Office on Women's Health Blog

Get the Support You Need To Make Breastfeeding Work

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

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.

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I'm Covered Stories: For This 26-er, Getting Insured Was a "No-brainer"

Judy Sarasohn

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.

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Knowing BRCA Changed My Life

Debbie Wasserman Schultz

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".

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One Woman's Story: Finding Affordable Health Coverage

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

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?"

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Hazel Dean

CDC Encourages African-American Women to #TakeChargeAndTest for #NHTD

Hazel Dean

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.

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How Can We Have Healthier Moms and Babies?

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

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.

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Women: Powerful Influencers

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

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.

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Celebrating 30 Years of Progress in Women's Health

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

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.

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Hepatitis Awareness Month

Raising Awareness About Viral Hepatitis in the Hispanic Community

Michelle Moses-Eisenstein, Corinna Dan

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.

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National Women's Health Week: Join the Celebration!

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

Calling all women! Join me in celebrating National Women's Health Week — it's your time to take control of your health!

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