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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Committee on Population
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Raising the Bar—The Health of Women in America

The Office of Research on Women’s Health of the National Institutes of Health is sponsoring a workshop on women’s health issues that is jointly organized by the Committee on Population and the Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

In four sessions, panels of experts will discuss topics that illuminate and delve into the findings of a National Research Council/Institute of Medicine report on U.S. health in international perspective. The report, US Health in International Perspective: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health (2013) documented the relative and growing disadvantage of US women compared with women in other countries in stark and compelling terms. The report found that U.S. women’s health was significantly worse than the health of women in many other advanced countries, and it was suggested that it would be useful to develop a follow-on study to drill down on those differences and elaborate their causes.

Experts will explore the implications for health research of system, patient and provider level factors that might explain the comparative deficiency in the health of U.S. women. Experts will share their research on how health disparities may be affected by availability and quality of health care, and other factors such as socio-economic status, education, employment and risk behaviors. Participants will be given the opportunity to contribute their ideas on a research agenda that, if answered, would improve morbidity and mortality of women.

Date and Location of Workshop

September 25, 2015  
Washington, DC

Related Report

International Health coverLU.S. Health in International Perspective: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health (2013)

Although the United States spends more on health care than any other nation, a growing body of research shows that Americans are in poorer health and live shorter lives than people in many other high-income countries. This report synthesizes available research, taking an in-depth look at this disadvantage in health and lifespan.  This report also found that the health of U.S. women was significantly  worse than the health of women in many other advanced countries.  The workshop will delve into those differences and elaborate their causes.

More information about this report


Tom Plewes, Study Director
Mary Ghitelman, Program Assistant

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