OWH News: Four Additional Awards to Prevent Opioid Misuse Among Women and Girls

As part of the administration's efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office on Women's Health (OWH) made four additional awards to the 16 that were announced in July 2017. Like the previous awards, the four new awards go to public and private nonprofit entities to address the primary and/or secondary prevention of prescription and illegal opioid misuse by women across the lifespan.

The four organizations each receiving awards of approximately $100,000 are:

Moms Can Help Girls Get Moving

Being a parent is an awesome responsibility. We're our kids' first — and most important — role models, and we're their biggest cheerleaders. But when it comes to getting exercise and being physically active, are we cheering our kids on enough?

Nicole Greene

VA Makes Strides in Serving Women Veterans

When I came home from Iraq in 2004, I often felt invisible as a woman soldier. When I left the Army to care for my combat-wounded spouse a year later, that same sense of not being fully recognized or treated equally persisted when I first sought care at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). That's not particularly surprising: Back in 2005, while women made up 15% of the military, we were less than 6% of patients getting care in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Many providers and facilities were ill-prepared to serve us equitably.

How OWH Is Fighting the Opioid Epidemic

Whether you watch, read, or scroll to get your news, you have undoubtedly seen the reports — our country is in the midst of an epidemic of overdose and deaths as a result of opioid misuse. In 2015, 33,091 Americans died as a result of opioid overdoses. That's higher than the number of people killed in motor vehicle accidents, and it's a 15.6% increase from the previous year.

An Interview About Breastfeeding: Lauren Sogor

One of the first decisions all moms have to make is how they're going to feed their babies. For National Breastfeeding Month, we interviewed a mom who decided to breastfeed. Lauren Sogor is the proud mom of a 10-month-old girl. From the joys to the challenges, she shares her experiences breastfeeding and offers her tips for pumping at work.

Lauren Sogor works in health policy communications and lives in Virginia with her husband, their 10-month-old daughter, two rambunctious dogs, and a cat.