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Breastfeeding - A Healthy Start for Mom and Baby
The Office of Minority Health (OMH) needs your help in spreading the word about the benefits of breastfeeding. Today is a good time to start.
External linkpdf file HPV Vaccine: Questions and Answers [PDF 1.2MB]
This human papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine Questions and Answers sheet will explore Gardasil, the vaccine developed to prevent cervical cancer and other diseases in females caused by certain types of genital HPV. It protects against four HPV types, which together cause 70% of cervical cancers and 90% of genital warts.
External link Breastfeeding Resources Action Kit
Find online resources from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women’s Health and the General Services Administration’s Federal Citizen Information Center in their Breastfeeding Resources Action Kit. The kit contains electronic versions of publications selected to increase education about the benefits of breastfeeding for moms and babies, the financial impacts of breastfeeding, and how to support breastfeeding in the community. Hard copies of publications can also be ordered online, free of charge.
External linkpdf file ABC's...Pregnancy Tips (A-Z): Having a Healthy Pregnancy [PDF | 87KB] Exit Disclaimer
Not all birth defects can be prevented, but a woman can take some actions that increase her chance of having a healthy baby. Many birth defects happen very early in pregnancy, sometimes before a woman even knows she is pregnant. Remember that about half of all pregnancies are unplanned.
External linkpdf file Border Health Report Released [PDF | 1.15MB] Exit Disclaimer
The United States-Mexico Border Health Commission has released study results about the framework and operation of institutional review boards of research programs on both sides of the border and how research participants are protected. Survey participants included faculty, researchers, practitioners and staff working in public and private health institutions with an active research program along the border.
External linkpdf file CDC Releases Report on Contraception Use [PDF | 2.14MB]
This CDC report presents national estimates of contraceptive use and method choice based on the 1982, 1995, 2002, and 2006-2008 National Surveys of Family Growth. It covers the use of contraception in the United States during 1982-2008.
External link Hispanic Women in the United States, 2007 [PDF, 586KB] Exit Disclaimer
There are 30.1 million Hispanic adults in the United States and 14.4 million of them—or 48%—are women, according to recent U.S. Census Bureau estimates. This fact sheet describes the demographic, employment and income characteristics of Hispanic women in the U.S. using data from the 2007 Current Population Survey and the 2006 American Community Survey.
Surgeon General’s Workshop on Women’s Mental Health: Workshop Report [PDF,558KB]
The Surgeon General’s Workshop on Women’s Mental Health brought together experts from the consumer, academic, advocacy, health insurance, health care delivery, program management, and public policy communities to explore sex and gender differences in mental health and to address critical mental health issues affecting girls and women. The goal of this workshop was for participants to develop practical and actionable recommendations for materials (referred to broadly as communiqués) and toolkits that could be produced by the Surgeon General to advance knowledge, understanding, and behaviors regarding women’s mental health issues – and ultimately to improve the mental health of our Nation’s girls and women.
External link Office of Research on Women's Health - Vulvodynia
This web page contains information and resources on vulvodynia. Vulvodynia, also referred to as “the pain down there” or also as “feminine pain,” is chronic discomfort or pain of the vulva, which is the area around the outside of the vagina.
External link Women: Stay Healthy at Any Age, Your Checklist for Health.
AHRQ announced evidence-based checklists designed to help women understand which medical checkup tests they need to stay healthy at any age. Your Checklist for Health shows at a glance what the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends regarding screening tests, preventive medicine, and other healthy lifestyle behaviors. Your Checklist for Health is available in English and Spanish.
External linkpdf file Osteoporosis and African American Women
This fact sheet looks at osteoporosis, a bone disease that makes bones fragile and susceptible to fracture, in African American women. Risk factors, diet and nutrition, prevention and treatment are also discussed.
External link NWHIC Prevention Chart
"Women living long, living well with preventive screening tests and immunizations" is a publication developed by the National Women's Health Information Center. This chart lists general screenings and immunization guidelines for women.
External link Women and Heart Disease: An Atlas of Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Mortality (Second Edition)
During the past 40 years, public health researchers have documented persistent geographic disparities in heart disease mortality in the United States. However, most of these studies have reported findings only for men. While there is growing awareness that heart disease is the leading cause of death for women, claiming over 372,000 lives in 1995 alone, few studies of heart disease in women have examined geographic disparities. Why is it critical to understand local geographic disparities in the burden of heart disease among women? We contend that health disparities among places reflect underlying inequalities in local social environments that make some communities more health-promoting than others.
External link Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) for HPV Vaccine (Interim Version)
This guide will provide you with what you need to know about the genital human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. It is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States. There are about 40 types of HPV. About 20 million people in the U.S. are infected, and about 6.2 million more get infected each year.
External linkpdf file Basic Facts about Cervical Cancer and the Pap Test
Use this guide to get the basics and learn what you could do to prevent cervical cancer.
External linkpdf file HPV: Common Infection. Common Reality
Genital human papillomavirus (HPV) is not a new virus. But many people are not aware of it because it usually has no symptoms and goes away on its own — without causing any health problems. Learn the facts and find out why at least 50% of sexually active people will get genital HPV.
External linkpdf file Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, and Bone Health
Both pregnancy and breastfeeding cause changes and place extra demands on a woman’s body. Some of these may have an affect on her bones.

Read this guide to discover the dynamic relationship between pregnancy and bone health.

External linkpdf file An Easy Guide to Breastfeeding for American Indian and Alaska Native Families
Everyone benefits from breastfeeding. There are many breastfeeding benefits for babies, mothers, and society. Babies who are breastfed receive health and immune system, developmental, psychological, social, economic, and environmental benefits. This guide is for all American Indian and Alaska Native women and their families who embrace life. It is a supportive tool for all women who choose to breastfeed.
External linkpdf file An Easy Guide to Breastfeeding
Everyone benefits from breastfeeding. There are many breastfeeding benefits for babies, mothers, and society. Babies who are breastfed receive health and immune system, developmental, psychological, social, economic, and environmental benefits. This guide is for all women and their families. It is a supportive tool for all women who choose to breastfeed.
External linkpdf file HHS Blueprint for Action on Breastfeeding
The Blueprint for Action introduces an action plan for breastfeeding based on education, training, awareness, support and research. The plan includes key recommendations that were refined by the members and reviewers of the Subcommittee on Breastfeeding during their deliberations of science-based findings. Recognizing that breastfeeding rates are influenced by various factors, these recommendations suggest an approach in which all interested stakeholders come together to forge partnerships to promote breastfeeding.
External linkpdf file An Easy Guide to Breastfeeding for African American Women
Everyone benefits from breastfeeding. There are many breastfeeding benefits for babies, mothers, and society. Babies who are breastfed receive health and immune system, developmental, psychological, social, economic, and environmental benefits. This guide is a supportive tool for African American women and their families who choose to breastfeed.
External linkpdf file An Easy Guide to Breastfeeding - In Chinese
Everyone benefits from breastfeeding. There are many breastfeeding benefits for babies, mothers, and society. Babies who are breastfed receive health and immune system, developmental, psychological, social, economic, and environmental benefits. This guide is for all women and their families. It is a supportive tool for all women who choose to breastfeed.
External linkpdf file Protect Your Baby from Group B Strep
If you are pregnant, you need to know about group B strep. This type of bacteria is very common to all types of women and can be passed on to your baby during childbirth. Your baby can get very sick and even die if you are not tested and treated.
External linkpdf file An Easy Guide to Breastfeeding for African-American Women
This Web site is aimed at educating the public about the importance of increasing breastfeeding rates in the African American community. The booklet from which this Web site was created was designed and published by the African-American Breastfeeding Alliance, Inc. (AABA), in partnership with the U.S. Office of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health.
External link Healthy Heart Handbook for Women
Every woman should be concerned about heart disease, the leading cause of death for American women. This easy-to-use, easy-to-read, 100-page handbook explains factors that place women at risk of heart disease and recommends steps they can take to protect their heart health. It also has special information for women with heart disease, including warning signs of a heart attack and how to prepare a heart attack survival plan. Other topics covered include hormone replacement therapy, cholesterol, healthy eating, physical activity, how to talk with your doctor, vitamin supplements and, by popular request, heart-smart recipes. Hard copies of this handbook may also be ordered.
External link Intimate Partner Violence Fact Sheet [PDF | 162KB]
Intimate Partner Violence Fact Sheet
External link Health Information for Minority Women
This publication offers an overview of the health risks and leading health concerns of minority women. Included is information on nutrition and wellness, minority health programs, publications and a list of minority health focused organizations.
External link The Many Shades of Lupus - Information for Multicultural Communities
This booklet looks at lupus in minority women, the signs and symptoms, causes, treatment, medication and more.
External link Fact Sheet for African American Women
This fact sheet looks at health concerns of African American women, including breast cancer, diabetes, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, lupus, sickle cell anemia, stroke and more.



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