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A Call to Action from the Women's Health Empowerment Summit

The Coalition for Women’s Health Equity’s inaugural Women’s Health Empowerment Summit was a resounding success! Together we can advocate, legislate, and continue to educate our communities to secure better health opportunities and outcomes for all women in America. Join the movement and help us build momentum today!

Advocate!

Promote your Summit experience and #HealthEquity4Her to your friends, colleagues, and social networks. Our hashtag was trending in the DC area during the Summit, and we must keep that conversation going! Share the Summit videos from the Coalition webpage, and post photos and infographics from our Facebook album.

Some of the Summit's inspiring speakers and women leaders.
Some of the Summit's inspiring speakers and women leaders.

Share your patient story with your local, state and federal representatives in a way that makes sense for you -- attend town halls, send letters, sign petitions, or make phone calls. Participate in local or federal lobby day, such as Hadassah’s Day in in the District. National Partnership for Women & Families’ WeTweet.org makes it easy to tweet at your Members of Congress and the Administration everyday and urge them to make America more healthy, fair and family friendly.

Women should not face discrimination in health care and any new legislation should require coverage of preventive health services, well-woman visits and maternity care. Speak out for women’s health coverage and demand greater representation for women on the Senate healthcare working group.

Support medical research, especially women’s health research. Call your legislators to demand increased funding to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and promote Coalition organizations like American Heart Association in campaigns for targeted research investments.

Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) and Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (MI-14) after their keynote speeches and Congressman Raul Ruiz, MD (CA-36) discussing the importance of health equity in his community.
Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) and Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (MI-14) after their keynote speeches and Congressman Raul Ruiz, MD (CA-36) discussing the importance of health equity in his community.

Legislate!

The leading cause of death among women is heart disease. As part of its Access Now! Campaign, WomenHeart issued a number of policy recommendations to guide congressional action to improve healthcare access for women living with heart disease.

Women are often the primary caregivers for their families, juggling the responsibilities of caring for both children and aging parents. Join Hadassah and WomenAgainstAlzheimer’s in urging Congress to fight for caregiving support policies such as the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act.

Don’t see change happening quickly enough? Run for office! As championed by the Vision 2020 Shared Leadership Campaign, we need more women in top leadership roles in government and business. For resources and training, learn more about the many organizations dedicated to building political power for women

Educate!

We encourage women to learn more and discuss clinical trial opportunities with their medical professionals. Through the Diverse Women in Clinical Trials Initiative, organizations may partner with the FDA on educational outreach, scientific programming, and resources.

Share the Black Women's Health Imperative report, IndexUS: What Healthy Black Women Can Teach Us About Health, which examines critical health policies and discusses black women’s definition of health and wellness.

Pregnant women require accommodations for their health and economic stability. National Women's Law Center published The Pregnant and Parenting Students’ Rights Toolkit, which gives students an easy way to understand their rights under Title IX.

Read the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health and WomenAgainstAlzheimer’s report, Brain Health is Women’s Health, to understand the challenges posed by the growing burden of Alzheimer’s and dementia on women.

As part of National Women’s Health Week, the Office of Women’s Health provided tips for women of all ages to live a healthier life.

Stay tuned for updates from the Coalition for Women’s Health Equity. With your help, we can raise the visibility and urgency for the broad umbrella of women's health equity issues!

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