Women have unique health needs, and most diseases and conditions affect women differently than men.

The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) is the thought leader in promoting research on biological sex differences in disease and improving women’s health through science, policy, and education. We are making women’s health mainstream.

Women’s Health Equity Initiative

Women in the United States experience health disparities throughout their lifespans as a result of their gender, historic health inequities in the health care system, and socioeconomic conditions. 

The new Women’s Health Equity Initiative highlights statistics on women’s health in the United States and aims to engage communities on solutions to improve health equity across multiple disease states, conditions, and life stages. The first phase of the Initiative is focused on Alzheimer’s disease, bone health, maternal health, and menopause. 

Through the creation of a unique roadmap and video testimonials, featuring caregivers, patients, and clinicians across the United States, SWHR is working to end women’s health disparities based on age, race, ethnicity, geography, and among caregivers. To learn more and support the Women’s Health Equity Initiative, visit www.swhr.org/healthequity.

UPCOMING SWHR EVENTS

Join us for expert conversations on women’s health research and care, hosted by SWHR and featuring SWHR leaders.

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May 2022

Steps to Strengthen America’s Seniors: How Preventing Osteoporosis Helps America’s Health System

Hosted by SWHR

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4UdcKv9X6g&feature=youtu.be Osteoporosis is a disease that decreases bone mineral density and mass, causing the bones to become weak and brittle. Affecting about 45 million Americans, osteoporosis is common – but it is more common in women (women account for 80% of the estimated 10 million Americans age 50 and older with osteoporosis). One in two women will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime. Osteoporosis is also costly. Each year, it is responsible for 2 million broken bones and $19…

May 24 @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm EDT

June 2022

Addressing Barriers in Research and Health Care for Women Living with Lupus

Hosted by SWHR

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease where the body attacks its own tissues, creating widespread inflammation and symptoms throughout the body, often resulting in organ tissue damage – most commonly in the joints, skin, brain, lungs, kidneys and blood vessels. Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is the most common type of lupus, affecting multiple parts of the body, whereas cutaneous lupus erythematosus (CLE) primarily affects the skin. Sometimes individuals can develop a temporary druginduced lupus due to reactions from certain medications,…

June 1 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT

How Hormones Can Tell a Fertility Story

Hosted by SWHR

https://youtu.be/mRFK0E0i8CE In the United States, there are more than 100 diagnostic tests and procedures available for detecting diseases and monitoring their progression. Diagnostic tools are also used to guide treatments and evaluate their effectiveness. Some tests are invasive, such as a biopsy or endoscopy; whereas others are noninvasive, such as x-rays and ultrasound imaging procedures. Innovations in diagnostics provide access to health information, helping women make informed decisions about their health care at every stage of their lives. Screening and…

June 8 @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm EDT

Closing the Loop for Lupus in Women’s Health Care

Hosted by SWHR

https://youtu.be/sH4W2H3IbRw Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease characterized by widespread inflammation that often results in damage to the joints, skin, brain, lungs, kidneys and blood vessels. An estimated 1.5 million Americans have some form of lupus, and 90% are women between the ages of 15 and 44. Lupus is more prevalent among women of color, who also develop symptoms at younger ages and have more severe symptoms and complications from the disease. Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is the most common…

June 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

Empowering Women with Psoriatic Arthritis: Improving the Patient Journey

Hosted by SWHR

More than 8 million Americans and 125 million people worldwide have psoriasis, a chronic inflammatory skin disease that is characterized by patches of red or discolored and irritated skin, often covered by flaky white or gray scales, depending on the skin type. An estimated 10-30% of people with psoriasis also develop psoriatic arthritis (PsA), a type of inflammatory arthritis linked to psoriasis. Of those with PsA, 85% develop the skin disease before the joint disease. Psoriasis often appears between the…

June 22 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

July 2022

Menopause Mindfulness: A Personal Toolkit for Menopause Preparedness

Hosted by SWHR

https://youtu.be/-jWNRmi5pjo Approximately 1.3 million women in the United States transition into menopause each year. During the menopause transition (perimenopause), the body undergoes hormonal changes, characterized by a significant decrease in estrogen. This change typically begins to occur in a woman’s late 40s or 50s, and can last up to 10 or 20 years. However, some individuals may experience menopause early due to certain medical conditions or surgical procedures. Menopause, itself, is defined as the point in time 12 months after…

July 14 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

Taking Heed of Alzheimer’s Disease: Recognizing and Responding to a Coming Crisis

Hosted by SWHR

https://youtu.be/ehHwWzjVCvw Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias is a growing crisis. The number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease is growing quickly, with the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s expected to more than double by 2050. Of the approximately 5.8 million people in the United States who have Alzheimer’s disease, two-thirds of them are women, and clear racial and ethnic disparities exist in both prevalence and incidence. Further, women have a 30% higher risk of dying from…

July 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm EDT

August 2022

Addressing Barriers to Care for Women with Autoimmune Diseases and Conditions

Hosted by SWHR

Autoimmune diseases are a group of more than 80 chronic and often disabling diseases that develop when the immune system mistakenly attacks the body’s own healthy organs, tissues, and cells. The rates of autoimmune diseases and conditions in the United States are rising—and women are disproportionately affected. Specifically, 80% of patients diagnosed with autoimmune disorders are women, though gender ratios differ among individual diseases. Sex differences also influence symptom manifestation and severity. While the causes of many autoimmune diseases remain…

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

Menopause Mindfulness: Understanding the Many Paths to Menopause

Hosted by SWHR

https://youtu.be/iIDm5QFIL2E Approximately 1.3 million women in the United States transition into menopause each year. During the menopause transition (perimenopause), the body undergoes hormonal changes, characterized by a significant decrease in estrogen. This change typically begins to occur in a woman’s late 40s or 50s, and can last up to 10 or 20 years. However, some individuals may experience menopause early due to certain medical conditions or surgical procedures. Menopause, itself, is defined as the point in time 12 months after…

August 11 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm EDT

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

Hosted by SWHR

Of the approximately 5.8 million people in the United States who have Alzheimer’s disease, two-thirds of them are women, and clear racial and ethnic disparities exist in both prevalence and incidence. Further, women have a 30% higher risk of dying from Alzheimer’s disease than men, and women disproportionately serve as unpaid Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers, which has implications for their work and home life and mental health.  Given the growing aging population in the United States, the burden of Alzheimer’s…

August 23 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm EDT
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WHAT WE’RE DOING

Utilization Management Policies and Autoimmune Diseases Fact Sheet

This resource explores autoimmune and immune-mediated diseases care options and related policy affects on provider and patient experiences.

Menopause Preparedness Toolkit: A Woman’s Empowerment Guide

Understanding the many changes related to menopause and being prepared for their effects can help women embrace wellness during the journey. This toolkit helps prepare individuals for life through and following the menopause transition.

Promoting Bone Health Through Policy: A Call to Action

SWHR’s first disease-specific policy agenda is intended to serve as a roadmap outlining key areas of policy needed to improve the bone health of women from childhood through adulthood.

Noninvasive Prenatal Screening Resource Guide for Women

Screening for genetic conditions can be done using a number of different methods and at different time points in a person’s life. Learn more about the role of Noninvasive Prenatal Screening (NIPS) in this personal toolkit. 

SHARE YOUR STORY

SWHR is asking women to share their personal health journeys, to be posted on the SWHR website and other SWHR-branded material, as appropriate. In addition to patient stories, SWHR is interested in the stories of those who serve as caregiver for a family member (parent, spouse, child, etc.). Your story is powerful and we hope to share with policymakers, researchers, providers and most importantly, other women.

Your story could help educate and inform other women who may be going through a similar experience.

LEARN HOW TO SHARE YOUR STORY

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Biological differences between the sexes exist, from a single cell to the entire body. SWHR is bringing attention to sex and gender differences in health and disease in order to address unmet needs and research gaps in women’s health.

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30
YEARS

PRIORITIZING WOMEN’S HEALTH

Since 1990, SWHR has been championing for research and policy that improves women’s health.

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WOMEN

IN FDA DRUG TRIALS 

After years of SWHR advocacy, in 2017, for the first time, women accounted for over half of research participants for approved drugs.

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IDENTIFYING GAPS IN RESEARCH

SWHR convenes researchers, clinicians, patients and other stakeholders to effect change in overlooked areas of women’s health