SWHR is involved with or monitors a number of issues that either directly or indirectly affects the health of all women. The following issues are all of fundamental importance to women’s health.
SWHR’s goal for the future of clinical trials is to guarantee the inclusion of women in all phases of clinical trials with sufficient representation to allow for analysis by sex, ethnicity and other demographics.
SWHR’s goal is for sex and gender differences to be integrated and recognized as an essential element of all research. Sex and gender differences are a field of research that seeks to uncover the biological and physiological differences between men and women. Scientists have long known of the anatomical differences between men and women, but only within the past decade have they begun to uncover significant biological and physiological differences between the sexes.
SWHR’s goal is to ensure increased funding for women’s health research and for funding to parallel increases for health agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Food and Drug Administration, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Further, SWHR supports the various women’s health related offices in NIH, FDA, CDC, AHRQ, Health Resources and Services Administration, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. SWHR believes they must be adequately funded to accomplish their goals.
SWHR has also been involved in advocacy for:
- Appropriate funding of the Food and Drug Administration to assure the American public of the safety of its food and drugs.
- Improved drug labeling requirements to ensure that drug labels include language about differences experienced by women and men.
- Ensuring that government and private health plans offer medical technology reimbursement for life-saving screening tools and laboratory tests
- Improving veterans’ health by supporting Veterans Administration women’s health research.
- New medical research involving stem cells that holds promise for the treatment of human disease and disability.