December 21, 2020

Woman wearing a mask to protect from COVID in the middle of a busy intersection.On January 27, 2021, at 11 a.m. ET, ORWH will launch a new virtual lecture series titled “Diverse Voices: COVID-19 and the Health of Women.” In the first session of the series, Ana Langer, M.D., the director of the Women and Health Initiative (W&HI) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Jewel Gausman, Sc.D., M.H.S., a research associate at the W&HI, will lead a plain-language discussion of topics explored in their commentary article “Sex and Gender Disparities in the COVID-19 Pandemic,” recently published in the Journal of Women’s Health

Although fewer women are dying from COVID-19 than men, the speakers posit that this finding may mask serious differences between women and men in disease presentation, progression, and outcomes. Drs. Langer and Gausman will discuss the necessity of studying the pandemic and associated policies through a sex-and-gender lens, particularly with regard to disadvantaged populations and resource-poor communities, where women are especially vulnerable. The lecture will also consider how existing health and social services can support women during the pandemic, especially women who are informal caregivers.

This virtual event is open to the public. To attend, please register here