White House launches Women’s Health Research Initiative led by Jill Biden

US First Lady Jill Biden | Credits: Getty Images
US First Lady Jill Biden | Credits: Getty Images

United States: The White House has announced its first-ever initiative for the improvement of women’s health research in the United States. The latest announcement has addressed health disparities and inequities and will focus on the approaches and funds for research.

According to the White House, the initiative will be spearheaded by US First Lady Jill Biden, EdD and the White House Gender Policy Council. Additionally, it will be chaired by Carolyn M Mazure, Ph. D., founder and director of Yale School of Medicine’s Women’s Health Research, the Norma Weinberg Spungen and Joan Lebson Bildner Professor in Women’s Health Research and professor of psychiatry and psychology at Yale University.

The initiative was addressed by the President of the United States, Joe Biden, during a press release. According to the authorities, Biden was quoted saying, “I have always believed in the power of research to save lives as well as ensuring that the citizens of the United States get the high-quality health care they need. To achieve scientific breakthroughs and strengthen our ability to prevent, detect and treat diseases, we have to be bold.”

White House launches Women’s Health Research Initiative led by Jill Biden | Credits: AP

“That’s why we’re establishing a new White House Initiative on Women’s Health Research so that my administration — from the National Institutes of Health to the Department of Defense — does everything we can to drive innovation in women’s health and close research gaps,” he added.

What exactly is the initiative?

The White House briefed that the initiative on Women’s Health Research will focus on raising information and awareness about women’s health knowledge, including diseases and health conditions linked to women’s perimenopausal and menopausal years.

The details about the initiative are as follows:

  • Open opportunities for career-oriented women to recruit, train and support in the field of health and biomedical research.
  • To identify how many people know about the importance of providing funds and focus on researching and improving women’s health.
  • To open more opportunities for public-private partnerships, engaging research and scientific communities.
  • Create policies for rules and make specific recommendations to fix unfair differences in women’s health to assist in applying new research findings to help both patients and healthcare providers.
  • Assess the government’s research plans to find chances to invest in women’s health. Establish key goals for research investments and enhance collaboration among agencies to focus on women’s health studies.

According to the White House, Jill Biden said, “Research on women’s health has been underfunded for decades, and many conditions that mostly or only affect women, or affect women differently, have received little to no attention. Because of these gaps, we know far too little about how to manage and treat conditions like endometriosis and autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.”

Further, she added, “These gaps are even greater for communities that have historically been excluded from research — including women of color and women with disabilities.”

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