5 Tips: Breastfeeding After Maternity Leave



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What's one of the biggest hurdles mothers face when breastfeeding? Returning to work. Here are five things that will make the transitions easier… Read the full post

Dr. Nancy C. Lee, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health - Women's Health and Director, Office on Women's Health


4 Vaccines for a Healthier Teen



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Do you know which vaccines your teen needs? Here's the list of four vaccines recommended for almost all adolescents.… Read the full post

Dr. Nancy C. Lee, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health - Women's Health and Director, Office on Women's Health, Evelyn Kappeler, Director, Office of Adolescent Health, and Dr. Bruce Gellin, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health and Director, National Vaccine Program Office


Remembering Rachel



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When Rachel passed, the funeral had to be held at a bigger chapel than originally planned. The cards and letters were overwhelming… Read the full post

Larry Minnix, President and CEO, LeadingAge


Medicaid: 50 Years of Helping People Like Me



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Last week, I took time off work for a routine medical exam. I need assistance with daily activities like dressing and bathing, but I went alone… Read the full post

Nadia Ibrahim, Public Health Analyst, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration


Make a Difference in the Lives of the Men You Love



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Why are we talking about men's health on a women's health website? Because men's health affects women in some pretty significant ways… Read the full post

Ana N. Fadich, MPH, CHES - Vice President, Men's Health Network


7 Tips for Staying Safe in the Sun



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A few years ago I had a small skin cancer removed, making me one of the nearly 5 million people treated for skin cancer every year in the United States … Read the full post

Dr. Nancy C. Lee, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health - Women's Health and Director, Office on Women's Health


What It's Like Living With Endometriosis



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The pain got worse and worse. Eventually it was unbearable. Sex was impossible. I felt exhausted all the time. There were many times when I couldn't get out of bed."… Read the full post

Dr. Nancy C. Lee, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health - Women's Health and Director, Office on Women's Health


How ABC's Tory Johnson Became a Healthier Woman



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It's been three years since the conversation that changed my life. My boss at ABC News told me I needed to "lose weight or lose my job."… Read the full post

Tory Johnson, author, entrepreneur, and contributor on ABC's Good Morning America


5 Things to Know: Planning for a Healthy Retirement



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May is clearly my month! We focus on my kind of people: older women. As wise as I feel, there are things we wish we had known when we were younger… Read the full post

Barbara J. Easterling, President, Alliance for Retired Americans


Start the Conversation: Time to Talk With Your Teen



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Did you know that, as a parent, you have a strong impact on whether your teen makes healthy decisions? This includes decisions about sex…Read the full post

Evelyn M. Kappeler, Director, HHS Office of Adolescent Health


Eliminating Hepatitis B in the U.S. — Mothers Matter!



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Although transmission of hepatitis B from mother to baby is preventable, an estimated 952 infants in the United States were infected perinatally in 2009 … Read the full post

Corinna Dan, R.N., M.P.H., Viral Hepatitis Policy Advisor, Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


5 Small Changes That Can Improve Your Health in Your 20s, 30s, and Beyond



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Sometimes it feels like being healthy is just a list of things we shouldn't do. The no's can steal the joy out of life. What if we told ourselves "yes" instead? … Read the full post

Dr. Nancy C. Lee, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health — Women's Health and Director, Office on Women's Health


Things I Wish I'd Known When I Was Younger



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I am 64 years old. There, I admit it. Now that I am older, I'd like to share some of my thoughts on things I wish someone had told me when I was younger… Read the full post

Dr. Nancy C. Lee, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health — Women's Health and Director, Office on Women's Health


Happy Mother's Day! (cringe)



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Why would a woman would cringe at that? Maybe she recently lost a child or suffered a miscarriage. Maybe she misses her mother. But often, it's because she's experiencing infertility … Read the full post

Beth A. Collins Sharp, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, Director, Division of Program Innovation, Office on Women's Health


5 Nerdy Things You Should Know About Birth Control



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Birth control — 99% of women have used it. Yet it continues to be a taboo subject. Here's the thing about taboos: They make it easier for myths to
spread … Read the full post

Liz Sabatiuk, Senior Manager of Digital Media, The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy


Talking to Your Kids About Sexual Assault



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Sexual assault. It's an ugly topic, and one that is difficult to talk about. But we must face the reality that the kids in our lives may be at risk … Read the full post

Dr. Nancy C. Lee, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health — Women's Health and Director, Office on Women's Health


Prescription Painkillers: Know the Risks



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Prescription drug overdoses are on the rise among women. Prescription opioid misuse and abuse resulted in over 200,000 emergency room visits in 2010, twice as … Read the full post

Babette Couser, M.B.A., Program Specialist, Office on Women's Health


Minority Health Month: Making Progress on Health Disparities



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Half a century ago, our nation was in the midst of a Civil Rights revolution. Since then, we've reached several milestones: the 50th anniversary of the Civil … Read the full post

Sylvia Mathews Burwell, HHS Secretary


Stop STIs: Six Steps to Safer Sex



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Whether you call them STIs or STDs, one thing is true: Women are at risk of infection. Protecting yourself is an important part of staying healthy … Read the full post

Dr. Nancy C. Lee, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health — Women's Health and Director, Office on Women's Health


Teens' Use of Birth Control



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If you're a teen and are having sex, you need to know the most effective options for preventing pregnancy. Title X family planning center providers can help … Read the full post

Susan B. Moskosky, M.S., WHNP-BC, Acting Director, Office of Population Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services


Kissing and Hurting



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My rape changed everything: my relationships, my life goals, and how I viewed the world. The world became a place where trust could be broken … Read the full post

Katie Koestner, Survivor, Activist, and Author


Your Kid Deserves a Shot at a Healthy Life



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Measles is one of the most contagious diseases around, and getting vaccinated is the best way to protect against getting infected. In the United States, we have more than 50 years of experience with the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine — also known as the MMR vaccine … Read the full post

Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., U.S. Surgeon General


Breaking Down Stigma — I Care About HIV/AIDS



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I am not HIV-positive. But I care. In fact, I think it is vitally important for all of us to care about the well-being of those that are living with HIV/AIDS. After all, we care about people with cancer. We care about people with Alzheimer's and diabetes. But a stigma remains when it comes to HIV and AIDS … Read the full post

Gail T. Crockett, AIDS United Board of Trustees


Stepping Out of the Shadows, Together for Women & Girls



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Today, the Office of National AIDS Policy, Office of the Vice President, and the White House Council on Women and Girls commemorate the 10th observance of National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Along with other federal, national, and community organizations and advocates, today we celebrate our accomplishments to date in improving the lives of women and girls affected by HIV and recognize the work still ahead … Read the full post

Tina Tchen, Executive Director, White House Council on Women and Girls, Douglas M. Brooks, Director, Office of National AIDS Policy, and Carrie Bettinger-Lopez, White House Advisor on Violence Against Women


HIV/AIDS: In Their Own Words



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Today, about 1 in 4 people living with HIV in the United States are women. Each woman touched by HIV/AIDS needs our support and our understanding. They need family, friends, and treatment. And they need us to listen to their stories … Read the full post

Dr. Nancy C. Lee, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health — Women's Health and Director, Office on Women's Health


Life After an AIDS Diagnosis



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I don't think anything can prepare you for the moment when they unveil the piece of paper that contains your fate. Even though the odds seemed to be against me, I was not prepared to be told I had HIV. Turns out, the doctor had worse news: It was actually an AIDS diagnosis and the doctor gave me 3 to 6 months to live … Read the full post

Martha Sichone Cameron, Policy & Advocacy Manager, The Women's Collective


That's Why I Call It Crazy Love



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A few weeks before I met the man who physically abused me, I told my roommate I'd never be stupid enough to let a man beat me. I wish I'd known that abusers never hit you on the first date … Read the full post

Leslie Morgan Steiner, author of Crazy Love


What It Feels Like When a Woman Has a Heart Attack



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What do you see when you imagine a heart attack? Does the victim — probably a man — stop what he's doing, clutch his chest, and fall to the floor? We call that the "Hollywood Heart Attack." It doesn't paint the most accurate picture, particularly for women. The truth is: Heart attacks can be much harder to spot. Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States. More women than men die from their heart attacks … Read the full post

Dr. Nancy C. Lee, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health — Women's Health and Director, Office on Women's Health


It Happened To Me



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Just a month before my 27th birthday, my world stopped. It was Christmastime, and most everyone around me was preparing for the holiday festivities; but not me … Read the full post

Michelle Whitlock, author of How I Lost My Uterus and Found My Voice


Is Your Manicure Making Someone Sick?



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I chose to become a manicurist to provide for my family. Although there are many good things about the job, there are also significant hazards … Read the full post

Chanh Hang


No One Should Be for Sale



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Human trafficking is modern-day slavery. It is insidious, widespread, and profitable — and affects more than 20 million men, women, and children around the world … Read the full post

By Rochelle Rollins, Ph.D., M.P.H., Human Trafficking Health Policy Advisor, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services


Don't Let Little Health Problems Turn Into Big Ones



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Getting covered may not seem like a priority if you're young and healthy and your budget is tight, but insurance is one of the best ways for you to take control of your health. Having health insurance is empowering! It's your ticket to preventive benefits … Read the full post

Dr. Nancy C. Lee, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health — Women's Health and Director, Office on Women's Health


Putting Down My Phone: A Resolution



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A few months ago, I took a fall. What made this different — and a bit humbling — was I doing something millions of Americans do every day. I was on my phone … Read the full post

Dr. Nancy C. Lee, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health — Women's Health and Director, Office on Women's Health


Elena's #GetCovered Story: Pursuing Her Dream to Farm



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The St. Luis Valley can be very cold and the life of a farmer here is not easy, but that has always been my dream. My family arrived in the valley in the 1860's and was among the first Hispanic settlers to come here. I'm the sixth generation of a proud family of farmers. It was a hard dream to pursue without health insurance … Read the full post

Elena Miller-TerKuile, 27, La Jara, Colorado


6 Tips for Healthy Aging



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Aging is a natural part of life, and it's up to us to make the most of it. To me, that means being active and feeling my best. No matter your age, you can feel your best, too! Here are six easy ways you can stay active and healthy in 2015 … Read the full post

Dr. Nancy C. Lee, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health — Women's Health and Director, Office on Women's Health


Season's Eatings



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I am generally a healthy eater and try to exercise frequently, but all of the tasty treats available this time of year do make it a challenge … Read the full post

Anne Wheaton, Wife, mother, blogger, rescue pet advocate


Say "No" to Holiday Stress



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Welcome to the holiday season, an annual test of endurance for many women. The key to making it through, is to make choices that will eliminate the big stressors. Here’s my guide to a less stressful holiday season … Read the full post

Beth A. Collins Sharp, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, Director, Division of Program Innovation, Office on Women's Health


Our Women Veterans Today



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Did you know that there are more than 2.2 million women Veterans in the United States? Yet many do not know that they may be eligible for health care and other benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). If a woman has served, she deserves the services and benefits she has earned. … Read the full post

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs


Our #GetCovered Story: Insurance Let Us Get Through a Health Crisis Together



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In July 2013, my wife Sharon was diagnosed with both lung and breast cancer. My immediate thought was that I would need to resign from my job as a vice president for sales of an education company in order to become a full-time caregiver. … Read the full post

Earnest Evans, 59, and Sharon Evans, 57, Chicago


Best Bones Forever!



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I never imagined I would dance on the White House lawn with the First Lady. Who knew building strong bones could be so much fun? Thanks to Best Bones Forever!, OWH's bone health campaign for girls, and its focus on friendship and fun, our team got to do this and more. … Read the full post

Ann Abercrombie, Program Manager, Office on Women's Health


Share Your Story and Help Make a Difference



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It takes courage to share a personal story, but they often are the most powerful. They inspire us, stick with us, and change the way we think about the world. Personal stories also remind us that we are not alone … Read the full post

Dr. Nancy C. Lee, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health — Women's Health and Director, Office on Women's Health


Time to Get Covered



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The last thing anyone should have to worry about is health coverage and how they will find a plan that fits their needs and budget. Luckily, you don't have to — Marketplace Open Enrollment for 2015 starts today! … Read the full post

Dr. Nancy C. Lee, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health — Women's Health and Director, Office on Women's Health


Family Health History, a Priceless Gift to You and Your Family



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Why is it important to discuss your family's health history? Diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease often run in families. Tracing the illnesses of your parents, grandparents, and other blood relatives can help your healthcare practitioner predict your risk for specific diseases and make vital screening and treatment decisions before any disease is evident … Read the full post

Rear Admiral Boris Lushniak, Acting U.S. Surgeon General


Let's Commit To Ending Domestic Violence



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One out of every three women in the United States will experience some form of domestic violence in her lifetime. This is unacceptable, and we as a nation must do better. We can start by bringing the conversation out of the shadows. We must erase the stigma associated with domestic violence. That is why national Domestic Violence Awareness Month is so important … Read the full post

Doris Matsui, Director, Congresswoman (CA-06)


Domestic Violence: A Provider Perspective



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Identifying current or past abusive and traumatic experiences can help prevent further abuse, lessen disability, and lead to improved health status. Because health care providers are often trusted resources in their communities, they are in a unique position to connect individuals who experience IPV with supportive local services — as HRSA's Chief Public Health Officer (and family physician) RADM Sarah Linde knows all too well … Read the full post

Dr. Sabrina Matoff-Stepp, Director, Office of Women's Health, Health Resources and Services Administration and Sarah Linde, M.D., Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Chief Public Health Officer


Shining Light on Violence Against Women



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Domestic violence has been in the news a lot lately. New research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows how staggering the problem is: over 38 million women in the United States experience violence at the hand of a husband, boyfriend, or other partner during their lifetime. Or another way to think about it: one in five women will experience IPV during her life … Read the full post

Dr. Nancy C. Lee, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health — Women's Health and Director, Office on Women's Health


Breast Cancer Fast Facts



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Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. Getting mammograms regularly can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer … Read the full post

CDC, Cancer Prevention and Control


Empowering Women Through Affordable Health Coverage



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Affordable, quality health coverage is changing women's lives. Women like Betsy Furler, a health care professional and a mom in Houston, whose family couldn't find affordable health insurance. Betsy used to take jobs just for the health benefits, while working to establish her own speech therapy business … Read the full post

Judy Sarasohn, Public Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services


Turning 26 Soon? Start Birthday Shopping for Health Insurance Now!



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Were you — or was someone you love — born in late 1988? Start birthday shopping for health insurance now! Why? Because turning 26 means you can no longer be covered under your parents' health insurance plans … Read the full post

Dr. Nancy C. Lee, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health — Women's Health and Director, Office on Women's Health


Reflections on the 30th Anniversary of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act



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In 1982, I remember standing on the porch of the Crisis Center in Manhattan, Kan., with my four-year-old son and five-year-old daughter, waiting to meet the domestic violence advocate who answered my call for help to escort us to a local shelter … Read the full post

Marylouise Kelley, Ph.D., Director, Family Violence Prevention and Services Program, Family and Youth Services Bureau, Administration for Children and Families


Breast Pumps and Insurance Coverage: What You Need To Know



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We've got the information you're searching for about breast pumps and insurance coverage … Read the full post

Dr. Nancy C. Lee, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health — Women's Health and Director, Office on Women's Health


It's On Us



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Today, I took a pledge to help end sexual assault on college campuses. As a woman, mother and the Director of the Office on Women's Health, this is a deeply personal issue for me. Before I ask you to join me in taking this pledge, here are the facts … Read the full post

Dr. Nancy C. Lee, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health — Women's Health and Director, Office on Women's Health


Suicide Is on My Mind



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I'm a survivor of suicide. For me, that means that I've attempted to end my life by suicide and survived the death of my aunt who ended her life with a gun … Read the full post

Kimberly Konkel, MSW, Associate Director for Health, Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships


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