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The purpose of the Women's Health Program is to improve the health status of Ohio women. The main

objectives are to:

  • Identify issues that affect women's health; develop and implement programs to address the identified issues;
  • Serve as a source of information regarding women's health; and 
  • Act as an advocate for women's health concerns within state government and throughout the state.

 Chronic diseases disproportionately affect women:

  • Chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and stroke, cause more death, illness and disability in the United States than any other cause. Each year, more than 1.7 million Americans die from a chronic disease, accounting for seven out of every 10 deaths.
  • The rise in chronic diseases not only has serious consequences for the nation’s health and healthcare systems, but it also significantly contributes to health care costs. Eighty-six percent of U.S. healthcare spending is on people who have chronic diseases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Thirty-eight percent of women suffer from one or more chronic diseases, compared to thirty percent of men.

Women’s role in health promotion:

  • Despite the health and financial costs related to chronic diseases, they are also among the most preventable of health problems. Just as women face unique health challenges, we must recognize that promoting women’s health and preventing disease can improve health outcomes and quality of care, and reduce costs.
  • Policies that promote women’s health also achieve results that extend beyond healthy women.
    • According to a 2013 report by the National Partnership for Women and Families, women make 80 percent of the health care decisions in their families.  They are key to maintaining healthy families, as women are more likely to be the primary caregivers to children and aging parents alike. 
    • Women take the lead role in choosing health plans, scheduling doctor’s appointments, and making sure their loved ones are getting the care they need. Women need the right tools and information to make the best health care choices for their families and for themselves.


The Ohio Women's Health e-mail list provides a forum for discussion about a wide range of issues related to women's health. These may include but are not limited to research information, services available, Web sites, ethical issues, current events, job postings, announcements of upcoming events and providing support for those working in the field of women's health. If you are interested in joining, submit your e-mail address to There is no cost to join or use the list.


Last Updated: 8/04/2017