The White House wants to close the gap on health care research for women

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'President Joe Biden on Monday announced the first-ever White House Initiative on Women’s Health Research, which will be led by First Lady Jill Biden and the White House Gender Policy Council. The new initiative will be chaired and coordinated by Dr. Carolyn Mazure, who recently joined the White House from the Yale School of Medicine.
Biden explained that earlier this year, Maria Shriver, the former first lady of California, approached her about a need for greater effort both inside and outside of government to close long-standing gaps in women’s health research. To Biden, Shriver’s call resonated with something she said she had long seen — that research into conditions that mostly affect women or affect women differently than men have long been underfunded and that “these gaps are even greater for communities that have historically been excluded from research, including women of color and women with disabilities.”

Shriver, who joined the press call, stressed the importance of addressing “how sick women are in this country,” pointing to the fact that women are two-thirds of all Alzheimer’s cases, two-thirds of all multiple sclerosis cases, 80 percent of all autoimmune disease cases, and that they experience anxiety and depression at twice the rate of men.
The White House Initiative on Women’s Health Research intends to bring in members of executive departments across the federal government to work holistically on this issue; deliver concrete recommendations on how to advance women’s health research within its first 45 days; set priority areas where additional investments could have the biggest impact; and facilitate collaboration between the scientific private sector, philanthropic groups and the government to create new research initiatives.'

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