Programs and activities

To achieve our mission, the Office on Women's Health leads a wide range of activities and programs that inform and advance policies, educate the public and health professionals, and support model programs.

Breast Cancer Patient Education

An education campaign to inform breast cancer patients anticipating mastectomy about the availability and coverage of breast reconstruction and prostheses if they choose that option


Coalition for a Healthier Community

A gender-based, public health systems approach grant initiative to address health disparities that affect women and girls



College Sexual Assault Policy and Prevention Initiative

A cooperative agreement to put policies and practices in place that help prevent sexual assaults on campus


Educate and Train Health Care Providers on Intimate Partner Violence

A series of free, online, e-learning courses under development and testing to educate and train health care providers on how to screen for and address intimate partner violence



Female Genital Cutting (FGC) Community-Centered Health Care and Prevention Project

An initiative to prevent FGC in girls at risk and address the adverse health issues of FGC among women who reside in the United States


Healthy Weight in Lesbian and Bisexual Women Demonstration Program

A program that tests innovative and culturally sensitive ways to help lesbians and bisexual women achieve a healthy weight



HIV Prevention Toolkit: A Gender-Responsive Approach

A toolkit to help program managers integrate gender into HIV prevention programs and support services for U.S. women and adolescent girls


Impact Assessment on Behavioral Health

A mixed methods study to examine the impact of the Bakken oil development on the physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing of women in western North Dakota and eastern Montana



Intersection of HIV and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)

A training under development to build the capacity of IPV service providers and advocates and HIV service providers and counselors to integrate HIV risk reduction practices and violence safety planning services for women into their respective practices


Interventions to Address Adverse Childhood Experiences and Healthy Weight in Disadvantaged Women: Phase 1

A trial to test trauma-informed interventions to encourage women with adverse childhood experiences to achieve a healthy weight



It’s Only Natural

A campaign for African-American women and their families to learn more about the health benefits of breastfeeding


Know The Facts First

A public health awareness campaign to provide teen girls (ages 13–19) with accurate information about STDs and STD prevention so that they can make informed decisions about sexual activity



Make the Call. Don’t Miss a Beat.

A campaign for women about the seven most common symptoms of a heart attack and to encourage them to call 911 when symptoms arise


National Prevention Partnership Awards (NPPA) – Women's Health Projects

A grant program to promote and accelerate partnerships, catalyzing collaborations in improving health through access to, and use of, preventive services across the United States



National Women's Health Week

OWH's annual signature health observance to encourage women to make their health a priority


National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

OWH's annual observance to shed light on the impact of HIV and AIDS on women and girls



Quick Health Data Online

An online system that provides state- and county-level health data by sex, and race and ethnicity, to inform policies and programs


Stop, Observe, Ask, and Respond (SOAR): Combating Human Trafficking Initiative

An OWH-supported training for health care professionals to learn how to recognize and effectively respond to victims of human trafficking



Supporting Nursing Moms at Work: Employer Solutions

An online resource that provides businesses with cost-effective tips and solutions to support nursing moms at work


The IPV Provider Network: Engaging the Health Care Provider Response to Interpersonal Violence (IPV) Against Women

A grant program to test and evaluate the integration of IPV assessment and intervention into primary care, and encourage collaborations between health care providers and IPV service programs in the community



Trauma-Informed Care for Health Care Providers

Evidence-based, pilot-tested, and interactive clinical cases under development for health care providers to learn more about treating patients with a history of trauma


Women and HIV/AIDS: Vision Forward

A report, Strategies for Improving the Lives of Women Age 40 and Above Living with HIV/AIDS, that will describe opportunities to strengthen program activities to a broad range of stakeholders



Women and Opioids

An effort to examine the unique prevention, treatment, and recovery issues for women who misuse opioids, which builds on the HHS Secretary's Initiative aimed at reducing prescription opioid and heroin related overdose, death, and dependence