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Women's History Month

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During Women's History Month in March, the Office of Minority Health (OMH) joins partners to celebrate women and raise awareness of women’s health. Throughout the month, OMH will focus on women’s contributions within the fields of public health and health equity.

In 1991, the Office on Women’s Health (OWH) was established to focus on and coordinate women’s health efforts. OMH and OWH announced their Youth Engagement in Sports: Collaboration to Improve Adolescent Physical Activity and Nutrition (YES) Initiative grantees in September of 2019. The initiative addresses unhealthy physical activity and nutrition behaviors among racial and ethnic minorities and socio-economically disadvantaged youth, including girls.

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Sickle Cell Disease Training and Mentoring Program (STAMP)

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The Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) Training and Mentoring Program (STAMP) is a collaboration between OMH, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau, and the HRSA Bureau of Primary Health Care. STAMP is a free telehealth series taught by hematologists for primary care providers. The program trains primary care providers on the basics of sickle cell disease care such as pain management, hydroxyurea, and preventive services. Trainings this month include:

  • Thursday, March 5, 2020 ǀ 3 PM ET: Transfusion in SCD

Visit our sickle cell disease site to register and learn more about upcoming trainings.

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2020

OWH leads National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on March 10 every year to raise awareness about the need for all women, especially pregnant women, to be tested and treated for HIV.   

African American and Latina women continue to be disproportionally at risk for HIV, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The new Ready, Set, PrEP program makes pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medications available at no cost for qualifying recipients and helps lower your risk for acquiring HIV.


To receive PrEP medication through Ready, Set, PrEP, you must:

  • Lack prescription drug coverage.
  • Be tested for HIV with a negative result.
  • Have a prescription for PrEP.

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National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

There is more than one screening test Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month 2020

According to the CDC, colorectal cancer, not counting certain kinds of skin cancer, is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States.

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer among men and women. To reduce your risk, it is recommended you get screened for colorectal cancer routinely, beginning at age 50. Your risk increases as you get older. Other risk factors include:

  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Family history of colorectal cancer or colorectal polyps
  • Lack of regular physical activity
  • A low-fiber and high-fat diet

Talk with your friends and family about getting screened and take the CDC’s Colorectal Cancer Quiz to see what you know together.

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Knowledge Center

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In observance of Women’s History Month, the Knowledge Center would like to feature its collection of historical reports related to women’s health and women in the medical workforce. To read these historical reports, click here.

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