Promoting National Women's Health Week

April 30, 2010


The Better Hearing Institute (BHI) is again 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 starts on Mother’s Day, May 9. It is a week-long observance to empower women to make their health a top priority. With the theme “It’s Your Time,” the nationwide initiative encourages women to take simple steps for a longer, healthier, and happier life.

More than 13 million women in America suffer from unaddressed hearing loss.  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.

We see our participation in National Women’s Health Week again this year 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 http://www.womenshealth.gov/whw/activity-planning/promote/.

Also available for ordering is BHI’s Consumer Brochure with Frequently Asked Questions About Hearing Loss. This consumer brochure is a “Call to Action” for people to address their hearing loss.  It answers basic questions about hearing loss and gives people the information they need to take the first steps in addressing their hearing health.

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 http://www.womenshealth.gov/WHW/my-account/sign-in.cfm.  Once you register an event or activity, you will have access to free materials.   For more information please go to http://www.womenshealth.gov/whw or contact Elizabeth Osborn at eosborn@hagersharp.com or (202) 842-3600 x257.