A Heart Broken, A Legacy Established

For some people, life progresses in a series of ebbs and flows, valleys and peaks. Others, like me, see life in terms of one sharp divide, one defining moment that separates then from now. My moment came the night before the start of my senior year of high school, when I was awakened by my … Continued

G-Spots and Sore Spots

G Spots Women made up 54 percent of people enrolling in health insurance plans through the new Health Insurance Marketplaces by the end of 2013. That’s a total of more than 1.1 million women with new health insurance plans, nationwide. We are proud of this success, which we helped foster through the Raising Women’s Voices … Continued

Women 4 Health Care: Helping Women Get Covered

The time has finally come: health insurance marketplaces are now open for enrollment for people in every state! The NWHN fought long and hard to make sure women’s voices are heard and women’s concerns were addressed in health care reform efforts. Along with our excitement about Obamacare’s implementation, however, come some challenges. We are turning … Continued

Digital Mammography: Is Newer Always Better?

You may have noticed last time you got a mammogram that your facility uses digital imaging rather than traditional X-ray film. Why is that? And, is there any benefit to the newer techniques? In 2009, when the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) reviewed the evidence and updated its recommendations on breast cancer screening, it … Continued

For Immigrant Women, Health Care Remains Out of Reach

Early this year, I heard Sophia’s story, and it has stuck with me ever since. Sophia is an undocumented Latina immigrant living in Texas. Because of her immigration status, she is locked out of our health care system. Neither her nor her husband’s employer offers health insurance and, although Sophia’s family would qualify for Medicaid … Continued

G-Spots and Sore Spots

G SPOTS In 2011, chef Michel Nischan started a non-profit called “Wholesome Wave,” that provides redeemable prescriptions for fresh food at New York City farmers’ markets. Nischan started the group to promote access to fresh food after helping his sons control their Type 2 diabetes through healthy diets. Participants get $1 a day for everyone … Continued


Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the U.S. and the main cause of cervical and other cancers. This may be changing, thanks to better-than-expected results from two HPV vaccines. Researchers compared HPV prevalence in 2003-2006 (before the vaccine became available in 2006) and 2007-2010 (after availability) using HPV results from … Continued

As Long as it Takes

I’m writing this just a few hours after the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it will no longer fight the court order that required the Federal government to remove age limits for purchasing over-the-counter (OTC) Emergency Contraception (EC). While there are still some important details to be worked out — including ensuring that lower-cost … Continued

Changed FOR GOOD

Last year, the NWHN received a generous donation from For Good, an endeavor established by Megan Williams in memory of her sister, Melissa, who passed away in 2007 from pulmonary embolisms (blood clots) in her lungs. Melissa’s family believes the clots were caused by Yaz, the birth control Melissa used.Yaz is an oral contraceptive that … Continued