Posted by on December 10, 2010 - 4:41pm

10-Year State-by-State Report Card in Women’s Health

  • Good: Less Cigarette Smoking, More Colorectal Cancer Screening

  • Bad: Fewer Pap Tests, More Chlamydia, More Binge Drinking

The United States has failed to meet most goals for women’s health — largely federal objectives drawn from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthy People 2010 agenda — according to a report released today on the status of women’s health by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU).

Overall, the nation is so far from meeting the Healthy People and related goals that it receives a general grade of “Unsatisfactory.” Of the 26 health indicators that were graded, the country received a “Satisfactory” grade in only three and received a failing grade in half.

Released today, the 2010 edition of Making the Grade on Women’s Health: A National and State-by-State Report Card, is the fifth in a series of reports since 2000. It grades and ranks each state based on 26 health status benchmarks and also identifies whether states have met 68 health policy goals. NWLC and OHSU developed the report as a resource for advocates, policymakers, and health experts to assess women’s health at the federal and state levels. The Report Card provides comprehensive data for researchers to analyze changes in women’s health and well-being. This edition of the Report Card includes an analysis of the current status of women’s health, a 10-year look back at progress and setbacks, and a comparison to women’s health status in 2007, when the Report Card was last published.

To view the report state by state, click HERE.

The National Women's Law Center is a nonprofit organization that has been working since 1972 to expand opportunities and eliminate barriers for women and their families, with a major emphasis on women’s health, education and employment opportunities, and family economic security.

The Oregon Health & Science University Center for Women’s Health aims to advance and integrate all aspects and modes of health care for women in every stage of life and across the full spectrum of circumstances within the context of research, education, clinical models, health care policy, community action and key partnerships.

Source:   Oregon Health & Science University News Center  12/09/2010

Posted by on October 8, 2010 - 10:20am

On September 27, 2010, the federal Office on Research on Women's Health (ORWH) celebrated it's 20th Anniversary at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.    Several of the former or current Congressional representatives who created the legislation to establish the ORWH were present to hear a summary of the progress made in the last 20 years.   In addition, the Vision for 2020 for Women's Health was presented by Dr. Vivian Pinn, the Associate Director for Research on Women's Health.     This Vision was a compilation of a two year strategic planning process that included 5 regional meetings held across the country including one held at Northwestern University, home of the Institute for Women's Health Research.  These meeting involved more than 1500 scientists, advocates, public policy experts, health providers and elected officials.  It included published testimony from hundreds of consumers.

The six goals for the future included in the strategic plan are:

1.  Increase sex difference research in basic science studies.

2. Incorporate findings of sex/gender differences in the design and application of new technologies, medical devices, and therapeutic drugs.

3. Actualize personalized prevention, diagnostics, and therapeutics for girls and women.

4. Create strategic alliances and partnerships to maximize the domestic and global impact of women's health research.

5. Develop and implement new communication and social networking technologies to increase understanding and appreciation of women's health and wellness research.

6. Employ innovative strategies to build a well-trained, diverse, and vigorous women's health research workforce.

Each of these goals has a list of specific action objectives.  The complete strategic plan can be reviewed by viewing ORWH_Strategic-Plan_Vol_1_508

To view the 20th Anniversary webcast click here.