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National Womens Health Week

How Forensic Nurses Support Wellbeing for Assault Survivors

Barbra A. Bachmeier | Posted 07.16.2014 | Impact
Barbra A. Bachmeier

"I just want to make sure that I am okay." Those are the first words I hear from a sexual assault patient when they arrive at a health care facility for a medical forensic exam.

To Keep Women Healthy, We Must Protect Them From Gun Violence

Qudsia Raja | Posted 07.16.2014 | Women
Qudsia Raja

Firearms-related domestic violence homicides are a serious public health concern for women in the United States who are fleeing abusive homes.

Increased Health Risks for Latina Women Don't Stop at the Border

Kimberly Inez McGuire | Posted 07.16.2014 | Latino Voices
Kimberly Inez McGuire

For many Latina immigrants the only option for healthcare services is through women's health clinics. The closing of these clinics by state-level anti-choice policies leave our Latina sisters without options.

Leaning In or Falling Over?

Stephanie Lormand | Posted 07.15.2014 | Women
Stephanie Lormand

Even with all of those challenges, I love being a person that can see a million different uses for a shower curtain -- and I feel genuine regret for those that cannot.

Is a Serious Public Health Issue Being Overlooked?

Karen L. Baker | Posted 07.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Karen L. Baker

National Women's Health Week is an opportunity to consider the far-reaching impact of sexual violence on health and the importance of prevention.

Hill Harper: Let's Make HPV Vaccination a Public Health Priority

Hill Harper | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Hill Harper

The HPV vaccine has the potential to save lives and prevent millions of avoidable cancers and HPV-related conditions in men and women.

OBGYN Colleen Krajewski: Why I'm Dispelling Myths About Birth Control

Colleen Krajewski | Posted 07.14.2014 | Women
Colleen Krajewski

Strangers and friends alike often ask me how I decided to be a gynecologist. "Why would you do that all day?" I prefer to answer the question, "Why did you choose to become a comprehensive reproductive health care provider?"

Betsy Martin: When Clinical Obesity Threatened My Health, I Made a Change I Never Thought Possible

Betsy Martin | Posted 07.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Betsy Martin

If you've never been clinically obese and walked into a fitness class, then it is hard to describe the courage and fortitude it takes to turn 180 degrees and literally move your titanic self towards health.

Abortion, Like Contraception, Is Essential Health Care That Saves Lives

Terry O'Neill | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

From a public health point of view, abortion care, no less than contraception, is an essential measure to prevent the heartbreak of infant mortality, and to prevent another tragedy as well -- maternal death.

A Mother's Day We Can All Celebrate

Dr. Naveen Rao | Posted 07.12.2014 | Impact
Dr. Naveen Rao

That's why Merck for Mothers has made the U.S. an important part of our global initiative to reduce maternal mortality and is committed to improving maternal healthcare in this country.

More Sleep, Less Chocolate: Thoughts From My Well-Woman Visit

Nancy C. Lee | Posted 07.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy C. Lee

While it's reassuring to know that I'm in good health, the exam wasn't the most important part of the visit. The talking was.

Ending the Epidemic of Sexual Assault

Sandra Fluke | Posted 07.12.2014 | Women
Sandra Fluke

Women at college should be able to focus on their academic careers and building their lives, without fearing for their safety.

What the Affordable Care Act Means for Women

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 07.30.2012 | Women
Marcia G. Yerman

Fifty percent of women put off getting medical care because of economic factors. One third of women pay their medical bills by trimming back on basic needs such as food. Understanding what the ACA offers gives women a window into what will transpire if it is defeated.

Celebrating Women's Health Week as a Grandmother

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 07.15.2012 | Women
Nancy K. Kaufman

On Sunday, I celebrated my first Mother's Day as a grandmother, so the celebration of National Women's Health Week this week has new meaning for me. I...

Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson

Maya Angelou: 'The Disparities Are Embarrassing' In Minority Health Care | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 05.16.2012 | Black Voices

Wisdom comes with age, and at 84 years old, Maya Angelou has lots of wisdom. But she says she picked up her most valuable piece of wisdom early on. "I...

Time to Make Our Health a Priority

Vanessa Cullins | Posted 07.14.2012 | Black Voices
Vanessa Cullins

Your health should come first, but when you're a healthy and busy working adult, you tend to forget how quickly the time flies. There's never enough money or time, and too often our health falls to the bottom of the list.

Laura Bassett

Obama Declares 'National Women's Health Week' | Laura Bassett | Posted 05.14.2012 | Politics

Women's health has emerged as such a major theme of the 2012 elections that President Barack Obama has dedicated a week-long celebration to it. The pr...

What Health Reform Means for Women

Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 07.11.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Sebelius

Young, old, with private insurance, or with Medicare, the health care law signed into law last year does more to advance women's health than we've seen in decades.

Obesity Prevention in Women: Tipping the Scales Towards Health

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

As we commemorate National Women's Health Week, let's ensure that our national initiatives in obesity research include a focus on women and girls. Only then will the scales begin to tip towards a healthier future for women in our country.

National Women's Health Week, May 9-15: Take the Pledge to Take Care

M. Tracey Brooks | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
M. Tracey Brooks

Pledge to get a check up. Join the Woman's Challenge. Take preventive measures to good health. Learn about important screenings and immunizations.