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Congressional Leaders, Public Health Experts Announce New Framework to Promote Women's Health
Date:2/11/2009

the Women's Caucus, I look forward to working with the healthcare community, my colleagues in Congress and the Obama Administration to win a solution that guarantees affordable, quality and comprehensive care for women and their families."

At the event, the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health released a report that underscores the need for the Congressional resolution. The report, "Women's Health and Health Care Reform: The Key Role of Comprehensive Reproductive Care," makes a scientific, data-driven case that reproductive health is a key determinant of women's overall health and, as a result, the treatments and services that promote reproductive health must be part of any national health plan. Thirty-eight deans of schools of public health have endorsed the policy recommendations in the report, which all point to a new framework for addressing women's health.

Dr. Wendy Chavkin, a lead author of the report, said, "we want to establish a standard of care for American women so that they can attain good health, maintain it during their reproductive years and age well."

"Every day through research, teaching, and service to communities around the nation, and across the world, schools of public health demonstrate with science, extend into evidence, and translate into policy, the centrality of women's health to the future of our nation and the world. Where true reform of the design, delivery, or distribution of health has taken place in the history of our nation those reforms have been led by women," said Josef Reum, Dean of The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services.

"Women's health must be a cornerstone of health care reform. This resolution closely echoes ACOG's Health Care for Women, Health Care for All campaign, and we applaud Senator Stabenow and Representative Schakowsky for their leadership and commitment to our fiv
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