Promoting National Women's Health Week

April 27, 2009

This year, the Better Hearing Institute (BHI) is joining with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Women’s Health (OWH), in promoting National Women’s Health Week.  And we’re encouraging hearing health professionals across the country to take part! 

National Women's Health Week kicks off on Mother’s Day, May 10th.  It is a weeklong health observance coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health (OWH) and is dedicated to educating women about steps they can take to improve their health, reduce their risk for many diseases, and live longer, healthier, and happier lives.

Hearing health is an important component of women’s health.  Not only does it affect their quality of life and well being, but it also affects how well they communicate with their healthcare providers.  What’s more, women assume many important roles in our society.  How well they hear affects how well they can communicate and manage their many responsibilities.  Roughly 10 million women in America suffer from unaddressed hearing loss.

We see our participation in National Women’s Health Week as an important service that BHI and the hearing healthcare community can provide.  We look forward to making a difference in the lives of women across the country by educating them on how they can address hearing loss and preserve their hearing health. 

There are several ways you can partner with OWH to celebrate National Women’s Health Week.  Here are just some ideas:

  • Organize a hearing screening in your community.
  • Host a health fair.
  • Disseminate women’s health information.
  • Issue a local press release.
  • Send information through listservs.
  • Hang posters in prominent locations such as your office, library, local mall, or church.
  • Include the National Women’s Health Week Web banner on your web site.

To download materials on National Women’s Health Week, visit
If you do organize an event, please be sure to register it free of charge on the National Women’s Health Week web site at  Once you register an event or activity, you will have access to free materials.   For more information please go to or contact Elizabeth Osborn at or (202) 842-3600 x257.