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Women's Health Policy Issues

Decisions made by policymakers directly affects your health. That is why HealthyWomen provides objective information and resources – directly and with partner organizations – to policymakers. To guide...

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Policy Statements

November 15, 2023HealthyWomen’s Statement on the White House Initiative on Women’s Health Research Announcement May 15, 2023 HealthyWomen's letter of support on the essential importance of HPV...

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Can Living in the U.S. Increase Your Risk of Preterm Birth?

If you’re a woman giving birth in the United States, you’re more likely to have a preterm delivery than women in most developed nations. If you’re Black or Native American, the chances of experiencing...

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Why Diversity in Clinical Trials Is Important

By harming people of color and women more than other groups, the Covid-19 pandemic exposed a cruel reality: Factors such as gender, race and income can greatly affect access to healthcare, rates of...

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In an Aging America, Osteoporosis Is a Looming Public Health Crisis

This op-ed originally appeared in The Hill on October 20, 2022. To learn more about how you can raise awareness about the importance of DXA scans for all women, visit our YesYouScan page. America has...

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November Policy Roundup

1. In a new op-ed, HealthyWomen’s senior policy advisor advocates for the military to better address the healthcare needs of servicewomenIn a new opinion piece published this month in the Hill,...

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Why Aren’t Pregnant Women Getting Vaccinated?

There’s a lot of evidence that vaccines are safe and effective for pregnant women. Yet many of them still aren’t getting essential vaccines during their pregnancies. These vaccines can protect mothers...

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What Do Doctors Do? A List of 10 Common Medical Specialties

When you need basic healthcare services, you can usually start with your primary care provider (PCP). PCPs give you regular checkups, recommended vaccinations and provide care when you’re not feeling...

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October Policy Roundup

1. HealthyWomen marked World Osteoporosis Day with a new op-ed in The HillOctober 20, 2022, was World Osteoporosis Day. HealthyWomen marked the occasion with a new op-ed in The Hill by Senior Policy...

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What Can Your Pharmacist Do for You?

It’s never been easier to fill a prescription: You can get medications through any number of online pharmacies and telemedicine sites. And discount cards and coupons are easy to find. But what you...

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December Policy Roundup

1. Congress leaves the 2023 spending bill to the last minuteIn late December, the United States Congress was negotiating a spending bill to fund the federal government through September 30, 2023,...

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Overall Preterm Birth Rates in the United States Increased Last Year — And...

+ Infographic text Preterm or premature birth means childbirth before the 37th week of pregnancy. 10.5% of babies in the U.S. are born preterm. Around 384,000 babies were born preterm in 2021 The...

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Navigating Adult Vaccines: How They Impact Our Health and Economy

HealthyWomen, in cooperation with U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick and U.S. Rep. Kim Schrier, M.D., invite you to attend a discussion with policymakers and healthcare leaders on the importance of adult...

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New Survey, New Insight

At HealthyWomen, we pride ourselves on providing expert health information you can trust. We also strive to listen and take note of the important issues and valuable information you share with us.In...

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January Policy Roundup

1. HealthyWomen celebrates Women’s Health Research DayOn January 25, 2023, the Friends of the Office of Research on Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health hosted a congressional reception...

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February Policy Roundup

1. Navigating adult vaccines for individual, community and economic benefitsThis month, HealthyWomen’s Senior Policy Advisor Martha Nolan held a congressional educational policy briefing about...

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The Covid-19 Public Health Emergency Is Ending Soon

At the first hint of a sore throat or sniffle, my instinct is to reach for a rapid Covid-19 test, especially if I’m going to be around other people. It helps that I have a large stash of free Covid...

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March Policy Roundup

1. A new op-ed highlights HealthyWomen’s survey of midlife womenIn March 2023, The Hill published an op-ed highlighting research HealthyWomen conducted with midlife women about their health and...

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Taking Control: Our Recent Survey Says Women Want Regular Periods, No...

Birth control has come a long way, baby. Today, millions of women in the United States rely on contraceptives for many reasons, such as regulating periods, preventing pregnancy and improving health...

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April Policy Roundup

1. HealthyWomen celebrated Earth Day with a call for stricter air quality regulations to improve health equity Earth Day was April 22, 2023, and in honor of it, HealthyWomen’s senior policy advisor...

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