policy engagement


SWHR advocates for the appropriate inclusion of women in regulatory frameworks to ensure new diagnostics, drugs, and devices meet the needs of women and other patients. Advancing women’s health requires robust funding for scientific research. SWHR champions research on sex and gender differences and overlooked areas in women’s health. Women won’t benefit from new diagnostics and therapies unless they can access them. SWHR urges consideration of the unique burdens that many diseases have on women in determining the value of these innovations.


As part of our efforts to ensure that regulatory, science, and coverage and access policies benefit women’s health, SWHR often engages with Congress, government agencies, and independent health care organizations to provide comments, feedback, and insight into policy topics and decisions relevant to women’s health.

Women’s Health Policy Agenda

SWHR’s annual Women’s Health Policy Agenda outlines policies that we support across five key areas: public health, research & clinical trials, lifespan issues, coverage & access, and biomedical workforce.

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