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Women’s health is tied directly to the health and wealth of our country, our workforce, and our economy. During Women’s Health Week 2022, Women’s Health Access Matters (WHAM) Founder and CEO Carolee Lee says we must make women’s health research funding matter more!

Research Should be Top of Women’s Health Week Agenda

This Women’s Health Week, May 8th-May 15th  I am asking: How is it possible that the percent of research funding focused specifically on women’s health is in the low single digits when women comprise over half our population?

Women are over 50% of the population, nearly half the workforce. They are the drivers of our economy controlling 60% of personal wealth and 85% of consumer spending decisions.  Yet women are disproportionately impacted by deadly diseases, and research about their health is still just a small share of funding. 

For example, heart disease is the number one killer of women, and yet just 4.5% of research focuses specifically on women.

 

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Infographic courtesy of WHAM- Women’s Health Access Matters

Better science for women’s health, means a better long term investment

Without comprehensive knowledge of how to diagnose and treat women’s health, we will continue to suffer economic hits. We urgently need to accelerate funding for women’s health research. The WHAM Report shows that women’s health is not just good science, it’s a better investment.

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Infographic courtesy of WHAM- Women’s Health Access Matters

Doubling the current research focused on women in just three disease areas, adding $300 million, will yield over $13 billion in economic returns. Attained through greater quality of life, economic gains, and reduced healthcare costs. In order to truly celebrate women’s health, we must first invest in it.

Focus on the economic issue we can’t afford to ignore

So this Women’s Health Week let’s consider the bottom line. If we invest $300 million in women’s health research across just three diseases, we will get $13 billion in returns to our economy.

About the author Carolee Lee

Carolee LeeAccessCircles was founded in 2007 by Carolee Lee, the former CEO and founder of Carolee Designs, one of the world’s leading accessories brands. After the sale of her business in 2001, Carolee focused her passion and energy on women’s health and life planning with a vision to create AccessCircles. This is a global by-invitation network for women providing connectivity, knowledge and access to thought leaders, resources and experiences that transform our lives. AccessCircles is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of women. In July, 2018, Carolee launched WHAM (Women’s Health Access Matters) as a donor-funded, non-profit, dedicated to improving and elevating women’s health to 21st century standards by applying precision medicine in prevention, diagnosis, treatment and outcomes

By transforming their medical care through the discovery, dissemination, and integration of sex and gender-based differences and the application of this knowledge to the delivery of care. The focus is on building awareness of Gender Precision Medicine to impact issues related to women’s health and gender biology and for advocating for changes in public policy to improve the health of women by advancing the new field of Gender Precision Medicine.

References

WHAM, whamnow.org, is a 501c3 dedicated to funding women’s health research to transform women’s lives. You can read the FULL WHAM report here:
https://thewhamreport.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/TheWHAMReport_crosscutting-compressed.pdf


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Carolee Lee

Carolee Lee is the founder and CEO, AccessCircles. AccessCircles www.accesscircles was founded in June of 2007 by Carolee Lee, the former CEO and founder of Carolee Designs, one of the world’s leading accessories brands. After the sale of her business in 2001, Carolee focused her passion and energy on women’s health and life planning with a vision to create AccessCircles, a global by-invitation network for women providing connectivity, knowledge and access to thought leaders, resources and experiences that transform our lives. Her goal is to create an organization that will create change for all women through their shared wisdom and influence. As founder and CEO of Carolee Designs, Carolee led her organization through all business life cycles, from early stages to a highly respected, recognized brand. In 2001, Carolee negotiated the sale of Carolee Designs to Retail Brand Alliance, a privately held retail company with sales of $1.5 billion. She remained with the company until 2005. Throughout her career, Carolee has embraced mentoring and leadership roles in many diverse business organizations and is active in numerous civic, philanthropic and educational organizations. Some of those have included: Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA); The Society for Women’s Health Research, Women’s World Bank and The Museum of Arts and Design. She is a past Chair of the Committee of 200, the organization of preeminent businesswomen and also served as the Chair of its Foundation Board. Carolee currently serves as a director on the board of DSW, Inc., a leading shoe retailer; The Women’s Leadership Board at The John F. Kennedy School of Government and as a founding board member of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation where she has served since 1986. Carolee has been recognized with numerous awards and recognitions for her professional and philanthropic achievements.

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