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OWH At a Glance
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Office of Women's Health

The Office of Women’s Health (OWH) coordinates women’s health-related activities across HRSA, strengthening the programmatic focus to reduce sex and gender-based disparities and support comprehensive, culturally competent, and quality health care. OWH’s goals are to: 

  • Provide leadership on policy and programs; 
  • Expand access to quality health services, education and community-based interventions; and 
  • Support mentorship and lifelong learning opportunities. 


Affordable Care Act

The Office of Women’s Health works within HRSA and with other agencies in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to educate underserved women on the women's preventive services guidelines, which define services that health plans under must cover without cost-sharing. 

Mobile Health

The Office of Women's Health provides leadership and expertise in mobile health across HRSA, in alignment with goals in both the HHS and HRSA strategic plans. Efforts include

  • Text4Baby: Outreach, promotion and evaluation of the free service that provides timely information by text message to subscribers during pregnancy and the first year of life.
  • TXT4Tots: Technical assistance and content expertise for a library of health messages focused on child nutrition and physical activity for caregivers of children ages 1 – 5.
  • Medication Adherence for UCARE4LIFE: The UCARE4Life project, supported by the HHS Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative funding and a gift from M.A.C. AIDS Fund, is designed to develop and evaluate a text message library directed at minority youth living with HIV to address medication adherence and retention in HIV medical care. 

Violence Prevention

The Office of Women's Health convenes the Violence Prevention Workgroup through HRSA's Women's Health Coordinating Committee to raise awareness and address health issues for underserved women across the lifespan. The Violence Prevention Workgroup was instrumental in revising HRSA's Workplace Violence Prevention Policy and a series of webinars:

See also: HHS Policy Brief:  Screening for Domestic Violence in Health Care Settings (PDF - 309 KB)

Health Care Workforce

The Office of Women's Health also works with HRSA's health workforce development programs to build a workforce prepared to meet the needs of underserved women across the lifespan.

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