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Women's Health

Resource Brief

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provision effective August 1, 2012 requires free preventive services for women:


Bright Futures for Women’s Health and Wellness
Materials for consumers, clinicians, and communities on physical activity and healthy eating and on emotional wellness. Includes materials in Spanish and materials for young women and for women living in rural areas.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Women’s Health
Women’s health spotlights, research studies, health and wellness resources, statistical snapshots, conferences, and events.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA): For Women
Information on women’s health topics, fact sheets in English, Spanish, and Asian languages, product recalls and alerts, pregnancy registries, research and FDA study findings, and links to women’s health information from other government websites. 

Health Resources and Services (HRSA): Women’s Health
Podcasts, state women's health profiles, materials on the Bright Futures for Women’s Health and Wellness program, women’s health data books, and reports on women’s health in public health school and pharmacy school curricula. The latest data book is: Women’s Health USA 2013.
Conditions, diseases, and women's health issues covered under health topics A-to-Z. Current medical information, news, tools, expert advice, and blog posts also provided via online “health centers” that focus on topics such as midlife, pregnancy, parenting, and breast health.  

Kaiser Family Foundation: Women’s Health Policy
Policy briefs, fact sheets, data, multimedia tutorials, and downloadable graphics and tables on access to care, health insurance coverage, reproductive health, and other topics.

Making the Grade on Women’s Health: A National and State-by-State Report Card
National and state data on key indicators of women’s health, including access to care, wellness and prevention services, key health conditions, and living in a healthy community. Among other health status indicators, this report looks at mentally unhealthy days and activity limitation days for national results and for state results. It is provided by the National Women’s Law Center and Oregon Health and Sciences University.

Medline Plus: Women’s Health
Overviews of women’s health issues, health-check tools, research findings, statistics, reference tools, and links.

National Institutes of Health (NIH): Office of Research on Women’s Health
Reports, journal articles, NIH research priorities for women, and interdisciplinary initiatives that focus on gender factors in health. 

National Institutes of Health (NIH): Women’s Health
Links to women’s health information provided by the various NIH institutes. To better find health information, use the Browse A-Z menu, or the Sub-menu links– Condition Information, NICHD Research Information, Find a Study, and Resources and Publications.

National Library of Medicine (NLM): Women’s Health Resources 
Resources related to health topics, research initiatives, and overarching themes of the 2011 NIH Priorities for Women’s Health.

Our Bodies Ourselves
Women's health programs, publications, and links to the Women's Health Information and Resource Center, which includes, excerpts from Our Bodies Ourselves series of books, Web-exclusive content, links, resources, and health news.
Federal government source for women’s health information in English and Spanish on more than 800 health topics.  Provides news, an event calendar, online publications, and links to women’s health information and organizations. organizations and working groups. Materials also available upon request in Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Tagalog, Russian, Arabic, Haitian Creole, French, Polish, Portuguese, Italian, German, Japanese, and Farsi. It is provided by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health.

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Women's Health: Resource Brief. (November 2014. Updated: March 2020).

Authors: Beth DeFrancis Sun, M.L.S.; Olivia K. Pickett, M.A., M.L.S., MCH Digital Library

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U02MC31613, MCH Advanced Education Policy, $3.5 M. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.