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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.

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October Health Observances

Breast Cancer Awareness and Domestic Violence Awareness

Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women during their lives, and many of us know someone — a mother, sister, friend — who has had it. Thanks to screening, breast cancer often can be found early, when the chance of successful treatment is best. Under the Affordable Care Act, most health plans must cover preventive health services for women including:

Interpersonal and domestic violence (IPV) can have a profound impact on the health, safety, and well-being of individuals.  According to national data from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1 in 3 women in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetimes.  

Identifying current or past abusive and traumatic experiences can help prevent further abuse, lessen disability, and lead to improved health status. Because health care providers are often trusted resources in their communities, they are in a unique position to connect women who experience IPV with supportive local services.

HRSA supported women’s preventive services guidelines under the Affordable Care Act include screening and brief counseling for domestic and interpersonal violence as a covered benefit with no additional cost-sharing.   Additionally, screening and counseling for HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections are covered benefits.  

The HHS Office on Women’s Health has a fact sheet for providers with some helpful tips and resources  around their role in screening and counseling for IPV, see publication here.

For more information on the HRSA supported women’s preventive services guidelines, see publication here.

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Reports and Tools

30 Achievements in Women's Health in 30 Years is a new timeline that recognizes some of HHS’  most noteworthy achievements in women's health between 1984 and 2014.  These achievements include a wide range of discoveries and successes, from improvements in breast cancer screening to the inclusion of women in clinical trials,  and the coverage of women specific preventive services under the Affordable Care Act.

Ten Tips Nutrition Education Tip Sheets developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture with content from HRSA’s Bright Futures for Women’s Health and Wellness Nutrition and Physical Activity resources. For women, men and teens. 10 Consejos de Educación en Nutrición

Expert Panel Recommendations for Interprofessional Collaboration across the Health Professions (PDF - 436 KB) May 2013