Webinar: Women’s Health and COVID-19

Women’s health has been hit harder by COVID-19 than men. They’re skipping cancer screening (and missing diagnoses), dropping out of their jobs, and more effected by domestic abuse–just to name a few reasons why.

As we continue to learn about this pandemic and how to navigate through this time, understanding the key ways you can help mitigate some of the damage starts by seeing a clear picture of COVID’s unknown consequences.

Missed January 19th’s COVID-19 & Women’s Health: What You Need To Know webinar with Talance CEO Monique Cuvelier and Health Educator/Evidence-Based Birth® Instructor, Mary Etna Haac? No problem! You can watch it on demand.

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In this comprehensive webinar, you’ll learn:

  • How COVID-19 affects women disproportionately
  • Important health guidelines and mandates for women, including maternal and child health
  • Strategies and practices for equitable health support of women and families

Plus, as a thank you for joining, you’ll be receiving a bundle of valuable resources to help prepare you for supporting the women and families in your community, including top resources for the most pressing women’s health issues, COVID-19 resources, and advice from women’s health experts including birth specialists.

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Women’s Health and COVID-19

By Eliana Ifill

Healthcare has a gender bias problem. Women are less likely than men to get the right kind of treatment, to have their illnesses correctly diagnosed, and to be included in important clinical research.

Men and women are biologically different and have unique healthcare needs, including in obvious areas like reproductive care or breast cancer screening, and also extending beyond.

→ Free Presentation: Women’s Health and COVID-19: What You Need to Know

Healthcare should be all about keeping people alive and healthy, right? It needs to conform to people no matter what their gender is and if they’re in the LGBTQ+ community. (For the record, men get ignored in areas of healthcare too, especially with mental health.)

If it doesn’t, healthcare leaves wide gaps that lead to worse health outcomes for women. Those gaps grow even wider among minority women and those in underserved and rural communities.

Some troubling facts:

  • On average, black women in the US are 2 to 6 times more likely to die during childbirth than white women,
  • 17% of women of color in the US have no health insurance, compared to white women’s 8%, according to this study,
  • And an estimated 44% of transgender women suffer from clinical depression, compared to 5.5% in the overall population of women.

Women’s Health and COVID-19

Now, with a global pandemic, reproductive health has receded even further into the background.

“As state governors responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, they affected reproductive care in a myriad of ways. Governors issued orders to protect access to health care, preserve supplies of protective equipment, and reduce exposure to and transmission of the coronavirus. In some states, these orders protected reproductive health care, while in others, governors used the pandemic as an excuse to restrict this care,” according to the Guttmacher Institute.

10 Ways Your Agency Can Help Women

You and your team have the unique opportunity to educate, inform, and provide support to the women in the communities they serve, effectively knocking down and helping the population access the preventive and health care services that can often be life-saving.

Start here:

Top 10 Women’s Health Issues

  • Breast Cancer
  • Gynecological Cancer
  • Reproductive Health
  • Maternal Health
  • Heart Disease
  • Mental Health
  • STDs, STIs, and HIV
  • Violence Against Women
  • Transgender
  • Age

For more information, check out the Improving Women’s Health resource guide for an understanding of why and how to close the health gaps.