The mission and work of the Office of Women’s Health (OWH) is guided by the overarching theme, “To improve the health, wellness and safety of women and girls across the lifespan through policy, programming, outreach and education.”
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:
Selected cross-cutting, activities supported by OWH include:
Bright Futures for Women's Health and Wellness is an initiative to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate a variety of evidence-based, culturally competent consumer, healthcare provider, and community products that will increase women’s awareness and use of preventive health services.
Women's Health USA Databook is an annual reference publication summarizing key statistics on health indicators by sex, race/ethnicity, and age. It is developed in partnership with the Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s Office of Epidemiology, Policy, and Evaluation and the Bureau’s Division of Healthy Start and Perinatal Services.
State Women's Health Profiles provide each U.S. State and jurisdiction's women's health-related priority needs, State performance and outcome measures, and additional women’s health-related data supplied by States in the 2010 Title V 5-year needs assessments.
National Women’s Health Week
National Women’s Health Week is an annual event that takes place during the week following Mother’s Day each year in May to recognize the importance of improving the health and well-being of women across the country. Families, communities, businesses, government, health organizations and other groups work together to focus on healthy lifestyles and simple action steps.
Violence prevention is one of the office’s top priorities and efforts are underway to raise awareness through collaboration with HRSA Bureaus and Offices, other HHS agencies, and external partners. Current activities include providing violence prevention updates and technical expertise on the behavioral impacts of trauma affecting women and girls to identify gaps, and recommendations for systems change, integration, and collaboration. The office also coordinates the Violence Prevention Workgroup (VPW) through the HRSA Women’s Health Coordinating Committee (WHCC) and other partners to coordinate violence prevention-related activities and national health observance events. In 2011, the VPW led efforts to revise the HRSA Workplace Violence Prevention Policy and partnered with the HRSA Learning Institute to implement a mandatory annual training for employees.
Maryland Public Health Response to Intimate Partner Violence (recorded 05/14/13)
Human Trafficking: Challenges for Providers (recorded 04/30/13)
Teen Dating Violence Awareness: Silent Screams (recorded 02/27/13)
Dental Team Awareness: Signs and Symptoms of Abuse in Children and Adolescents (recorded 02/13/2013)
Family Planning Services in Community Health Centers (recorded 01/31/2013)
June is Men’s Health Month , and the purpose of this annual health observance is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. Men's Health Month is a chance for men, women, and families to increase their awareness of the potentially significant health problems that men face, as well as what steps they can take to prevent such problems.
Communities are encouraged to wear the color “blue” in honor of this health observance and HRSA grantees and stakeholders can play a role by encouraging men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. Federal employees are encouraged to visit the Federal Occupational Health , for more information about this observance and occupational and wellness services.
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