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OWH At a Glance
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About the Office of Women's Health

HRSA Delivers for Women's Health

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


  • Provides leadership on policy and programs;
  • Expands access to quality health services, education and community-based interventions; and
  • Supports mentorship and lifelong learning opportunities.


Affordable Care Act

In the US, women make approximately 80 percent of the health care decisions for their families, yet often go without health care coverage themselves. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides an opportunity for women to gain health care coverage for themselves and their families. Several provisions in the ACA are expected to vastly improve women’s health – read more in The Affordable Care Act and Women.

OWH works to educate underserved women on the Women's Preventive Services’ Guidelines, which define services that all Marketplace and other health plans must cover without cost-sharing.

Violence Prevention

Intimate partner violence is a health care issue. The total adjusted health care costs for women who had disclosed physical abuse were 42 percent higher than for women who had never experienced abuse.

OWH provides leadership and technical expertise to address the impact of violence and trauma on health outcomes for women and other underserved populations supported by HRSA programs.

HRSA-supported violence prevention efforts include:

  • Leading the agency’s violence prevention in the workplace policy and training activities.
  • Contributing to the SAMHSA-HRSA Integrated Center for Health Solutions’ efforts to better address the needs of individuals with mental health and substance use conditions.
  • Reducing crime and domestic violence through the Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting Program.
    • The Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting Program is working to develop tribal capacity to prevent domestic violence against women and promote healthy tribal families – there are currently 25 tribal grantees in 14 states.
  • Disseminating a toolkit on Intimate Partner Violence and Perinatal Depression with resources to prevent violence and depression among new mothers.

Health Care Workforce

Females represent more than 80 percent of workers in most of the U.S. health related occupations.  
Working with HRSA's health workforce development programs, OWH assists in building a workforce prepared to meet the needs of underserved women across the lifespan.