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Women's Health Program

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. These objectives are achieved through projects of the Women's Health program which include Women's Health Week (WHW), newsletters and an e-mail discussion group.

Women's Health Week                                       

May 10 - May 16, 2015, will mark Ohio's sixth Women's Health Week celebration. In 2008, Women's Health Week replaced Women's Health Month, which Ohio had recognized the previous 23 years. This change allowed Ohio to join in national efforts to encourage good health in women. For more information, view the CDC's website.  

National WHW empowers women across the country to get healthy by taking action. The nationwide initiative, coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health, encourages women to make their health a top priority and take simple steps for longer, healthier and happier lives. During the week, families, communities, businesses, government, health organizations and other groups work together to educate women about steps they can take to improve their physical and mental health and prevent disease, such as:

  • Engaging in physical activity most days of the week
  • Eating a nutritious diet
  • Promoting healthy relationships
  • Visiting a health care provider to receive regular checkups and preventive screenings
  • Avoiding risky behaviors, such as smoking and not wearing a seatbelt

This Women’s Health event promotes women and girls to have healthy conversations with family or friends. These conversations could be between mothers and daughters on the way to school, between girl friends over lunch, at a family meal or sitting waiting with a family member in the physician’s office. Most of all it empowers women to make their health a top priority. It also encourages women to take the following steps to improve their physical and mental health and lower their risks of certain diseases.

Women's Health Updates

Newsletters, produced twice a year, focus on major issues in women’s health and provide relevant articles as well as resources on websites, associations and organizations related to the issue, and reading material.  Click here to visit the women's health program publications site.


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: 2/1/2017