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.
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.
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:
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.