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Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH)

National Health Observances

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Research on breast cancer has helped advance early detection, diagnosis, and treatment options now available.. Ongoing research will continue to advance understanding about breast cancer

Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Research on violence against women at NIH is coordinated by ORWH and the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences. VAW research is reported annually through the NIH Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools (RePORT).


National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
Scientific research is working to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer. Read the statement by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about risk factors, early detection, and how the Affordable Care Act can help with annual well-woman visits.


National Women’s Health Week
ORWH coordinates National Women’s Health Week at NIH, with activities beginning on Monday, May 13. Read HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebeiliusí message about National Women’s Health Week.


Minority Health Awareness Month
Learn more about minority health research supported by NIH. Resources on minority health from NIH are available here.


National Kidney Month
Risk factors for kidney disease; race ethnicity and kidney disease; evaluating and managing patients with kidney disease and other informative resources are available from the National Kidney Disease Education Program.

Women’s History Month
Creating ORWH is one of many contributions by women to research on women’s health. Learn more about important ORWH milestones and the women who worked to accomplish them, as well as ORWH’s continuing commitment to research on women’s health.


National Heart Health Awareness Month
Take action. Prevent heart disease, the #1 killer of women. Learn more from the Heart Truth® campaign produced by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute and other partners. Dr. Clayton, ORWH director, explains the unique qualities that can make women more prone to heart disease than men.


Cervical Health Awareness Month
Read about advances explains the unique qualities that can make women more prone to heart disease than men.

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This page last reviewed on June 8, 2015