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Jacobs Institute of Women's Health
Milken Institute School of Public Health
The George Washington University
950 New Hampshire Ave., NW, 6th Floor
Washington, DC  20052
Liz Borkowski, MPH
Managing Director
202.994-0034

 


May 13, 2015

New Study in Women’s Health Issues:  Screening Mammography Rates in the Medicare Population before and after the 2009 USPSTF Guideline Change

Following the release of new guidelines on screening mammography from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) in 2009, an immediate decrease in monthly screening mammography rates occurred among women with fee-for-service Medicare coverage. This is among the findings from an Editor’s Choice article in the latest issue of the journal Women’s Health Issues, “Screening Mammography Rates in the Medicare Population before and after the 2009 US Preventive Services Task Force Guideline Change: An Interrupted Time Series Analysis.” Miao Jiang, of the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute and George Mason University, and her colleagues found that use of two other preventive services, Pap tests and routine eye examinations, did not show any similar shift during the time period under study – suggesting that the drop in screening mammography is likely associated with the USPSTF guideline change. Read more here.

 


May 6, 2015

New Commentary in Women’s Health Issues:  Trauma-Informed Primary Care

Patients with a history of trauma can benefit from working with healthcare providers who understand trauma’s role in health and can offer resources to assist with healing. A commentary published today in the journal Women's Health Issues proposes an approach to providing such trauma-informed primary care (TIPC).  Edward L. Machtinger, MD, director of the Women’s HIV Program (WHP) at the University of California, San Francisco, and his co-authors identify four core components of a TIPC approach: environment, screening, response, and a robust organizational foundation.

Read the Commentary.


April 15, 2015

New Study in Women’s Health Issues:  Sex Differences in Home Care Performance: A Population-Based Study

Are there differences in the quality of care provided to men and women receiving publicly funded home care services in Ontario, Canada? An article published today in the journal Women's Health Issues investigates this question, as well as differences between patient outcomes in the Canadian province's 14 health planning regions.  In the study, Amanda T. Lo, of St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, and her colleagues found while there were sizable differences in outcomes before adjustment, no important differences in outcomes between men and women remained after risk adjustment. This indicates that sex-specific strategies will be needed to improve the quality and outcomes of home care services.

 Read more here.

 


March 25, 2015

New Featured Study in Women’s Health Issues:  Barriers to Contraceptive Access after Health Care Reform: Experiences of Young Adults in Massachusetts

After Massachusetts’ 2006 health insurance reforms, young adults still encountered barriers to accessing and using contraception – particularly due to having inadequate information, and to concerns about privacy when using their parents’ insurance. These are among the findings from the free Editor’s Choice article in the latest issue of the journal Women’s Health Issues, “Barriers to Contraceptive Access after Health Care Reform: Experiences of Young Adults in Massachusetts.” Danielle Bessett, of the University of Cincinnati, and her colleagues conducted eleven focus group discussions across Massachusetts with women and men ages 18-26 in 2009 and found that many were poorly informed about their options for both insurance plans and contraception.

 Read more here.

 


January 28, 2015

Women’s Health Issues launches Special Collection on Women's Heart Health

In honor of American Heart Month, the peer-reviewed journal Women's Health Issues (WHI) today released a new Special Collection on Women's Heart Health. The collection focuses on improving healthcare services to women at risk for cardiovascular disease, and also highlights recent studies addressing social determinants of health and physical activity in women of different backgrounds.

"Many people still don't realize that heart disease is the number one killer of women," said Chloe Bird, editor-in-chief of Women’s Health Issues and a senior sociologist at RAND. “Women should be getting treated for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and other conditions that pose risks to their long-term cardiovascular health – but research is finding that education and healthcare still need to improve so women get the necessary preventive care.”

Women’s Health Issues is the official journal of the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health, which is based at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University. This Special Collection includes 20 articles published between mid-2011 and early 2015. Read more here.

 


December 11, 2014

Women’s Health Issues Commentary Calls AHRQ Fact Sheets’ Treatment of Sexual and Reproductive Health Inadequate

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has released a series of fact sheets on “staying healthy” for four audiences: women of all ages, women ages 50+, men of all ages, and men ages 50+.  An opinion piece online today in the journal Women’s Health Issues says the AHRQ fact sheets leave out important information on contraceptive services and other basics that are part of staying healthy.

The Commentary was authored by Adam Sonfield, a senior public policy associate at the Guttmacher Institute. It appears in the January/February 2015 edition of Women’s Health Issues, the peer-reviewed journal of the Jacobs Institute for Women’s Health of the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University. Read more

 


December 3, 2014

New Featured Study in Women’s Health Issues: Intimate Partner Violence and Safety Strategy Use

Women dealing with intimate partner violence (IPV) report using a variety of strategies to improve their safety, but too little research has assessed these strategies’ effectiveness. These are among the findings from the free Editor’s Choice article in the latest issue of the journal Women’s Health Issues, “Intimate Partner Violence and Safety Strategy Use: Frequency of Use and Perceived Effectiveness.” Authors Elizabeth M. Parker and Andrea C. Gielen of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health conducted a systematic review of studies addressing IPV and safety strategies, and report on nine studies that focus on the frequency of safety-strategy use and the strategies’ effectiveness or perceived helpfulness. Read more

 


November 6, 2014

Women’s Health Issues launches Special Collection on Women Veterans' Health

In honor of Veterans Day, the peer-reviewed journal Women's Health Issues (WHI) today released a new Special Collection on women veterans’ health, with a focus on mental health. The special collection also highlights recent studies addressing healthcare services, reproductive health, and cardiovascular health of women veterans.

“In recent years, we have seen the Veterans Administration working to improve care and health outcomes of women veterans and service members,” said Chloe Bird, editor-in-chief of Women’s Health Issues. “The studies published in Women’s Health Issues can help inform efforts to provide the highest quality of care to the growing population of women veterans.”

Women’s Health Issues is the official journal of the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health, which is based at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University. This Special Collection includes articles published after the WHI 2011 special supplement “Health and Health Care of Women Veterans and Women in the Military,” which is available free of charge online. Read more here.

 


October 10, 2014

New Featured Study in Women’s Health Issues: Gender and Racial Differences Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factor Control among Veterans

Among a population of veterans at high risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD), female veterans had worse control of LDL cholesterol compared to their male counterparts, and African-American women had worse control of high blood pressure than White women. These are among the findings from the Editor’s Choice open-access article in the latest issue of the journal Women’s Health Issues, “Heart Matters: Gender and Racial Differences Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factor Control among Veterans.” Karen M. Goldstein, of the Center of Excellence for Health Services Research in Primary Care at the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and her colleagues note that they found these disparities despite the fact that study participants were receiving care in the veterans’ health system, which has fewer barriers to care than most U.S. health systems. Read more

 


August 12, 2014

New Women’s Health Issues Commentary Recommends Steps to Take Full Advantage of the ACA's Contraceptive Mandate

In the wake of the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision, a new Commentary in the journal Women's Health Issues emphasizes the importance of making the most of the contraceptive coverage mandate under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Commentary focuses on challenges beyond employer objections that could slow privately insured women’s full use of contraceptive benefits, and offers suggestions for "making the most of first-dollar contraceptive coverage." Read more here.
 


August 11, 2014

Women’s Health Issues is now on Twitter!

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June 26, 2014

New Contact Information for Jacobs Institute of Women's Health and Women's Health Issues

With the retirement of D. Richard Mauery, MS, MPH, please send all correspondence to his replacement:

Liz Borkowski, MPH

Jacobs Institute of Women's Health
Milken Institute School of Public Health
The George Washington University
950 New Hampshire Ave., NW, 6th Floor
Washington, DC  20052
 
Liz Borkowski, MPH
Managing Director
Managing Editor, Women's Health Issues
202-994-0034
 

 

June 5, 2014

Women’s Health Issues Awards 2013 Gibbs Leadership Prize to Study Linking Combat Deployment and Sexual Harassment or Assault

The Editorial Board of Women’s Health Issues is pleased to announce that the Charles E. Gibbs Leadership Prize for the best paper published in Women's Health Issues in 2013 (Volume 23) has been awarded to Cynthia A. LeardMann, MPH, Senior Epidemiologist for the Deployment Health Research Department at the Naval Health Research Center in San Diego, CA.  LeardMann's manuscript, “Combat Deployment is Associated with Sexual Harassment or Sexual Assault in a Large, Female Military Cohort,” was co-authored by Amanda Pietrucha, MPH; Kathryn M. Magruder, MPH, PhD; Besa Smith, MPH, PhD; Maureen Murdoch, MD, MPH; Isabel G. Jacobson, MPH; Margaret A.K. Ryan, MD, MPH; Gary Gackstetter, DVM, MPH, PhD; Tyler C. Smith, MS, PhD; and the Millennium Cohort Study Team. The manuscript was published in Women's Health Issues Volume 23, Issue 4 (July/August 2013), pages e215–e223.

The Women’s Health Issues Editorial Board also designated two excellent manuscripts in 2013 to receive “Honorable Mention" recognition:

  • “Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Coverage Among Females Aged 11 to 17 in Texas Counties: An Application of Multilevel, Small Area Estimation” by Jan M. Eberth, PhD; Md Monir Hossain, PhD; Jasmin A. Tiro, PhD; Xingyou Zhang, PhD; James B. Holt, PhD; and Sally W. Vernon, PhD. Published in Volume 23, Issue 2 (March/April), pages e131–e141.
  • "At What Cost? Payment for Abortion Care by U.S. Women” by Rachel K. Jones, PhD; Ushma D. Upadhyay, PhD, MPH; and Tracy A. Weitz, PhD, MPA. Published in Volume 23, Issue 3 (May/June), pages e173–e178.

For more information and to download free PDF copies of these awardees as well as previous years' awardees, please visit the Gibbs Leadership Prize page on this site.


March 7, 2014

New Mailing Address for the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health

950 New Hampshire Ave., NW, 2nd Floor

Washington, DC  20052

(email whieditor@gwu.edu; phone 202-994-0034)


January 1, 2014

Chloe E. Bird Named New Editor-in-Chief of Women’s Health Issues

Chloe E. Bird, PhD, has been appointed by the editors and editorial board as the new Editor-in-Chief of Women’s Health Issues, the official journal of the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health and based at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS) in Washington, DC.

Dr. Bird, a Senior Sociologist at RAND and Professor of Sociology and Policy Analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, has published extensively on women’s health issues, including numerous peer-reviewed articles and commentaries.  She is co-author of Gender and Health: The Effects of Constrained Choices and Social Policies, published in 2008 by Cambridge University Press. In addition, she has served for many years as an Associate Editor for the journal.

She assumes the role from Anne Rossier Markus, JD, PhD, MHS, who has been the Editor-in-Chief since 2006 when the journal and the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health moved to SPHHS.  Dr. Markus will continue to serve as an Associate Editor of the journal. 

“We thank Dr. Markus for her years of service, including shepherding the journal into the online submission system that we now take for granted and continuing to increase the journal’s impact factor,” says Carol S. Weisman, PhD, an Associate Editor and former Editor-in-Chief at the journal. “In addition, we welcome Dr. Bird to her new position at the helm. She brings a deep knowledge base at a time when women’s health care is central to national health care reform."

At the same time, Warren H. Pearse, MD, FACOG, the founding editor of Women’s Health Issues in 1990 and long-time Associate Editor, has been named the Editor Emeritus of the journal. His guiding vision and expertise have, for many years, contributed immensely to the success of the journal, as well as to the entire field of women’s health, particularly in the area of OB/GYN and reproductive health.

“It is an incredible honor and privilege to serve as the new Editor-in-Chief of Women’s Health Issues,” Dr. Bird said. “I am excited by the opportunities the journal will have to review and publish research on the burgeoning field of women’s health. I also look forward to working with the editors, the editorial board, reviewers, authors and readers in order to further the mission of the journal in the year 2014 and beyond.”

Women’s Health Issues, which is published by Elsevier, is dedicated to improving the health and health care of all women throughout the lifespan. The editorial office of the journal will remain housed at SPHHS in Washington, DC--where the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health is based.

For more information about Women's Health Issues, please visit www.whijournal.com.


Gibbs Leadership Prize Announcement: Best Manuscript of 2012

The Editorial Board of Women’s Health Issues is pleased to announce that the Charles E. Gibbs Leadership Prize for the best paper published in Women's Health Issues in 2012 (Volume 22) has been awarded to Nathan L. Hale, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Health Services Policy and Management, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina.  Dr. Hale’s manuscript, “Postpartum Screening for Diabetes among Medicaid-Eligible South Carolina Women with Gestational Diabetes,” was co-authored by Janice C. Probst, PhD, Jihong Liu, ScD, Amy Brock Martin, DrPH, Kevin J. Bennett, PhD, and Saundra Glover, PhD.  The manuscript was published in Women's Health Issues Volume 22, Issue 2 (March/April 2012), pages e163–e169.

The Editorial Board also designated three excellent manuscripts in 2012 to receive “Honorable Mention:”

  • Comparison of Labor and Delivery Care Provided by Certified Nurse-Midwives and Physicians: A Systematic Review, 1990 to 2008,” by Meg Johantgen, PhD, RN, Lily Fountain, MS, CNM, RN, George Zangaro, PhD, RN, Robin Newhouse, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, Julie Stanik-Hutt, PhD, ACNP, CCNS, FAAN, and Kathleen White, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN.   Published in Volume 22, Issue 1 (January/February), pages e73–e81.
  • Attempts at Weight Loss in U.S. Women with and without a History of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus,” by Jodie Katon, PhD, Charles Maynard, PhD, and Gayle Reiber, PhD.  Published in Volume 22, Issue 5 (September/October), pages e447–e453.
  • National Trends in Health Insurance Coverage of Pregnant and Reproductive-Age Women, 2000 to 2009,” by Katy Backes Kozhimannil, PhD, MPA, Jean M. Abraham, PhD, and Beth A. Virnig, PhD, MPH.  Published in Volume 22, Issue 2 (March/April 2012), pages e135–e141.

For more information and to download free PDFs of these 4 manuscripts, please click here.


 


Women’s Health Must be a Priority for States as They Set Up Health Exchange Marketplaces, New Report Says

Mar 05, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Women’s issues play a major role in the health of the nation and should be a key consideration for policymakers as they design and set up the new insurance exchanges, according to a report co-authored by policy experts at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS). The report offers a checklist for the state-based health insurance exchanges, one that will help ensure that women, children and family members can get the services they need to prevent costly and debilitating medical problems.

“Women often use a greater range of health services over a lifetime; they may also shoulder higher annual medical costs and often act as coordinators of health care for entire families,” said co-author Susan F. Wood, PhD, who is the executive director of the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health and a professor of health policy at SPHHS. “This report identifies some of the major issues that states will need to consider if they are to provide the kinds of services that can keep millions of American women and their families healthy.”

The Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health, at SPHHS, The Kaiser Family Foundation and the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital all worked together to produce the report: Ensuring the Health Care Needs of Women: A Checklist for Health Exchanges.

This report and checklist includes resources from a wide range of organizations that focus on the implementation of health care reform, which can be found at a new website: www.womenandhealthreform.org.

The report notes that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) established online marketplaces where women can comparison shop for health insurance plans. Some states, like Massachusetts, have well-established exchanges already in place but many others are scrambling to set them up now, Wood said. Under the ACA, women will have greater access to health insurance and to no-cost preventive services that can keep them healthy--such as mammograms and other screening tests that can detect cancer and other chronic diseases at an early, more treatable stage.

This report, and the checklist, can help states fashion insurance exchanges that will best meet the needs of millions of American women. According to the report, state officials should consider:

  • Designing benefits packages that include a range of essential health services that are required for women to maintain good health. The report says all women should have access to maternity and newborn care, access to family planning services, chronic illness management, mental health services, emergency medical care and other types of services.
  • Defining the type of health care facility that will be included in networks so that women can get crucial health care, such as maternity care at free-standing birth centers.
  • Educating women about the enrollment, scope of benefits, out of pocket charges and exemptions. Women often help other family members enroll in health plans and obtain health services.
  • Ensuring affordable coverage by offering very clear explanations of the out-of-pocket costs. States that pay close attention to transparency will help women budget for health care, especially if they are caring for multiple family members—and picking up the tab for an entire family.
  • Measuring and reporting the impact and outcome of health reform on women’s health and access to care. Better data will help states assess how well they are doing when it comes to keeping all women healthy.

Visit www.womenandhealthreform.org for more info and to download the full report.


 


June 13, 2012

Updated Editorial Scope and Author Instructions for Women's Health Issues

The Editors and Editorial Board of Women's Health Issues have updated the editorial scope of the journal, as well as the Instructions for Authors.  We now require that all full-length manuscripts include a section entitled, "Implications for Practice and/or Policy." This section should address what practical lessons practitioners and/or policymakers can learn from the authors' work and potentially implement to improve women's health outcomes.  Our updated Editorial Scope is:

Women's Health Issues is a peer-reviewed, bimonthly, multidisciplinary journal that publishes original research on women's health care and policy.

The journal has a particular focus on women's issues in the context of the U.S. health care delivery system and policymaking processes, although it invites submissions addressing women's health care issues in global context if relevant to North American readers.  As the official journal of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health, it builds on a history of valuing methodologically rigorous investigation as a basis for improving the quality of health care for women and the health of women across the lifespan.

The journal seeks to inform health services researchers, social scientists, health care and public health professionals, and policymakers and to engage readers in the perspectives of multiple disciplines relevant to the study of women's health.

Please note that we do not accept for review clinical case reports or standard literature reviews. Systematic literature reviews that include data syntheses (rather than just summaries of published work), and translational and implementation research studies are welcome.

Please visit www.whijournal.com/authorinfo for the full Author Instructions.


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