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Programs and activities

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 innovative programs.

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and Women’s Health Symposium

The HHS Office on Women’s Health conducted the virtual Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and Women’s Health Symposium on July 18 – 19, 2023. The symposium featured federal and non-federal stakeholders in the fields of research, prevention, and treatment focusing on the impact of endocrine disrupting chemicals on women’s health and exploring actionable solutions and addressing evidence to policy and practice gaps.

Talking Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression (PPD) is a common mental health condition that can affect anyone. About 1 in 8 women report symptoms of PPD in the year after giving birth. While it can feel hard or lonely, support for PPD is available.

Solutions to Prevent Human Trafficking Among Women and Girls

The HHS Office on Women’s Health is seeking innovative ways to address human trafficking prevention among women and girls in the United States through the HHS Innovation Challenge to Prevent Human Trafficking Among Women and Girls.

Stronger than Sarcopenia

Beginning at age 30, the body naturally starts to lose 3–5% of muscle mass per decade. If muscle loss worsens, it can advance to a condition called Sarcopenia.

Active Duty and Veteran Women's Health

An effort to increase awareness of the unique health needs of active duty and veteran women and to address the education and training needs of the health professionals who care for them

HHS Hypertension Innovator Award Competition

Innovative methods of blood pressure monitoring and follow-up in women during pregnancy and/or postpartum.

HPV VAX NOW Campaign

A campaign for young adults and their health care providers focused on improving young adult HPV vaccination rates in Mississippi, South Carolina, and Texas.

It's Only Natural

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

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

Maternal Health

The White House has released the Biden-Harris Administration’s Blueprint for Addressing the Maternal Health Crisis, a whole-of-government approach to combatting maternal mortality and morbidity. For far too many mothers, complications related to pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum can lead to devastating health outcomes — including hundreds of deaths each year. Check out the fact sheet.

Maternal Morbidity and Mortality Data and Analysis Initiative

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office on Women's Health (OWH) initiated an $8 million nationwide contract with Premier, Inc. to improve maternal health data and create a network of at least 200 hospitals to deploy clinical, evidence-based best practices in maternity care.

Reducing Disparities in Breastfeeding Innovation Challenge

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), Office on Women's Health (OWH) is seeking innovative ways to increase breastfeeding initiation and continuation rates and decrease disparities among breastfeeding mothers in the United States.

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

Women and Opioids
Women and Opioids

An effort to examine the unique prevention, treatment, and recovery issues for women who misuse opioids, which builds on HHS's comprehensive five-point strategy to combat the opioid crisis