The Advisory Committee on Women's Health shall be created to supervise the research activities to be undertaken by the ORWH
According to the ORWH strategic plan, research going forward must reach into several different areas.
The ORWH strategic plan calls for partnerships across NIH, academia, and the advocacy and public policy groups for a better understanding of women's health research.
The strategic plan, the third agenda-setting report produced by the ORWH over the past 20 years, specifies six goals:
The ORWH strategic plan calls for partnerships across the NIH, academia, and the advocacy and public policy groups for a better understanding of women's health research.
The ORWH announces the publication of an investigator-initiated exploratory developmental program, using the R21 grant mechanism.
ORWH and its scientific partners across the NIH are interested particularly in encouraging extramural investigators to undertake new interdisciplinary research to advance studies on how sex and gender factors affect women's health.
Following the creation of ORWH
, other Federal agencies developed a focus on women's health issues, including CMS.
Women's activities are limited by health problems approximately 25 percent more days each year than are men's activities," according to ORWH.
What is more, the statistics on gender disparities are true even when reproductive problems are eliminated from the calculations, according to the ORWH summary report entitled "Opportunities for Research on Women's Health.
Over the past decade, ORWH has been instrumental in the growing recognition of autoimmunity as a major women's health issue and category of disease, like cancer and heart disease, with the same underlying cause -- autoimmunity," said Virginia T.
By naming autoimmunity a top research priority, NIH and ORWH have helped place autoimmunity in its proper perspective as a major cause of disability and chronic illness among women in the childbearing years, affecting as many as 30 million American women.