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Women's Health Council

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Who We Are

Welcome to the Women’s Health Council!  The Women’s Health Council (WHC) is a national forum that links state agencies and advocates, assisting them in advancing and protecting the health of women across the lifespan through chronic disease prevention and control.  Since it’s inception, the WHC has focused on the prevention, detection and control of osteoporosis, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and obesity.

What We Do

The mission of the WHC:
  • foster the public health agenda as it relates to diseases and conditions most affecting women and stimulate activities that will prevent and control these diseases/conditions.
The vision of the WHC:
  • active, independent and empowered women
The focus of the WHC is to:
  • increase awareness of depression as a co-morbidity among chronic disease among CDC staff, Chronic Disease Directors, and program managers of diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, cancer, and other chronic diseases and conditions, and to stress the importance of early detection, proper diagnosis and treatment of depression in women.
  • strengthen the commitment, opportunity and ability to develop awareness activities to address diabetes and depression in women.
  • develop and pilot strategies to improve the quality of routinely collected data about women of childbearing age at risk for or having diabetes, especially gestational diabetes.
  • foster collaborations between with Maternal and Child Health, chronic disease and health promotion program staff to address prevention efforts across the lifespan.

Who Should Join?

The commitment for membership in the Women’s Health Council involves participation in quarterly conference calls.  If you are interested in becoming more active in this council, I encourage you to join the WCH Steering Committee, which develops programs for the general membership and provides guidance for funded demonstration projects on various topics.