Women’s Health

Women’s Health Work Group

The Women’s Health Work Group is a group of interdisciplinary providers of all specialties and fields of medicine who have come together to advocate for the health of all those who identify as woman, including cis, trans, and gender non-conforming.

Steering Committee

Meghana Rao, MD (email); Bijou Basu, MD-PhD Candidate (email); Libby Benedict, MPA (email); Maria Phillis, MD, JD (email); Pratima Gupta, MD MPH (email)

Our goals:

The Women’s Health Working Group was formed in 2020 with the goals of:

1) optimizing the health of women and all those who identify as women and
2) provide a review of policies from the lens of women’s health – ranging from reproductive rights to gun violence to drug pricing to substance use disorders to immigrant rights.

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About the WHWG: 

Who are we?  We are a group of interdisciplinary providers of all specialties and fields of medicine who have come together to advocate for the health of all those who identify as women (cis, trans, and gender non-conforming).

What do we do?  

We educate our colleagues, our patients, the general public, policy stakeholders, and legislators on issues pertaining to women’s health.
We amplify the voices of physicians through advocacy and partnerships with other leaders and organizations.
We ensure that women’s health priorities are incorporated into all initiatives taken through Doctors for America.

Guiding principles:

Equity: Every woman in America has a fundamental right to equitable, high-quality, and affordable health care regardless of race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and geography.
Justice: All women should have the opportunity and autonomy to lead a healthy life. Every part of society should value and promote healthy families and safe communities.
Partnership: Doctors of all specialties should take a leadership role in improving health care of women and ending health disparities.

What you can do:

  • Share your stories: stories are the most powerful way change happens. Have you met a patient with a compelling story of why women’s health matters?  You can speak for her – protect her identity and make sure the world knows what is happening to real people!  Share your story in a blog, letter to the editor, op ed, or on Facebook or Twitter.  The more people hear the stories, the more we can create real change.

  • Make sure your elected officials know how you feel: your representatives at the city, state, and federal level are responsible to you – whether you share their views or not. Make sure your views are counted. You can contact them by phone, email, in person, or tweet!

  • Get together with others (safely, of course!): there’s always power (and fun!) in numbers. Host a virtual or socially distant gathering of other people who care about women’s health access so you can brainstorm together what action you can take. If you have a great idea that takes off, share with us, and maybe we can spread it nationally!

  • Reach out to local organizations: ask your local Planned Parenthood how you can get involved.

  • Donate: help Doctors for America keep doing the work we do with a tax-deductible donation of any amount today. We rely on individuals for half our operating budget, and every dollar counts! Donate here.

  • Is there a hot issue in women’s health that you think Doctors for America should rally around? Do you want to step up and take a leadership role? Have you taken any action above?  Email us today to tell us about it!

We look forward to working with you to advance women’s health!

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