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August 2022

Addressing Barriers to Care for Women with Autoimmune Diseases and Conditions

Hosted by SWHR

SWHR convened an interdisciplinary Autoimmune Policy Working Group to discuss policy needs and opportunities as they relate to women’s autoimmune and immune-mediated diseases and conditions across the lifespan. 

August 4, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm EDT

SWHR Alzheimer’s Disease Policy Roundtable: Breaking Down the Burden of Alzheimer’s Disease for Women

Hosted by SWHR

SWHR convened an interdisciplinary Alzheimer’s Disease Policy Working Group of policy experts, researchers, clinicians, and patient advocates for a closed, roundtable meeting in August 2022 to discuss policy needs and opportunities as they relate to improving health and quality of life outcomes in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias for women.

August 23, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm EDT

October 2022

Slaying the Monstrous Misconceptions about Postpartum Psychosis: A Roundtable Discussion

Hosted by Pospartum Support International

The PSI Postpartum Psychosis Taskforce presents a 90-minute roundtable webinar for media, clinicians, family members and the general public. Presented by advocates with lived expertise of postpartum psychosis and moderated by PSI Executive Director Wendy Davis, PhD, PMH-C. REGISTER

October 20, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

November 2022

Cancer Prevention through the HPV Vaccine: A Women’s Health Initiative

Hosted by SWHR

SWHR convened an interdisciplinary HPV Vaccine Education Working Group of public health researchers and professionals, community leaders, and health care providers to discuss how to eliminate barriers to HPV vaccine confidence, access, and uptake through the development of educational materials designed to reach women.

November 21, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

February 2023

The Impact of Menopause on Women’s Health: A Workplace Initiative

Hosted by SWHR

SWHR is convening an interdisciplinary Menopause Workplace Education Working Group of menopause and workplace wellness researchers and strategists, human resource professionals, advocacy leaders, and health care providers for a series of closed meetings throughout 2023.

February 22, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EST
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The Impact of Menopause on Women’s Health: A Workplace Initiative

Hosted by SWHR

SWHR is convening an interdisciplinary Menopause Workplace Education Working Group of menopause and workplace wellness researchers and strategists, human resource professionals, advocacy leaders, and health care providers for a series of closed meetings throughout 2023.

February 23, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
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March 2023

Workshop: Developing a Framework to Address Legal, Ethical, Regulatory, and Policy Issues for Research Specific to Pregnant and Lactating Persons

Hosted by National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Pregnant and lactating persons are frequently excluded from clinical research, and often have to make treatment decisions without an adequate understanding of the benefits and risks to themselves and their developing fetus or newborn baby. The Committee on Developing a Framework to Address Legal, Ethical, Regulatory, and Policy Issues for Research Specific to Pregnant and Lactating Persons will hold a public workshop on March 23 to discuss how institutions and organizations make risk-benefit decisions regarding the inclusion and exclusion of…

March 23, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm EDT

September 2023

Elucidating Endometriosis: Persistent Gaps in Research & Care

Hosted by SWHR

Endometriosis is a chronic gynecological disease that affects more than 200 million women worldwide. Endometrial lesions tend to form in the pelvic cavity outside of the uterus, causing pain in a woman’s pelvis and back, between periods, and with intercourse, as well as heavy menstrual bleeding and infertility. In fact, 30-50% of individuals with endometriosis experience infertility.  Although endometriosis can begin in adolescence and also affect postmenopausal women, it is most commonly diagnosed in a woman’s 30s or 40s. Endometriosis…

September 11, 2023 - September 12, 2023

Addressing Sex Differences in Heart Health and Access to Care Barriers that Impact Outcomes for Women: A Policy and Public Health Approach

Hosted by SWHR

SWHR's interdisciplinary Heart Health Policy Working Group of policy experts, researchers, clinicians, and patient advocates meet to discuss policy needs and opportunities as they relate to women’s heart health across the lifespan.

September 21, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm EDT

February 2024

Unveiling the Hidden Burden: Gender Disparities in Obesity Exposed

Hosted by SWHR

SWHR is convening an interdisciplinary Obesity Policy Working Group of health care providers, researchers, patients and patient advocates, and health care policy leaders for a closed, roundtable meeting in February 2024. During the roundtable, the Working Group will discuss the impact of obesity on women’s health, with an particular emphasis on the impact of obesity on cardiovascular disease, health care costs, and related health disparities. Following the roundtable, the Working Group will support SWHR in developing a call to action…

February 20 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm EST
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Program Objectives

  • Consider health care policies around obesity for women, based on the current state of the science, and how they may contribute to poor health outcomes, with particular emphasis on the impact of obesity on cardiovascular disease; stigma; higher cost of health care; increased health disparities; and gender inequity in access to treatment
  • Develop materials to expand education and raise awareness among policymakers about barriers to access and coverage and offer recommendations on patient-centered health care policies for women affected by obesity
  • Review the current obesity landscape, including the state of the science, misconceptions surrounding obesity, and barriers to policy progress

Working Group Participants

Lydia Alexander, MD, FOMA, Fellow and Diplomate, Obesity Medicine Association

Mila Becker, JD, Chief Policy Officer, Endocrine Society

Colleen Barbero, PhD, MPPA, Model Lead, Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP), Division of Health Care Delivery, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation

Eliza Chin, MD, Executive Director, American Medical Women’s Association

Catherine Ferguson, Vice President of Federal Advocacy, American Diabetes Association

Christine Gallagher, MPAff, Research Project Director, STOP Obesity Alliance, Milken Institute School of Public Health, The George Washington University

Millicent Gorham, PhD (Hon), MBA, FAAN, CEO, Alliance for Women’s Health and Prevention

Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, MD, MSc, MBA, Chair, Division of Preventive Cardiology; Professor of Medicine, Mayo Medical School

Kelsey Lang, MPP, Executive Director, US Health Policy and Reimbursement, Amgen

Martha Nolan, Senior Policy Advisor, HealthyWomen

Liz Paul, Obesity Action Coalition Board Member and Obesity Advocate

Margaret Rehayem, Vice President, National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions

Marilyn Ritholz, PhD, Senior Psychologist, Joslin Diabetes Center; Beth Israel Deaconess

Michelle Tedder, MSN, RN, Obesity Action Coalition Board Member and Obesity Advocate

Tracy Zvenyach, PhD, Director of Policy Strategy and Alliances, Obesity Action Coalition


Support for this educational program has been provided by Novo Nordisk, Inc. SWHR maintains independence and editorial control over program development, content, and work products.