About the Office of Women's Health

The HRSA Office of Women’s Health (OWH) leads women’s health-related activities across the agency. We support programs that provide health care to women and girls who are geographically isolated, economically or medically vulnerable.

Vision: Healthy women, girls, families,and communities<br />
Mission: Improved the health, wellness, and safety of women and girls across the lifespan through policy, program, outreach and education. Policy, Program, Outreach & Education: Leadership InnovationOWHProgramOutreach & EducationImage Map

What are Our Priority Areas?

We have three cross-cutting priority areas that contribute to HRSA’s vision to support Healthy People, Healthy Communities:

Women's Preventive Services

Violence Prevention

  • We collaborated on a pilot Exit Disclaimer to integrate Screening and Counseling for Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) (PDF - 169 KB) in HRSA-funded community health centers. 
  • The best practices from the pilot were compiled into a Virtual Intimate Partner Violence Toolkit hrsa exit disclaimer for health centers and social service organizations. The toolkit lays out 5 essential steps that health centers can take to address IPV.
  • Project Catalyst hrsa exit disclaimer, an initiative supported by the Administration for Children and Families Family and Youth Services Bureau, HRSA Bureau of Primary Health Care, and HRSA Office of Women’s Health, scales the results of the pilot to a state level. State Leadership Teams will use a collaborative learning model to implement systems changes and promote state level policies that integrate IPV and human trafficking in community health centers and domestic violence programs.
  • We lead the 2017-2020 HRSA Strategy to Address Intimate Partner Violence (PDF - 391 KB), which outlines the actions that 14 HRSA Bureaus and Offices will take to address IPV, both individually and collaboratively, as well as in partnership with federal agencies and grantees.

Trauma-Informed Care

  • We are integrating trauma-informed principles into HRSA workplace policies and practices.
  • We co-lead the Early Childhood Trauma Collaborative Innovation Network.

We demonstrate how HRSA delivers for women’s health by providing leadership and subject matter expertise through policy, program, outreach and education. Watch the video below to learn how we fulfill our mission.

Watch other videos in our series, Voices: Women of HRSA

How Does Our Work Help Women and Girls?


  • We integrate OWH priorities into HRSA policies and programs by using evidence-based, data-driven approaches that achieve a positive impact.
  • We engage with stakeholders to gather and interpret information to shape women's health policy.


  • We collaborate with internal and external partners to improve HRSA programs for underserved women and girls.
  • We develop, carry out, and evaluate programs and initiatives to achieve health equity among women and girls.

Outreach and Education

  • We create, coordinate, and distribute resources to educate providers and consumers about the biological and social effects of sex and gender.
  • We educate providers and consumers about the positive impact we make on women’s health.
Date Last Reviewed:  January 2019