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OWH At a Glance

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. 

Priorities

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.

Reports and Tools

10 TIP Nutrition Sheets Targeting Women, Men, Teen Guys and Teen Girls
A collaborative initiative between the Health Resources Services Administration Office of Women’s Health (HRSA OWH) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) to provide accurate, informative nutrition resources to women, men, teen boys and teen girls through the Ten Tips Nutrition Education series (see NEW TIP Sheets at end of list). These new Ten Tips Sheets were developed using content from HRSA’s Bright Futures for Women’s Health and Wellness Nutrition and Physical Activity resources, and will soon be available in Spanish.

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

Did You Know?

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

One in four girls and one in six boys will experience a sexual assault before age 18. 

One in two women and one in five men will experience a sexual assault in their lifetime. 

Sexual assaults are far more extensive than in official statistics, so it’s important to talk about healthy sexual development and to listen to survivors. 

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center go to exit disclaimer is here to help.