Office on Women's Health Blog

HHS Expands Access to Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is announcing it will publish Practice Guidelines for the Administration of Buprenorphine for Treating Opioid Use Disorder*, to expand access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) by exempting physicians from certain certification requirements needed to prescribe buprenorphine for opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment.

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Dr. Nancy C. Lee

Share Your Story and Help Make a Difference

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

It takes courage to share a personal story, but they often are the most powerful. They inspire us, stick with us, and change the way we think about the world. Personal stories also remind us that we are not alone.

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Family Health History, a Priceless Gift to You and Your Family

Rear Admiral Boris Lushniak

Why is it important to discuss your family's health history? Diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease often run in families. Tracing the illnesses of your parents, grandparents, and other blood relatives can help your healthcare practitioner predict your risk for specific diseases and make vital screening and treatment decisions before any disease is evident.

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Time to Get Covered

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

The last thing anyone should have to worry about is health coverage and how they will find a plan that fits their needs and budget. Luckily, you don't have to — Marketplace Open Enrollment for 2015 starts today!

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Let's Commit To Ending Domestic Violence

Doris Matsui

One out of every three women in the United States will experience some form of domestic violence in her lifetime. This is unacceptable, and we as a nation must do better. We can start by bringing the conversation out of the shadows. We must erase the stigma associated with domestic violence. That is why national Domestic Violence Awareness Month is so important.

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Domestic Violence: A Provider Perspective

Dr. Sabrina Matoff-Stepp, Sarah Linde

Identifying current or past abusive and traumatic experiences can help prevent further abuse, lessen disability, and lead to improved health status. Because health care providers are often trusted resources in their communities, they are in a unique position to connect individuals who experience IPV with supportive local services — as HRSA's Chief Public Health Officer (and family physician) RADM Sarah Linde knows all too well.

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Shining Light on Violence Against Women

Shining Light on Violence Against Women

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

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Breast Cancer Fast Facts

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control

Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. Getting mammograms regularly can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer.

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Empowering Women Through Affordable Health Coverage

Judy Sarasohn

Women are often the health care decision-makers in their families and communities.

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Turning 26 Soon? Start Birthday Shopping for Health Insurance Now!

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

Were you — or was someone you love — born in late 1988? Start birthday shopping for health insurance now! Why? Because turning 26 means you can no longer be covered under your parents' health insurance plans.

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Reflections on the 30th Anniversary of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act

Marylouise Kelley

In 1982, I remember standing on the porch of the Crisis Center in Manhattan, Kan., with my four-year-old son and five-year-old daughter, waiting to meet the domestic violence advocate who answered my call for help to escort us to a local shelter.

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