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COVID-19 and Maternal Health Office of Research on Women

Why Addressing COVID-19 and Maternal Health Is Important The COVID-19 pandemic is a historic and unprecedented public health crisis. COVID-19, short for “coronavirus disease 2019,” is caused by a novel (new) coronavirus, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). [1] It is not yet well understood how this novel virus might affect women’s fertility, time during

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Health Information for African-American Women: 7 Diseases That Affect Your Health, and What You Can Do (PDF - 1.5MB) African-American women have a shorter life expectancy and higher rates of undetected diseases, illness, and chronic conditions than other groups. As an African-American woman, find out what you can do to improve your health.

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Maternal Health Across NIH Office of Research on Women's

As the primary Federal agency responsible for biomedical and public health research, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is committed to investing in research to understand maternal morbidity and mortality (MMM) by encouraging scientists to study pregnancy and apply the life course perspective, with the ultimate goal of improving the lives of women everywhere.

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Ongoing Studies Office of Research on Women's Health

nuMoM2b Heart Health Study – This study investigates the relationship between experiences during pregnancy and cardiovascular health 2 to 3½ years post-pregnancy. Human Placenta Project – This Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development–led project is a collaborative research effort to understand the

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The Office of Research on Women’s Health: A History of

The Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) was the first Public Health Service office dedicated specifically to promoting women’s health. ORWH was established on September 10, 1990, by then–Acting Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) William F. Raub, Ph.D., in response to concerns about the lack of the inclusion of appropriate numbers of women in clinical research.

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Women of Color Health Information Collection Office of

The Women of Color Health Information Collection presents data on race/ethnicity and disease. Through data, clues about how culture, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic background, and geographic location contribute to the health status of women of color can be identified. In order to explore sex differences, scientists need data about the similarities and differences between women and men in

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Research Supplements to Promote Reentry and Reintegration

Come back to research! Research Supplements to Promote Reentry and Reintegration into Health-Related Research Careers (NOT-OD-21-134) are administrative supplements given to existing NIH research grants to support full- or part-time research by women or men returning to the scientific workforce. The program is designed to bring a scientist's existing research skills and knowledge up-to …

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What Are Maternal Morbidity and Mortality

The World Health Organization defines maternal morbidity as any health condition attributed to and/or aggravated by pregnancy and childbirth that has negative outcomes to the woman’s well-being. As with maternal mortality, maternal morbidity has also seen increasing numbers.

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Introduction: Sex- and Gender-Related Differences in

Understanding and accounting for sex and gender influences on health and disease are key steps toward improving outcomes for all patients—regardless of sex or gender. Introduction: Sex- and Gender-Related Differences in Health is a self-paced training course for researchers, clinicians, and policymakers.

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Including Women and Minorities in Clinical Research

Women and men have different hormones, different organs, and different cultural influences — all of which can lead to differences in health. The purpose of clinical research is to understand how the human body works and apply that knowledge to improve health outcomes. For clinical research to be truly useful, it must reflect the populations that it intends to help.

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Maternal Health-Related Efforts of NIH Institutes, Centers

Maternal health is a matter of critical importance to the Office of AIDS Research (OAR), which works to advance research to end the HIV pandemic and improve health outcomes for people with HIV. Globally, women remain at significant risk for HIV, and the virus poses …

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Women, Science, and the Impact of COVID-19 Office of

Mental Health. The pandemic has widened the stress-level gap between men and women, with women being more likely to report worry or stress related to the coronavirus. A preliminary study by Abi Adams-Prassl, D.Phil., and colleagues 19 assessed the mental health effects of the pandemic and associated stay-at-home orders in the United States. The

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Specialized Centers of Research Excellence on Sex

Women’s health research and efforts to advance the careers of women in biomedicine are being performed across the NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices, as well as in other agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the private sector.

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A Roadmap to Improve Maternal Health in the United States

Women’s health research and efforts to advance the careers of women in biomedicine are being performed across the NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices, as well as in other agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the private sector.

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NIH Takes a Life Course Approach to Researching and

The Trans-NIH Strategic Plan for Women’s Health Research presents a multidimensional framework of biological, social, and environmental factors that influence a woman’s health. The intersection and interaction of these factors over the entire course of a woman’s life is central to this multidimensional model and to ensuring healthier aging among women.

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Advisory Committee on Research on Women's Health Office

The NIH Revitalization Act of 1993 established the Advisory Committee on Research on Women's Health (ACRWH), a Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) committee, to give advice and make recommendations on priority issues affecting women's health and sex differences research. ACRWH members are selected from among physicians, practitioners, scientists, and other health

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Welcome to the NIH Maternal Morbidity and Mortality (MMM

Because pre-pregnancy health, healthy pregnancy and delivery, and health across the life course are integrally linked, we hope to help women and their support networks find information they can use to stay healthy throughout their lives. For example, the “Women’s Health Resources” section on the “Information and Resources” page offers

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Funding Opportunities Office of Research on Women's Health

NIH-funded research has led to breakthroughs and the development of new treatments, helping people live longer, healthier lives and building the research foundation that drives discovery. ORWH publishes and participates in various NIH funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) that seek to advance the science on the health of women. This page includes a curated selection of funding opportunities

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Ending Structural Racism

This discrimination has extended to sexual and gender minorities. Structural racism has resulted in persistent health disparities, poor health status, and premature mortality as demonstrated by the current disproportionate burden of morbidity and mortality from COVID-19. Within the biomedical research enterprise, structural and institutional

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Stress Resources Office of Research on Women's Health

Resources to Accompany “7 steps to manage stress and build resilience” If you have suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255). Lifeline Chat is a service available to everyone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers a webpage to help locate mental health providers, at https

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Advancing NIH Research on the Health of Women: A 2021

In response to a congressional request to address NIH efforts related to women’s health research, the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH), in conjunction with the Advisory Committee on Research on Women’s Health (ACRWH), will be hosting “Advancing NIH Research on the Health of Women: A 2021 Conference.”The key topics to be discussed, as identified by Congress, are …

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ORWH 30th Anniversary Office of Research on Women's Health

ORWH 30th Anniversary Advancing the Health of Women Through Science In 2020, ORWH commemorated 30 years of supporting women's health research within and beyond the NIH scientific community. This milestone anniversary year included many engaging activities highlighting the progress made in women's health research, understanding the possible influences of sex and gender on …

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Advancing NIH Research on the Health of Women: A 2021

of Women’s Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Director of Lifecourse Epidemiology, Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Prevention of Chronic Conditions in Women to Advance Health and Function Across the Lifespan : Heidi D. Nelson, M.D., M.P.H., M.A.C.P., FRCP. Professor, Health System

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SABV Primer Supplement Office of Research on Women's Health

Module 1: SABV and the Health of Women and Men. As biomedical scientists and health professionals, we know that good science is important, and we know that those working in a field that can affect the health of an individual aim to provide the best care possible. That's why the consideration of SABV is a key focus of the NIH initiative to

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Journal of Women’s Health Special Issue Discusses Maternal

February 22, 2021. A special issue of the Journal of Women’s Health (JWH) examines the maternal morbidity and mortality (MMM) crisis in the United States. Articles in the issue also suggest solutions and propose a research agenda for understanding, treating, …

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Cardiovascular Risk Across the Lifespan for Polycystic

Women’s health research and efforts to advance the careers of women in biomedicine are being performed across the NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices, as well as in other agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the private sector.

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Archive Office of Research on Women's Health

The Global Health Program for Fellows and Scholars, funded by NIH’s Fogarty International Center, Office of Research on Women’s Health, and other Institutes and Centers, collaborates with U.S. university partners to provide mentored global health research training opportunities in low- and middle-income countries around the world.

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The Pulse Office of Research on Women's Health

Women’s health research and efforts to advance the careers of women in biomedicine are being performed across the NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices, as well as in other agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the private sector.

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WOMEN’S HEALTH In Focus AT NIH

health problem that imposes a large societal burden in terms of direct medical costs, resources used by the health care system, and loss of productivity. This burden warrants NIH’s substantial investment in research on the disease. In this article, we review several of …

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Polycystic Ovary/Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

should be considered when evaluating the mental health of women. 2. Depression. The prevalence and risk of depression and depressive disorders in women with PCOS are 40–64%, significantly higher than in women without PCOS.33,34 Women with PCOS are four times more likely to be at risk for depression compared with women without PCOS.35 f.

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NIH Seeks Public Comments to Help Identify Gaps in Women’s

Women’s health research and efforts to advance the careers of women in biomedicine are being performed across the NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices, as well as in other agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the private sector.

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Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's

Created by the Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH), the Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH, pronounced "birch") is a mentored career-development program designed to connect junior faculty, known as BIRCWH Scholars, to senior faculty with shared interest in women's health and sex differences research.

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Sex/Gender in Health, Disease, and Biomedical Research

Research is at the heart of ORWH’s mission. With the adoption of the NIH Sex as a Biological Variable (SABV) policy in 2016, as well as increased interest in sex- and gender-related influences on health, ORWH has expanded its efforts to integrate the study of sex and gender into the research process. In this section you will find resources for biomedical researchers and clinicians …

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ORWH Hosted a Maternal Health Twitter Chat Office of

To mark the publication of a special issue of the Journal of Women’s Health focused on the problem of maternal morbidity and mortality in the United States, on February 24, 2021, ORWH hosted a Twitter chat on issues related to maternal and obstetric health and safety.

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THE SURGEON GENERAL’S CALL TO ACTION

Optimizing maternal health is an important public health goal for the United States and is crucial to the well-being of future generations.1,2 The urgency of this goal is even more apparent during challenging times, such as the current pandemic which has highlighted striking health disparities in our nation. Maternal health is the health

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Recruitment and Retention of Women in Clinical Research

A healthy volunteer is someone with no known significant health problems who participates in research to test a new drug, device, or intervention as a “healthy volunteer” or “clinical research volunteer.” Healthy volunteers are often essential in clinical research, serving as control subjects for comparative purposes or to establish a normative physiological baseline.

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Prize Competition for Enhancing Faculty Gender Diversity

Women’s health research and efforts to advance the careers of women in biomedicine are being performed across the NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices, as well as in other agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the private sector.

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ORWH Quarterly Publication

Women’s health research and efforts to advance the careers of women in biomedicine are being performed across the NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices, as well as in other agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the private sector.

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Understudied, Underrepresented, and Underreported (U3

Women’s health research and efforts to advance the careers of women in biomedicine are being performed across the NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices, as well as in other agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the private sector.

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Director's Messages Office of Research on Women's Health

Women’s health research and efforts to advance the careers of women in biomedicine are being performed across the NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices, as well as in other agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the private sector.

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54th Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Research on

Women’s health research and efforts to advance the careers of women in biomedicine are being performed across the NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices, as well as in other agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the private sector.

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For Researchers Office of Research on Women's Health

Health Equity Among Black Women in the United States Journal of Women's Health February 2, 2021; Environmental Factors Involved in Maternal Morbidity and Mortality Journal of Women's Health February 2, 2021; Enhancing Obstetric Safety Through Best Practices Journal of Women's Health February 2, …

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Advancing Science for the Health of Women

Research that is relevant to the health of women is supported across NIH Institutes and Centers. The Office of Research on Women’s Health, as the focal point for this crucial trans-NIH endeavor, has developed a 5-year strategic plan to provide a framework for coordinating NIH efforts to advance science for the health of women.

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Coordinating Committee Members

Women’s health research and efforts to advance the careers of women in biomedicine are being performed across the NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices, as well as in other agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the private sector.

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