About National Women's Health Network

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Who We Are

The National Women's Health Network was founded in 1975 to give women a greater voice within the healthcare system. NWHN is a membership-based organization supported by 8,000 individuals and organizations nationwide. We do not accept financial support from pharmaceutical companies, tobacco companies or medical device manufacturers.

Our Mission

The National Women's Health Network improves the health of all women by developing and promoting a critical analysis of health issues in order to affect policy and support consumer decision-making. The Network aspires to a health care system that is guided by social justice and reflects the needs of diverse women.

Our Vision

NWHN is committed to advancing women's health by working towards the long-term goals of:

  • Ensuring that women have self-determination in all aspects of their reproductive and sexual health
  • Creating a cultural and medical shift in how menopause is perceived and addressed
  • Establishing universal access to health care that meets the needs of diverse women

To accomplish these goals we shape policy and consumer health decisions and options by developing and promoting a critical analysis of health issues. NWHN monitors the actions of federal regulatory and funding agencies, industry and the health professions, identifies abuses and makes change by exposing the abuse and catalyzing grassroots action.

Our Values

NWHN has established core values to guide us in our work as advocates for women's health:

  • We value women's descriptions of their own experiences and believe that health policy should reflect the diversity of women's experiences.
  • We believe that evidence rather than profit should drive the services offered and information that is made available to women to inform their health decision making and practices.
  • We value analysis of science that takes into consideration systems of power and oppression.
  • We believe that the government has an obligation to safeguard the health of all people.
  • All women should have access to excellent health care.
  • Women's normal physiological changes over the lifespan should not be unduly medicalized.


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