degree.
A New Obstacle for Professional Women: The Glass Escalator – this article discusses the difference between men and women who try to climb the corporate ladder to upper-level management.
Building Diversity in Healthcare Administration: Women's Perspectives from the C-Suite – two female CEOs explain how their minority status has affected their experience in the healthcare industry.
Women CEO's in Healthcare: Did They Have Mentors? – one author interviewed 35 female CEOs of healthcare organizations to determine how important mentoring was to their success.
Blog of the National Center for Healthcare Leadership – this article details recommendations for how hospitals and health systems can support more women in leadership roles.
Networking and Social Media
LinkedIn: WHEN Chicago – this networking group supports the needs of the Women Health Executive Network in the Chicago area.
Executive Women's Networking Blog – this is a forum for female executives to share their opinions and experiences about networking, mentoring, business development, and lifework balance.
Women in Healthcare Jersey Shore Facebook Group – this Facebook group is for women in Monmouth and Ocean Counties who want to have a conversation about love, balance, and healing in healthcare.
LinkedIn: Professional Women in Healthcare – PWH is a growing group of businesswomen in healthcare, most of whom are currently working in the medical products arena.
LinkedIn: Boston Women in Healthcare Management – this Boston-based organization provides a forum for professional women to network, share information, and learn about new issues affecting the industry.
Healthcare Administration Jobs in the Navy – help manage a global healthcare network and gain valuable experience with a job in the nation's military.
Healthcare Administration Jobs from CareerBuilder – conveniently search for jobs based on keyword, location, and posting date.
Health-e-Careers Network Administration/Executive Jobs – search for jobs in the United States and Canada in categories like administrative/operations, executive/management, finance/accounting, and patient services.
Health Jobs Start Here – answer questions to find the perfect job match and search for training opportunities, volunteer experiences, and internships.
Health Jobs Nationwide – upload a resume or browse jobs in categories such as advanced practice, therapy, IT, healthcare management, and medical billing.
Health Career Web – search thousands of jobs in administration and support, get useful information from the article and blog pages, and follow Health Career Web on Twitter.
Women's Health Internship Opportunities – the Office of Women in Medicine and Science coordinates women's health internships with the Wake Forest School of Medicine for students who are looking for research opportunities or healthcare experience.
Health Career Connection Internships – HCC matches students with full-time, 10-week internships in a variety of health organizations and also hosts workshops and networking events.
InternMatch: Healthcare Internships – InternMatch allows users to search for openings or create a professional profile to attract relevant employers.
World Endeavors Healthcare Internships Abroad – World Endeavors matches students with international internship opportunities in clinical care, research, and administrative work.
Scholarships and Fellowships
Lynn Adamson Memorial Scholarship – this scholarship is for female graduate students who are pursuing health-related careers at a university in the San Francisco Bay area.
WHCE Undergraduate Scholarship – this $2,500 scholarship is for third-year undergraduate students who are pursuing health-related careers.
Lynne O'Day Scholarship – this scholarship is for female students at Marian University in Indianapolis who plan to pursue a career in healthcare leadership.
Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship Fund – these $1,000-$7,000 scholarships are for female undergraduate or graduate students who are pursing degrees in business or management, and awards can be used for tuition, books, or living expenses.
American Association of University Women International Fellowships – these fellowships are for women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents to complete research or full-time postgrad study at an accredited U.S. institution.
American Association of University Women American Fellowships – these fellowships include funding for female students who are working on their dissertation, conducting independent research in pursuit of a tenure-track faculty position, or preparing research for publication.
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About the Author
Iris Stone has worked as a freelance writer since 2011. Her writing has included content on medicine, healthcare, and education, although her interests are wide and varied. Prior to breaking into the freelance biz, Iris worked in sales for a health company and prior to that as an assistant in a chiropractic office. She is currently attending George Mason University and is majoring in Political Science. Check out her Google+ profile.