Capitol Hill Focus of the Society and the New Women's Health Research Coalition

Greenberger, Phyllis
July 1999
Journal of Women's Health & Gender-Based Medicine;Jul/Aug99, Vol. 8 Issue 6, p729
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the initiatives of the Society for Women's Health Research in 1999. The Society is interested in the patient-confidentiality issue because much of our work focuses on advancing research on women and creating research opportunities to encourage their participation in clinical studies. Researchers are particularly concerned that the U.S. Congress might enact legislation that limits their access to important research and clinical databases, restricting their ability to use and build upon existing data. It is important that policymakers recognize that any national policy enacted to address patient privacy concerns should also ensure that researchers are able to continue their work-developing disease prevention and treatment strategies that have the potential to improve the lives and health of all Americans. More than 100 education and scientific leaders in women's health, along with legislative supporters, met May 17, 1999, to call for an increase of $75 million in federal funding for women's health research and to formally announce the formation of the new Women's Health Research Coalition. The Coalition is an advocacy network comprised of leaders from renowned academic health, medical, and scientific institutions united to support increased funding for women's health research.


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