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Women's Health Research Gains Ground, But Gaps Remain

Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, September 29, 2010

To ensure that messages are clearly conveyed—and understood by the public—the committee recommended that the Department of Health and Human Services appoint a task force to develop strategies to better communicate research-based health messages to women. These messages should: reach a diverse audience of women; increase awareness of women's health issues and treatments, including preventive and intervention strategies; and decrease confusion regarding complex and sometimes conflicting findings, the committee said.

The committee also suggested calling for all federally funded studies to develop and include a plan for disseminating findings to the public, providers, and policymakers, and establishing a national media advisory panel to explain the research findings to a variety of audiences.

Janice Simmons is a senior editor and Washington, DC, correspondent for HealthLeaders Media Online. She can be reached at
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