About the Office of 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. In support of this mission, OWH: 

  • Integrates women's health policy and programming across HRSA bureaus and offices.
  • Supports educational and informational dissemination efforts on topics related to women's health.
  • Encourages and supports a transformed health care delivery system that increases access to high quality, cost-effective health care, with particular focus on underserved women.
  • Improves efficiency and effectiveness of operations.


Affordable Care Act

Thumbnail link to report on Women as Health Care Decision MakersIn the US, women make approximately 80% 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. Since 2013, the uninsured rate among women declined 9.4 percentage points, resulting in nearly 9.5 million adult women gaining coverage.

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

Violence Prevention

Thumbnail link to Intimate Partner Violence and Perinatal DepressionIntimate partner violence is a health care issue. The total adjusted health care costs for women who had disclosed physical abuse were 42% 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:

Last Reviewed: March 2016