About the National Women’s Health Network
Who We Are
The National Women’s Health Network (NWHN) was founded in Washington, DC, in 1975 to change the conversation about women’s health. We are consumer activists, supported by a national membership of thousands of individuals. We shape policy and support consumer health decisions; monitor the actions of Federal regulatory and funding agencies, the health care industry, and the health professions; identify and expose health care abuses; and mobilize grassroots action for women’s health. To safeguard our independence as a trusted voice on women health, the NWHN chooses not to accept financial support from the pharmaceutical industry, medical device manufacturers, or insurance companies.
We improve the health of all women by developing and promoting a critical analysis of health issues in order to affect policy and support consumer decision-making.
We aspire to a just health system reflects the needs of all women.
We believe that:
- Evidence rather than profit must drive health care services.
- Health is a human right.
- Women’s lived experiences and knowledge of their own bodies must be recognized.
- The spectrum of women’s physiological experiences must be respected and not pathologized.
- Health policy must reflect the diversity of women’s lives.
- Health justice demands achieving health equity.