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
In 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.
Intimate 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:
- 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 (PDF - 72 KB).
- Disseminating a toolkit on Intimate Partner Violence and Perinatal Depression with resources to prevent violence and depression among new mothers.
Last Reviewed: March 2016