The most common, most underdiagnosed, and most undertreated pregnancy-related complication in the United States is perinatal depression — depression that occurs during pregnancy or within the first year after delivery. An estimated 10 to 20 percent of new mothers experience perinatal depression (a more inclusive term than postpartum depression), with half of these women going undiagnosed and untreated.
The Society for Women’s Health Research has hired Sherie Lou Z. Santos, MPH, as director of science policy. In this role, Santos will envision, direct, and implement creative science programs and policy activities designed to improve women’s experiences in health care, as well as provide strategic insight on scientific policy challenges and opportunities for engagement.
Santos previously worked as an American Public Health Association congressional policy fellow for Sen. Patty Murray on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Santos served as key staff on legislative negotiations, as well as advised Sen. Murray, ranking member of the committee, on Food and Drug Administration-related drug pricing and public health policies.
Prior to her fellowship, Santos was a program manager at the University of Maryland for Project HEAL (Health through Early Awareness and Learning), a five-year National Cancer Institute-funded program seeking to identify the best way to implement evidence-based strategies to increase cancer screening.
Santos is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) and earned her dual MPH at the Loma Linda University with concentrations in health promotion and education and maternal and child health. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from George Washington University. Santos is also the chair-elect of the Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section of the American Public Health Association.
The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) is pleased to announced the election of Alan Wright, MD, MPH, chief medical officer at Roche Diagnostics Corp., to its Board of Directors.
In her 22 years at the Food and Drug Administration, Marsha B. Henderson has had a profound influence on the advancement of women’s health research. When she retires at the end of this year, the FDA will surely feel the absence of this dedicated advocate and her leadership as FDA’s associate commissioner for women’s health and director of the Office of Women’s Health (OWH).
In an online survey developed by the Society for Women’s Health Research, a majority of school nurses reported that the pre-K-12 schools they work for do not have written policies on student bathroom use and do not have education for students and teachers on bladder health. Read More
By Rebecca Nebel, PhD, SWHR Director of Scientific Programs
We’ve all experienced times where we haven’t gotten enough sleep, whether it’s pulling an all-nighter to cram for a test, caring for a newborn, or stressing about a project at work. Recently I attended NIH’s Sleep & the Health of Women Conference, where several presenters (some of the most prominent sleep researchers in the country) confessed they had not gotten much sleep the night before. Read More
Women are the fastest-growing segment within the U.S. veteran population and account for nearly 10 percent of the people served by the Veterans Health Administration.
The Society for Women’s Health Research commends the Task Force on Research Specific to Pregnant Women and Lactating Women for its comprehensive, evidence-based report with pragmatic recommendations for addressing critical knowledge gaps on safe and effective medication for pregnant and lactating women.