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SWHR Calls on the New Administration to Safeguard Women’s Health

The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR®) offers support to both the President Trump administration and Congress and will actively build on the progress made in advancing women’s health in the U.S. and worldwide.

Approximately 157 million women live in this country; accounting for 50.8 percent of the U.S. population. For more than 25 years, our organization has brought attention to the variety of diseases and conditions that disproportionately or predominately impact women, and we are dedicated to transforming women’s health through science, advocacy, and education. With a new administration in the White House, it is crucial now more than ever to remember why women’s health is important and why it must remain a high priority on the national agenda.

For a century or more, the U.S. has paved the way in scientific research and medicine. Our leadership must continue. As an organization, SWHR looks forward to working with the incoming administration and Congress on championing continued research and funding of the study of sex and ethnic differences in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease; expanding access to healthcare coverage for preventive care services, including well-woman visits; ensuring proper mental health services and screenings by healthcare providers; and other important health policy issues that disproportionally affect women. Accelerating our progress in understanding the science of sex differences will benefit the health and longevity of both women and men.

Our tireless advocacy efforts for over a quarter-of-a-century have resulted in the passage of notable legislation, including the Women’s Health Office Act that mandated the offices on women’s health within the Department of Health and Human Services, and the authorization for offices and positions of women’s health among five federal agencies, including the Office on Women’s Health, the Office of the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Office of the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. We anticipate the new administration will continue to appropriately staff and fund the offices on women’s health.

SWHR is hopeful the Trump administration will make the promotion of women’s health a prominent component in its national agenda, and that Congress will appropriately fund a federal research agenda that is inclusive of women’s health and sex differences research, which will ultimately improve the lives of all Americans.

ABOUT SWHR

The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR®) is a national non-profit based in Washington D.C. that is widely recognized as the thought leader in promoting research on biological differences in disease and is dedicated to transforming women’s health through science, advocacy, and education. Founded in 1990 by a group of physicians, medical researchers and health advocates, SWHR aims to bring attention to the variety of diseases and conditions that disproportionately or predominately affect women.

For more information, visit www.SWHR.org. Follow on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SWHR.

 

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