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A National Perspective on Women's Health: A Workshop

Project Scope:

An ad hoc committee will organize and conduct a one-day workshop on women's health to discuss international comparative data on women's health.  The workshop will explore the relative and growing disadvantage of U.S. women compared with women in other countries and discuss the potential causes for the differences.  The committee will identify specific topics to be addressed, develop the agenda, select and invite speakers and other participants, and moderate the discussions. A summary of the event will be issued. 

Status: Completed


RSO: Plewes, Thomas

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Committee Membership

Nancy E. Adler - (Chair)
Nancy E. Adler is the Lisa and John Pritzker Professor of Psychology in the Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, Vice-Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, and Director of the Center for Health and Community. Dr. Adler received a BA from Wellesley College and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Harvard University. Dr. Adler’s earlier research examined the utility of decision models for understanding health behaviors with particular focus on reproductive health. As director of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on SES and Health, she coordinated research spanning social, psychological and biological mechanisms by which SES influences health, and developed a measure of subjective social status. Her current work examines pathways from socioeconomic status (SES) to health and interventions to address the social determinants of health. Dr. Adler has served on various advisory committees for the National Institutes of Health. She has been elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Institute of Medicine (IOM). She chaired IOM study committees on the psychosocial needs of cancer patients, on progress in women’s health research, and on the capture of social and behavioral information in electronic health records; as well as workshops on health effects of the Gulf oil spill and on sex-specific reporting of research. She served on the IOM Membership Committee and the Report Review Committee of the National Academies of Science and now serves on the IOM Council and its Executive Committee. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Society (APS) and the American Psychological Association (APA).
Chloe E. Bird
Chloe E. Bird is a Senior Sociologist at RAND and Professor of Policy Analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Illinois, Urbana. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Women’s Health Issues and former Deputy Editor of Journal of Health and Social Behavior. Her research focuses on women’s health and health care, as well as assessing the social determinants of disparities in physical and mental health and health care. She has experience conducting assessments of gaps in quality of care for cardiovascular disease and diabetes within managed care settings for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Veterans Affairs (VA) and private sector health plans. She is currently leading research assessing and mapping gender differences in the quality of care for cardiovascular disease and diabetes and co-investigator on RAND analyses of patterns of quality of care within Medicare Advantage plans nationally. She has served as PI or co-PI on multiple NIH-funded studies of neighborhood effects on health and healthcare and on social determinants of gender differences in health, allostatic load and mortailty. Her work sheds light on the how decision makers including employers and policy makers shape individuals’ opportunities to pursue a healthy life, and emphasizes the need for research to inform health decision making beyond those made by individuals and their clinicians.
Mark D. Hayward
Mark D. Hayward is professor of sociology, Centennial Commission professor in the Liberal Arts, and director of the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Hayward's primary research interests center on the influence of life course exposures and events on the morbidity and mortality experiences of the older population. Presently, he is involved in several studies focusing on the origins of health disparities at older ages: early life influences on socioeconomic, race and gender disparities in adult morbidity and mortality; the demography of race/ethnic and gender disparities in healthy life expectancy; social inequality in the biomarkers of aging; and the health consequences of marriage, divorce, and widowhood. Recent publications have focused on changes in morbidity and mortality determining trends in healthy life expectancy, socioeconomic and race/ethnic differences in healthy life expectancy, the association between childhood health and adult morbidity, and the socioeconomic origins of the race gap in chronic disease morbidity. He is a member of the Committee on Population of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. He has served on the boards of the Population Association of America and the Society of Biodemography and Social Biology, and he was a member and then chair of the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research council. Dr. Hayward received his Ph.D. in sociology from Indiana University.
James S. House
James S. House is the Angus Campbell Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Survey Research, Public Policy and Sociology. His primary appointment is in the Survey Research Center, the Institute for Social Research, with a joint retention appointment in Sociology in addition to his primary academic appointment in Public Policy. His research has focused on the role of social and psychological factors in the etiology and course of health and illness, including the role of psychosocial factors in understanding and alleviating social disparities in health and the way health changes with age. He has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Academy of Sciences. At the Ford School he teaches courses in socioeconomic policy and health policy. In the last decade, Jim co-edited Making Americans Healthier: Social and Economic Policy as Health Policy (2008, with Bob Schoeni of the Ford School and others) and A Telescope on Society: Survey Research & Social Science at the University of Michigan and Beyond (2004, with others). He received his B.A. in History from Haverford college, his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan, and taught at Duke University before joining University of Michigan faculty in 1978 and the Ford School in January 2008.
Jennifer K. Montez
Jennifer Karas Montez is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Faculty Affiliate of the Aging Studies Institute and the Center for Policy Research at Syracuse University. Her research examines the social determinants of mortality disparities among U.S. adults. In particular, it focuses on explaining those disparities across education levels, gender, and geography. She received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin and did her postdoctoral training at Harvard University as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar.



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The Office of Research on Women’s Health of the National Institutes of Health is sponsoring a workshop on women’s health issues that is jointly organized by the Committee on Population and the Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

In four sessions, panels of experts will discuss topics that illuminate and delve into the findings of a National Research Council/Institute of Medicine report on U.S. health in international perspective. The report, US Health in International Perspective: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health (2013) documented the relative and growing disadvantage of US women compared with women in other countries in stark and compelling terms. The report found that U.S. women’s health was significantly worse than the health of women in many other advanced countries, and it was suggested that it would be useful to develop a follow-on study to drill down on those differences and elaborate their causes. 

Experts will explore the implications for health research of system, patient and provider level factors that might explain the comparative deficiency in the health of U.S. women. Experts will share their research on how health disparities may be affected by availability and quality of health care, and other factors such as socio-economic status, education, employment and risk behaviors. Participants will be given the opportunity to contribute their ideas on a research agenda that, if answered, would improve morbidity and mortality of women. 

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If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Mary Ghitelman
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