Policy Advisory Council

The Policy Advisory Council is a forum for health care thought leaders to collaborate with SWHR to support and promote emerging scientific research and innovation and public policy measures that will advance women’s health.

Policy Advisory Council members have the opportunity to work collaboratively to inform policy positions; engage with SWHR, other women’s health stakeholders, and health care decision makers; and identify gaps and opportunities across women’s health.

SWHR’s policy development efforts focus on advancing public health and health equity, securing robust investments in research and clinical trials, improving women’s health across the lifespan, ensuring coverage and access to care, and diversifying the biomedical workforce.

Capital Building

Member Benefits

  • Invitation to SWHR’s quarterly Policy Advisory Council meetings — interactive forums for partnering on women’s health issues (a list of past meeting speakers can be found here)
  • Networking and engagement opportunities with scientific and policy thought leaders and decision makers
  • Working collaboratively with SWHR to educate key stakeholders and the public on women’s health issues and to develop materials and position statements that may advance women’s health research
  • Receiving policy updates on developments affecting women’s health from Congress, the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and other federal government agencies and departments
  • Opportunities to meet with SWHR on an ad hoc basis on specific policy topics and issues
  • Opportunities to engage peer organizations in discussion on key policy topics at the quarterly meetings
  • Participation in SWHR invitation-only policy events and workgroups
  • Recognition of Policy Advisory Council membership on SWHR’s website, in reports, and on social media


Policy Advisory Council members represent a diverse cross-section of thought leaders in senior level policy, advocacy, government affairs, communications, and commercial roles who share SWHR’s mission to improve women’s health through science, policy, and education.

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