• Why Insurance Doesn’t Work Like a Salad Bar
    March 16, 2017
    Why Insurance Doesn’t Work Like a Salad Bar
    By Caila Brander, NWHN Policy Fellow One of the most controversial debates stemming from Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been over maternity coverage and who should pay for it. Under the ACA, coverage for maternity and newborn care—like coverage for mental health care, prescription drugs, and more—is part of the essential ...
  • Young Feminist: That’s DOCTOR Gomez, thank you!
    March 15, 2017
    By Anna Gomez I am going to be a physician. It is important for me to make this statement without any qualifiers or conditionals, because lately I have been adding both when explaining my career plans. I’ll say, “I’m thinking about going to medical school,” or “We’ll see, this is the plan right now.” This is ...
  • Our Bodies, Our Lives, Our Right to Decide? How Women’s Health Advocates Might Shape End-of-Life Policies
    March 15, 2017
    By Ninia Baehr Advances in health care have made it possible to increase the quantity, if not always the quality, of many people’s lives. There is a growing right-to-die movement in the United States. I have been working on exploring whether, and how, veterans of the women’s health movement might engage with and shape the right-to-die ...
  • Abortion Without Provider Involvement: Exercising Autonomy Beyond Partisan Politics
    March 15, 2017
    The NWHN defends women’s sexual and reproductive health and autonomy against anti-choice threats that seek to undermine access to contraception and abortion care. As an organization, we place the utmost value on women having the autonomy, information, and resources necessary to make decisions that are best for them and their family—in fact, we were founded ...
  • Domestic Abuse and Brain Injury in Women
    March 15, 2017
    By C. M. Shifflett Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is caused by a concussion (a blow or jolt to the head) or loss of blood and oxygen supply to the brain. TBI survivors are often told that they may have a headache and be a bit emotional for a few days. In fact, the consequences of even supposedly ...
  • R..E..S..P..E..C..T: What women need from the new FDA Commissioner
    March 15, 2017
    Okay, I admit it. Sometimes I try to cheer myself up by turning on some upbeat music and dancing by myself. Although I wouldn’t want anyone to see me bouncing around when I’ve cranked up the music (I’m a lousy dancer), I don’t mind people knowing that one of my favorite cheer-me-up songs is Aretha ...
  • The Best Defense is a Good Offense: Get Tested!
    March 9, 2017
    The Best Defense is a Good Offense: Get Tested!
      For 12 years, March 10 has been observed as National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD). The CDC estimates that over 280,000 women are living with HIV and of those women, 11% don’t know they are infected. The theme for NWGHAAD is: The Best Defense is a Good Offense. This theme speaks volumes because ...
  • Birth Control is More Effective When Providers Empower Women!
    March 6, 2017
    By Caila Brander, NWHN Policy Fellow The Guttmacher institute recently published a report that concluded that birth control failure rates are decreasing across the country, after years of stagnated progress. Every method presented a gap between how well it works if used exactly how it is intended to be used, versus its“typical-use” failure rate, which measures ...
  • Obesity and Your Heart
    February 8, 2017
    February is Heart Health Month! Did you know that heart disease is the number one killer of women? Per the American Heart Association, heart disease kills 1 in 3 women each year. These statistics may be eye-opening and nerve-wracking but here’s the thing—Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that at least 200,000 of ...
  • From Phantom Activist to Marching on the Streets of Washington, D.C.
    January 26, 2017
    From Phantom Activist to Marching on the Streets of Washington, D.C.
    By Caila Brander, NWHN Policy Fellow I have many prominent memories from the Women’s March on Washington. Hearing the cheers of half a million people reverberate through the buildings on Independence Avenue, all calling for change. Starting the march, our energy electric, singing and chanting as we made our way to Pennsylvania Avenue. Watching as the ...