Improving the Health of Midlife Women: Policy Options for the 21st Century
Cynthia B. Costello and Vanessa R. Wright (2001)
In January 2001, the Women's Research and Education Institute (WREI) convened a two-day experts' summit to identify the major gaps in women's health at midlife and to chart a federal health policy agenda for Congress. On the basis of the recommendations made at the summit, WREI selected 15 high-impact actions Congress should take to make a significant difference in promoting health and preventing disease in midlife women. The report outlines these actions. It also includes a paper prepared by WREI for the women's health summit, "The Health of Midlife Women: Gaps and Challenges" as well as the 10 gaps and 46 policy options identified at the summit.
In May 2001, WREI held a briefing on Capitol Hill, urging Members of Congress to consider the recommendations outlined in the report. A webcast of the briefing is available online at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation's KaiserNetwork.
WREI's midlife women's health project was made possible by a generous grant from Wyeth.
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