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May 2006Vol. 7, No. 4National Women's Health Week

An alliance of national organizations will join the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in celebrating National Women’s Health Week, May 14–20, in an effort to raise awareness about manageable steps that women can take to improve their health. The week's activities, including National Women’s Check-Up Day on May 15 and a host of health screening events across the country, will help underserved women gain access to preventive health-care services.

Good physical and mental health are especially important for mothers and mothers-to-be. Maternal mental illness, substance abuse, and lack of access to services are factors that may increase the risk to children of abuse and neglect. Healthy mothers who have access to services are in a better position to cope with the challenges of parenting.

The National Women's Health Information Center, in the Office of Women's Health at HHS, has complete information about National Women's Health Week on its website. Also on the website:

  • A database of women's health indicators, which can be searched by topic (e.g., maternal health, violence and abuse) and geographic region or State
  • Publications on specific health topics, including Spanish-language publications
  • Tools to promote better health

Visit the National Women's Health Information Center website: