Path to Parity
Join the American Heart Association and a panel of experts to discuss the women’s health crisis and how we can collectively take bias out of the equation.
Take bias out of the health equation.
Women are underrepresented in research, which means there’s a lot we still don’t know.
Women are not receiving optimal treatment, which comes from lack of access and/or lack of knowledge.
Women are grossly underrepresented in STEM careers–we need to close that gap.
Why is equity in women’s health important?
Everyone deserves an optimal and just opportunity to live a healthy life where the culture and mindset are free of any form of discrimination. We are facing a crisis in women’s health, and it’s time to address medicine and wellness for women holistically.
- Women are underrepresented in research and clinical trials. Because of this gap, physicians lack important information about how women might respond differently to heart disease, have different symptoms and need different diagnostic approaches and treatments.
- Societal factors impact a woman’s ability to live a healthy lifestyle and access quality, affordable healthcare. Low income and women with less education have nearly double the rate of disease. Where you live can greatly impact your health. Life expectancy can differ by 20+ years for people living just 5 miles apart because accessible options for healthy living are often limited near neighborhoods with lower economic stability.
- Women are more prone than men to some risk factors that cause heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and dementia. Women have higher rates of obesity, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Factors related to reproductive health increase a woman’s risk of CVD – early menarche, early menopause, miscarriages, and complications of pregnancy like preeclampsia and gestational diabetes.
- Women deserve better career opportunities in the fields of science and technology. In 2018, eight million STEM jobs will be available in the U.S., but most students will be unprepared to fill these careers. Moreover, only 3 out of 100 female bachelors students continue to work in STEM fields after graduating.
If you are interested in leveraging your platforms to help tell the women’s health equity story, please contact Kelsey.Walters@heart.org. We can connect you to thought leaders in the space and provide the background needed for your writers’ room and beyond.