Office on Women's Health Blog

Dr. Abbey B. Berenson

Parents: 5 Things to Know About HPV and the Vaccine

Dr. Abbey B. Berenson

Parents, you can help protect your child from getting certain HPV-related cancers. How? With a safe and effective vaccine!

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It's Only Natural — Mother's Love. Mother's Milk.

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

It's Minority Health Month! Are you ready for some good news? Breastfeeding rates in the African-American community are on the rise! Sixty-two percent of African-American babies born in 2010 were ever breastfeed — that's up from 47 percent in 2000. OWH is committed to continuing increasing the rate of breastfed babies in the African-American community and helping all families understand the benefits of breastfeeding.

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Sexual Assault: A Crime Against Women's Health

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

In 1974, the women's liberation movement was in full swing. My class at Baylor College of Medicine had over 30 female students, more than in previous years. We felt powerful — like trailblazers doing our share for women and society. But I still wondered: Would it happen to me?

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One in Three: Sexual Assault Affects Too Many Women

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

It might feel scary to ask for help or support, but help is available. Whether you were assaulted recently or many years ago, you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-HOPE (4673) or use the Online Hotline. Both are free, confidential, and open 24/7.

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Creating Trauma-Informed Congregations

Andrea Blanch, Kimberly Konkel

According to national experts convened by SAMHSA, trauma results from events or circumstances that are experienced by an individual as harmful or life threatening and that have lasting adverse effects on mental, physical, social, emotional or spiritual well-being.

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An Interview With a Woman Who Discusses the Facts About Sex With Her Kids: Karen Murphy

As the mother of two teenagers, Karen Murphy understands that an important part of parenting is talking with her kids about sex and STIs. She hopes sharing her story will help other parents tackle these tricky topics with their kids.

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Tips To Help You Make Healthy Choices

Jackie Haven, Dr. Sabrina Matoff-Stepp

Eating healthy may be easier than you think. Just remember, you don't have to make a bunch of changes all at once. Choose a change that you can make today, and start moving toward a healthier you.

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Our Year in Review: Accomplishments in Women's Health

Kathleen Sebelius

Women's History Month reminds us to pay tribute to the generations of women who have contributed to the growth of our nation, in public and private life. As we celebrate Women's History Month and recognize the extraordinary achievements women have made throughout history, I'd also like to reflect on the accomplishments the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has made over the last year to improve the lives of women and girls

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One Woman's Story: Advocating for Women and Girls With HIV/AIDS

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

Tamika Williams, a former professional basketball player, joined us this year as an ambassador. We spoke with her earlier this month to learn why she decided to get involved. For her, it's personal.

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Take Action: National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

Today is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day — a day for action! What are you going to do?

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The First Lady Honors International Women of Courage

Kasie Coccaro

Your business can take easy steps to support breastfeeding! Supporting Nursing Moms at Work: Employer Solutions This site offers cost-effective tips and time and space solutions listed by industry. The Business Case for Breastfeeding This toolkit gives businesses easy steps to make a breast-friendly work environment. You can share the program's information with your supervisor or your company's human resources department.

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