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Reversing the Trends toward Shorter Lives and Poorer Health for U.S. Women: A Call for Innovative Interdisciplinary Research

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Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, Beltsville, MD 20705, USA
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National Institutes of Health, Office of Research on Women’s Health, Beltsville, MD 20892, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(9), 1796; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15091796
Received: 16 July 2018 / Revised: 17 August 2018 / Accepted: 19 August 2018 / Published: 21 August 2018
The United States (U.S.) is a leader and innovator in biomedicine, yet trails behind for many key health indicators, especially for women. This paper highlights key evidence indicating that not only is the state of women’s health in the U.S. lagging, but it is at risk for falling off the curve. Women’s health care remains fragmented; research in the field can be disconnected and difficult to integrate across disciplines—silos prevail. Structural obstacles contribute to this lack of cohesion, and innovative, interdisciplinary research approaches which integrate the multidimensional aspects of sex and gender, and race and ethnicity, with a life course perspective are sorely needed. Such synergistic, scientific strategies have the potential to reverse the trend towards shorter life expectancy and poorer health for women in the U.S. The National Institute for Health (NIH) seeks to raise the bar for the health of all women by tackling these issues through enhancing the relevance of biomedical research to the health of women and driving the sustained advancement of women in biomedical careers. View Full-Text
Keywords: women’s health; health disparities; sex and gender; interdisciplinary research women’s health; health disparities; sex and gender; interdisciplinary research
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Schweinhart, A.; Clayton, J.A. Reversing the Trends toward Shorter Lives and Poorer Health for U.S. Women: A Call for Innovative Interdisciplinary Research. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 1796.

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