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Women's Health Program

Why Women's Health? 

Women’s health has long been associated with reproductive health but there are many other areas that the ODH  women’s health program also works to address. Because women are under-represented as research subjects, many issues particular to women’s health have gone undetected and therefore untreated.  Women, on average, live eight years longer than men. This can affect the course of chronic illnesses as well as long term care issues. The changing role of women in society has had a large impact on women’s health and well being, and there are a number of issues that affect a women’s ability to access needed health care. Reproductive health and issues related to violence against women also uniquely affect women. Women are often the primary caregivers in their homes and are often the ones making health care decisions for others in their family. These all have implications for broader women’s health needs.

Women's HealthThe Women’s Health Program supports education to students and the general community about women’s health and resources to professional working with women’s health in their communities, as well as training and policy work related to domestic violence.  A team effort, linking Ohio’s Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant (PHHSBG) and the Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant (MCH) leverages funds and expand and integrate efforts to provide information on reproductive health, violence against women, and the prevention of chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease and modifiable risk factors,

Women’s health activities are funded in up to 24 counties in Ohio providing education in elementary, middle schools, high schools, colleges and the community. Additional support is provided for the annual women’s health week, women’s health newsletter and website information, the ODH women’s information line, and implementation of a domestic violence policy and training.

Women's Health Program Activities

  • Provide education on women’s health for children, adolescents and adults, including professionals.
  • Provide domestic violence awareness activities for state employees.
  • Provide training and information for service providers regarding providing coordinated and appropriate women’s health services.

For more information, visit the Women's Health program web site.

Last Reviewed 4/30/13