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Beyond COVID-19: Closing the Racial Health Gap


The coronavirus pandemic affects women’s health in a multitude of ways. In addition to the threat to women’s physical health, COVID-19 and its ramifications are creating burdens on women that negatively influence their mental, emotional, social, and financial health as well. In these challenging times, SWHR is committed to continuing our work to raise awareness about issues impacting women’s health. On this webpage, you will find original content from SWHR as well as information from reliable, evidence-based sources.

Women’s Health

Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Breast Cancer Treatment, Management Across the Country

Pharmacy Times, December 9, 2020

A recent report details how care for breast cancer was significantly changed this year due to Covid-19.

Understanding Disparities in COVID-19 Research and Response
SWHR Blog, October 7, 2020
Access to Migraine Treatment During COVID-19
The Headache and Migraine Policy Forum, October 2020
The Pandemic is Disproportionately Affecting Women — Here’s Why
National Women’s Health Network, September 9, 2020
Women’s Chronic Illness During a Pandemic: A Virtual Congressional Briefing
Congressional Bipartisan Women’s Caucus, August 14, 2020

Sex Differences

SWHR Comments on Sex & Gender Considerations in NIH-Wide COVID-19 Strategic Plan

SWHR, December 8, 2020

SWHR submitted comments emphasizing sex and gender consideration in the recently released NIH-Wide Strategic Plan for COVID-19 Research.


As a pregnant OB/GYN, I’m acutely aware of covid-19’s risks. That’s why I’m taking the vaccine.

The Lily, January 5, 2021

Pregnant women have more questions than answers about the risks of receiving the Covid-19 vaccine. One pregnant OB/GYN explains why she decided to get vaccinated despite the lack of research to guide her choice.

Pregnant women agonize over whether to get coronavirus vaccine
Washington Post, January 1, 2021
Leave the door open to Covid-19 vaccination for pregnant and lactating health workers
Stat News, December 9, 2020
SARS-CoV-2 Vaccination in Pregnancy
Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, December 1, 2020
Pandemic Prompts Concerns About Worsening Mental Health for Pregnant Women and New Moms
SWHR Blog, June 1, 2020

Mental Health

How to navigate the ‘chaotic’ world of mental health apps 

Washington Post, December 29, 2020

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, mobile mental health apps have experienced a “surge in growth.” Learn how to identify evidence-based apps amid the flood.

As stay-at-home restrictions rise, here are ways to cope
Washington Post, December 2, 2020
Close female friendships were never easy for me. During a pandemic holiday, I crave them more than ever.
The Lily, December 10, 2020
‘I feel stuck’: Philadelphians struggle with the effects of unemployment on mental health 
Philadelphia Inquirer, December 1, 2020
Reach Out to Beat the Pandemic Winter Blues
Axios, November 19, 2020
Coronavirus Is Driving a Telehealth Evolution
SWHR Blog, April 7, 2020

Domestic Violence

A Pandemic within a Pandemic — Intimate Partner Violence during Covid-19

New England Journal of Medicine, December 10, 2020

Intimate partner violence reporting has been down in past months, but experts say this does not reflect the reality of IPV in the pandemic.

Op-ed: Uptick in domestic violence amid Covid-19 isolation
CNBC, October 30, 2020
26 years in, the Violence Against Women Act hangs in limbo — while COVID fuels a domestic violence surge
The 19th News, September 16, 2020
Rising to the Challenge of Screening for Intimate Partner Violence During COVID-19
STAT, July 17, 2020
Not Always Safer at Home: COVID-19 and Domestic Violence
SWHR Blog, April 14, 2020


Melinda Gates: This pandemic has exposed our nation’s broken caregiving system

Washington Post, December 2, 2020

The caregiving system in the United States is broken, and it is women who are paying the price, particularly in the ongoing pandemic.

COVID-19’s Deadly Lesson: Time To Revamp Long-Term Care
Health Affairs, November 17, 2020
Covid Often Raising Out-Of-Pocket $200+ Monthly For Sandwich Generation To Care For Elder Relatives
Forbes, November 18, 2020
Deloitte Global research highlights impact of COVID-19 on working women
Deloitte Global, October 28, 2020
Women, Caregiving, and Covid-19
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Pandemic Response

Research Brief: Health Sector Job Recovery Remains Slower Among Women

Altarum, January 2021

Health sector job losses were both initially greater for women and appear to be recovering more slowly compared to men’s health jobs.

Diversity and Representation of Physicians During the COVID-19 News Cycle
JAMA Internal Medicine, December 14, 2020
SWHR Calls on Congress to Strengthen Public Health Funding in FY21 Budget
SWHR, December 3, 2020
Women and Leadership: Looking Beyond the Global Health Crisis 
The New York Times, November 17, 2020
The Virus Moved Female Faculty to the Brink. Will Universities Help?
The New York Times, October 6, 2020

Testing & Treatment

SWHR Joins COVID-19 Vaccine Education and Equity Project

COVID-19 Vaccine Education and Equity Project, December 2, 2020

SWHR has joined a coalition to provide information about the clinical trials process, regulatory review, distribution of and access to potential COVID-19 vaccines in a way that promotes equity and trust.

Covid-19 vaccine guidance for those who are lactating is based on faulty assumptions, experts say
Stat News, January 19, 2021
Using Lorenz Curves to Measure Racial Inequities in COVID-19 Testing
JAMA Network, January 8, 2021
COVID-19 vaccines and women’s security
The Lancet, December 22, 2020
‘I Trust Science,’ Says Nurse Who Is First to Get Vaccine in U.S.
The New York Times, December 17, 2020

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