Office on Women's Health Blog
Healthcare and Women
Motherhood is full of choices, and one of the first decisions to make is how you're going to feed your baby. The choice between breastfeeding and formula feeding is a personal one. My choice was to breastfeed, and I quickly learned why they call breastfeeding a journey.
Although Amanda Waddle comes heavily padded when she takes to the ice for her hockey league, that doesn't mean she can't get hurt. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Amanda was one of the more than 3 million young adults who were able to be covered by their parents' health insurance plans. But when she aged off her parent's plan on her 26th birthday last November, going without coverage wasn't an option she was willing to consider.
Despite the perception that breast cancer is only something older women need to worry about, young women can and do get breast cancer. I myself was a young woman at high risk, but didn't know it. Just months after a clean mammogram, in late 2007, I heard those terrible words, "You have breast cancer".
Stefania Fochi works with heavy machinery every day at her family's empanada and pasta business. Having almost caught her hand in a 2,000-pound kneader and without health insurance, she's had to ask herself — more than once — "If I had to go to the emergency room, what would I do?"
Despite an encouraging decrease in new HIV infections among black women (21 percent between 2008 and 2010), if the current trend continues, 1 in 32 black women will be infected with HIV in their lifetimes.
Did you know that half of pregnancies in the U.S. are not planned? And did you know that planned pregnancies are better for mothers' and infants' health? That's why the U.S. Office of Population Affairs and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released formal recommendations on family planning services. I spoke with Susan B. Moskosky, acting director of the Office of Population Affairs, to learn more about quality family planning and why it matters.
Be an influencer! Research shows women influence the habits of those around them. When we set a positive example by prioritizing our own health, we encourage others to make healthy choices, too — including our kids. Fortunately, it's never been easier for women to take control of their health.
Your health isn't just important to you — it's important to us, too. For the past 30 years, the HHS Coordinating Committee on Women's Health (CCWH) has been leading the charge to help women and girls achieve the best possible health.
Now is a critical time to act on opportunities to combat viral hepatitis. We urge you to share these information resources with colleagues, family, healthcare providers, and community leaders. By raising awareness about viral hepatitis among Hispanic/Latino communities—and all communities who are living with undiagnosed, untreated disease—we can save the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals.
Calling all women! Join me in celebrating National Women's Health Week — it's your time to take control of your health!