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Details: Health Information for African-American Women: 7 Diseases That Affect Your Health, and What You Can Do (PDF - 1.5MB) African-American women have a shorter life expectancy and higher rates of undetected diseases, illness, and chronic conditions than other groups. As an African-American woman, find out what you can do to improve your health.

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What Does the Future of Research for the Health of Women

Details: Over the past year, the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) has coordinated the development of a new 5-year plan that will set an updated agenda for expanding research on the health of women. Titled Advancing Science for the Health of Women: The 2019–2023 Trans-NIH Strategic Plan for Women’s Health Research, the plan was developed with the support and collaboration of …

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Department of Health and Human Services Sets Public Health

Details: The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently released Healthy People 2030, a plan that sets data-driven objectives for addressing the Nation’s most critical public health priorities.Every 10 years, ODPHP publishes a framework of goals and objectives for preventing disease and promoting the health of all Americans.

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Women's Health Research

Details: Women’s health research and efforts to advance the careers of women in biomedicine are being performed across the NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices, as well as in other agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the private sector.

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Advancing NIH Research on the Health of Women: A 2021

Details: Maternal morbidity and mortality is a public health crisis in the United States, with an estimated 6 in 10 maternal deaths being preventable. During 2011–2015, the United States had nearly twice the live birth maternal mortality rate as peer countries, such as Canada and the United Kingdom.

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E-Learning Office of Research on Women's Health

Details: Understanding and accounting for sex and gender influences on health are key steps toward improving outcomes for all patients—regardless of sex or gender. Introduction: Sex- and Gender-Related Differences in Health is a self-paced introductory training aimed at researchers, clinicians, and policymakers. The course presents material on

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Career Development & Interprofessional Education Office

Details: Advancing Science for the Health of Women requires a well-trained, diverse, and robust workforce, which is the engine of scientific progress. Building interdisciplinary research careers in women’s health and training scientists, clinicians, and other health professionals on sex and gender influences in health and disease will accelerate the translation of knowledge into improved health care

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ORWH Joins HHS Office on Women’s Health in Observing

Details: Throughout the week of October 11–17, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health will introduce National Women’s Blood Pressure Awareness Week to increase awareness of blood pressure control for women of reproductive age.ORWH joins OWH and the health community as a whole in drawing special attention to the benefits of tracking and managing blood …

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Toward an Improved Vision for Maternal Health and

Details: Mental Health Affects Maternal Health Mental health is one of many contributing factors to MM and SMM being addressed by IMPROVE. This is an often neglected but important part of maternal health, especially because pregnancy is a time of increased mental health vulnerability for some women.

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Funded Programs and Principal Investigators Office of

Details: Created by the Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH), the Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH, pronounced "birch") is a mentored career-development program designed to connect junior faculty, known as BIRCWH Scholars, to senior faculty with shared interest in women's health and sex differences research.

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Welcome Office of Research on Women's Health

Details: The MMM web portal provides trustworthy, science-based information on healthy pregnancy, delivery, and post-pregnancy for scientists, researchers, consumers, and advocates. Because preconception health, healthy pregnancy and delivery, and health across the life course are integrally linked, we hope to help women find information they can use to

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Women, Science, and the Impact of COVID-19 Office of

Details: Mental Health. The pandemic has widened the stress-level gap between men and women, with women being more likely to report worry or stress related to the coronavirus. A preliminary study by Abi Adams-Prassl, D.Phil., and colleagues 19 assessed the mental health effects of the pandemic and associated stay-at-home orders in the United States. The

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Black Maternal Health: Amplify the Conversation and Act

Details: Black Maternal Health Week (April 11–17) helps keep this heartbreaking health disparity front and center, where it belongs. When our sisters, mothers, daughters, friends, and co-workers are in danger, we need to do more. We all need to elevate and amplify the national conversation to raise awareness, spur action, and take steps to address

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A New Home for Maternal Health Research Information

Details: The Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) has created the Maternal Morbidity and Mortality (MMM) web portal. Launched during the 4th Annual NIH Vivian W. Pinn Symposium on May 15, 2019, the MMM web portal will serve as a go-to website that women can rely on for trustworthy, science-based information on healthy pregnancy, delivery, and peripartum and postpartum experiences.

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A Roadmap to Improve Maternal Health in the United States

Details: A recent special issue of the Journal of Women’s Health—spearheaded by my colleague Samia Noursi, Ph.D., NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) Associate Director for Science Policy, Planning, and Analysis—takes an in-depth look at this public health crisis and proposes a new research agenda.

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ORWH 30th Anniversary

Details: ORWH 30th Anniversary Advancing the Health of Women Through Science In 2020, ORWH commemorated 30 years of supporting women's health research within and beyond the NIH scientific community. This milestone anniversary year included many engaging activities highlighting the progress made in women's health research, understanding the possible influences of sex and gender on …

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Ending Structural Racism

Details: This discrimination has extended to sexual and gender minorities. Structural racism has resulted in persistent health disparities, poor health status, and premature mortality as demonstrated by the current disproportionate burden of morbidity and mortality from COVID-19. Within the biomedical research enterprise, structural and institutional

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ORWH Hosts Webinar on Social Determinants of Health and

Details: Women’s health research and efforts to advance the careers of women in biomedicine are being performed across the NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices, as well as in other agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the private sector.

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Understudied, Underrepresented, and Underreported (U3

Details: Women’s health research and efforts to advance the careers of women in biomedicine are being performed across the NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices, as well as in other agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the private sector.

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Women of Color Health Information Collection Office of

Details: The Women of Color Health Information Collection presents data on race/ethnicity and disease. Through data, clues about how culture, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic background, and geographic location contribute to the health status of women of color can be identified. In order to explore sex differences, scientists need data about the similarities and differences between women and men in

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What Is Women's Health Research

Details: A person's health is influenced throughout their lifespan by many factors. Some of the most important factors include sex, gender, racial ethnicity, culture, environment, and socioeconomic status. Researchers are discovering the critical roles that sex (being male or female) and gender identity (including social and cultural factors) play in health, wellness, and disease progression.

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NIH Announces New Supplemental Funding Supporting Research

Details: Women’s health research and efforts to advance the careers of women in biomedicine are being performed across the NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices, as well as in other agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the private sector.

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Advancing NIH Research on the Health of Women: A 2021

Details: In response to a congressional request to address NIH efforts related to women’s health research, the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH), in conjunction with the Advisory Committee on Research on Women’s Health (ACRWH), will be hosting “Advancing NIH Research on the Health of Women: A 2021 Conference.”The key topics to be discussed, as identified by Congress, are (1

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The Office of Research on Women’s Health: A History of

Details: The Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) was the first Public Health Service office dedicated specifically to promoting women’s health. ORWH was established on September 10, 1990, by then–Acting Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) William F. Raub, Ph.D., in response to concerns about the lack of the inclusion of appropriate numbers of women in clinical research.

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Journal of Women’s Health Special Issue Discusses Maternal

Details: Maternal Health Disparities in U.S. Subpopulations. Several JWH articles discuss how many U.S. subpopulations—including underserved racial and ethnic groups, transgender individuals, 2 and women of advanced maternal age 3 —have higher rates of MMM as a result of socioeconomic disadvantages,

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Maternal Health Across NIH

Details: Maternal Health Across NIH. Institutes, Centers, and Offices across NIH have addressed maternal morbidity and mortality over the years. Below are highlights from their current work in these areas. Some of this content was presented at the NIH Vivian W. Pinn Symposium in 2019.

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New NIH Funding Opportunities Support Research on Women’s

Details: NIH recently released three notices of special interest announcing funding opportunities supporting research on improving women’s health and maternal health, preventing maternal morbidity and mortality, developing new maternal health technologies, and understanding and addressing the impact of COVID-19 on maternal health.

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Ongoing Studies and Publications

Details: The many Institutes, Offices, and Centers across NIH have produced a wealth of knowledge through research and scholarly articles published on the topics of maternal morbidity and mortality and the current and future health of mothers. Through the PubMed library, ORWH has put together an exhaustive list of the most mission-critical research and articles focusing on protecting the health of mothers.

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Clinical Research and Trials

Details: A clinical trial is a research study in which one or more human subjects are prospectively assigned to one or more interventions (which may include placebo or other control) to evaluate the effects of those interventions on health-related biomedical or behavioral outcomes. A Phase III clinical trial is a study to determine efficacy of the

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Research on Causal Factors and Interventions that Promote

Details: In 2007, in response to the National Academies Report, "Beyond Bias and Barriers, Fulfilling the Potential of Women in Academic Science and Engineering," NIH established the NIH Working Group on Women in Biomedical Careers. Co-chaired by NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins and the Director of the Office of Research on Women's Health, Dr. Janine Clayton, the focus of the working group is to assess

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Social Determinants of Health: Like Water to a Fish

Details: Factors that contribute to health, health care, and overall health and life expectancy are spatially patterned by ZIP code and Census tract in the United States. 19 Another, more specific factor related to ZIP code and Census tract—residential racial isolation of Black people—is a particularly strong predictor of a wide range of negative

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Sleep’s an Important Part of the Health Equation—Now More

Details: Sleep’s an Important Part of the Health Equation—Now More than Ever By Dr. Janine A. Clayton Here’s a wake-up call: Did you know that adults need about 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night for good physical and mental health? 1 One-third of adults sleep less than that. And although a roughly equal proportion of men and women don’t get enough sleep, women report more sleep-related problems

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THE SURGEON GENERAL’S CALL TO ACTION

Details: Optimizing maternal health is an important public health goal for the United States and is crucial to the well-being of future generations.1,2 The urgency of this goal is even more apparent during challenging times, such as the current pandemic which has highlighted striking health disparities in our nation. Maternal health is the health

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Polycystic Ovary/Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

Details: should be considered when evaluating the mental health of women. 2. Depression. The prevalence and risk of depression and depressive disorders in women with PCOS are 40–64%, significantly higher than in women without PCOS.33,34 Women with PCOS are four times more likely to be at risk for depression compared with women without PCOS.35 f.

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NIH Announces New Funding Opportunities for Researching

Details: Women’s health research and efforts to advance the careers of women in biomedicine are being performed across the NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices, as well as in other agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the private sector.

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Specialized Centers of Research Excellence on Sex

Details: The Specialized Centers of Research Excellence (SCORE) on Sex Differences program is a signature program of the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH). Each SCORE program serves as a national resource for translational research, at multiple levels of analysis, to identify the role of biological sex differences on the health of women.

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NIH Releases Strategic Plan for COVID-19 Research Office

Details: Maternal Health. The strategic plan articulates how NIH will examine and address COVID-19 as it relates to maternal health and pregnancy outcomes. Ongoing and future studies will include consideration of COVID-19 and maternal morbidity, pregnancy-related alterations to the immune system, preterm birth, infant health, prenatal and postnatal care

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NIH Seeks Public Comments to Help Identify Gaps in Women’s

Details: Women’s health research and efforts to advance the careers of women in biomedicine are being performed across the NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices, as well as in other agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the private sector.

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W Cardiovascular Disease

Details: Women’s health issues have gained increased attention since the Office of Research on Women’s Health was established two decades ago. Federal offices, programs, legislation, and policies have been created to encourage study of women’s health issues and to promote

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NIH Announces Supplemental Funding Opportunity for

Details: Women’s health research and efforts to advance the careers of women in biomedicine are being performed across the NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices, as well as in other agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the private sector.

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Guest Blog—COVID-19 and Women’s Health Office of

Details: In addition, women typically are more health-conscious, including about COVID-19, according to one recent survey. 18 Compared with women, men were less likely to know how COVID-19 is spread or that symptoms include cough, fever, and shortness of breath. Importantly, men were more likely to report behaviors that increase risk for COVID-19.

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ORWH Hosted a Maternal Health Twitter Chat Office of

Details: To mark the publication of a special issue of the Journal of Women’s Health focused on the problem of maternal morbidity and mortality in the United States, on February 24, 2021, ORWH hosted a Twitter chat on issues related to maternal and obstetric health and safety.

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Director's Messages

Details: Women’s health research and efforts to advance the careers of women in biomedicine are being performed across the NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices, as well as in other agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the private sector.

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SABV Primer Supplement Office of Research on Women's Health

Details: Women’s health research and efforts to advance the careers of women in biomedicine are being performed across the NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices, as well as in other agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the private sector.

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WOMEN’S HEALTH In Focus

Details: To subscribe to future issues of Women’s Health in Focus at NIH, click here or visit us on the web at nih.gov/women. 1 • Phone: 301-402-1770 Facebook: @NIHORWH WOMEN’S HEALTH In Focus AT NIH A Quarterly Publication of the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health

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