Office on Women’s Health


About the Organization:

The Office on Women’s Health (OWH) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was established in 1991 to improve the health of American women by advancing and coordinating a comprehensive women’s health agenda throughout the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to address health care prevention and service delivery, research, public and health care professional education, and career advancement for women in the health professions and in scientific careers. The Office also works with numerous government agencies, non-profit organizations, consumer groups, and associations of health care professionals. During the early part of this decade, the OWH focused on developing women’s health as a specialized issue for government action and attention. With women’s health now firmly rooted in the national health landscape, the OWH is focusing on women’s health priorities to meet the sweeping demographic trends of the next century and to focus on the millions of underserved women in America.

Our Mission:

To improve the health of women across the life-span by directing, developing, stimulating, and coordinating women’s health research, health care services, and public and health professional education and training across the agencies and offices of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); and with other government agencies, public and private organizations, and consumer and health care professional groups. The Office also advises the Secretary and Assistant Secretary for Health of HHS on the scientific, medical, ethical and policy issues related to the advancement of women’s health in the United States and internationally.

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