Congresswoman Beatty Observes National Women's Health Week
Congresswoman Beatty Observes National Women’s Health Week
Each year, beginning on Mother’s Day, our country observes National Women’s Health Week (NWHW). This year, NWHW runs from May 13th through May 19th. To mark the week-long initiative, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) issued the following statement:
“Every woman should make their health a higher priority. That is why, I encourage women to be sure to visit their doctor for preventive screenings and wellness exams, exercising daily, eating smarter and getting enough sleep. In that spirit, I join like-minded individuals and organizations across the country in recognizing National Women’s Health Week, and I urge all women to take time to better prioritize their overall health and health outcomes this week and all year long.”
Of note, in the last Congress, Congresswoman Beatty introduced bipartisan legislation, the Enhancing Minority and Women Representation in NIH Medical Research Act, that would reduce and help eliminate gender and racial health disparities by improving clinical trial research diversity. Although current federal law requires the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to have minority and women participation in clinical trial research, diversity in clinical trials is still lacking. For example, heart disease kills roughly one in three women each year, but only 24 percent of participants in all heart-related studies are women, according to the American Heart Association.
For nearly two decades, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office on Women’s Health has led NWHW. For more information on NWHW please visit HHS’ website, and be sure to join the conversation online by using #NWHW.