Charting a course for the future of women's health in the United States: Concepts, findings and recommendations

Donna M. Strobino, Holly Grason, Cynthia Minkovitz

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The JHU Women's and Children's Health Policy Center, with the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau, undertook a review of the health of women in the United States and invited experts to develop recommendations on health policy, programs, practices and research. The review included published research, program reviews, and policy reports on women's physical health, mental health, and health behaviors, and on the effects of health services, systems and financing on their health. Based on trends in age, ethnic background, education, labor-force participation, marriage and childbearing among women, the results of the reviews, and the experts' consultation, several recommendations were made for a forward looking agenda. They included the need: (1) to focus broadly on women's health, not just during pregnancy; (2) for comprehensive, integrated programs and services addressing women's unique needs; (3) for integrated programs and services across the lifespan; (4) for better provider training about women's unique health needs, the differential effects of particular problems on them, and the consequences of chronic health problems heretofore considered primarily male problems; (5) to eliminate social policies that single out women, particularly pregnant women, for punitive actions; (6) to promote social policies that ensure economic security for women; and (7) for vigorous public health leadership to shape the women's health agenda, recognizing the social and economic context of their lives. The social and economic trends among women in the US and the recommendations for a women's health agenda have relevance to other developed countries as well.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)839-848
Number of pages10
JournalSocial Science and Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2002


  • Health policy
  • Multiple roles
  • US
  • Women's health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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