Putting science to work for the health of women
Women's health research is an essential part of the NIH research agenda. The field includes the study of health throughout the lifespan and across the spectrum of scientific investigations.
Sex/gender influence health and disease, and considering these factors in research informs the development of prevention strategies and treatment interventions for both women and men.
Women’s health research and efforts to advance the careers of women in biomedicine are being performed across the NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices, as well as in other agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the private sector. This section of the ORWH website highlights some of these efforts, which are currently having, or have the potential to have, a substantial impact on the health of women and the advancement of women in the biomedical field.
The NIH Sex as a Biological Variable and Inclusion policies help to ensure that women and female biology in general are factored into every stage of research.
ORWH develops and supports opportunities to recruit, retain, and advance women in biomedical careers, and programs that support both women and men in women's health and sex differences research careers.
ORWH is the first Public Health Service office dedicated specifically to promoting women's health research within and beyond the NIH scientific community.
ORWH works in partnership with NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices (ICOs), as well as other agencies and offices within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to advance the health of women. ORWH highlights the work of these organizations in improving women’s health and serves as the focal point for women's health research at the NIH.
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