Each year on Mother’s Day the US Department of Health and Human Services kicks off National Women’s Health Week. Starting on Sunday, May 13, individuals, communities, and health agencies, among others, will unite in an effort to advocate for women to take control of their health. The 2012 theme is, It’s Your Time. According to the campaign website, organizations will host different events, such as free screenings and health fairs, disseminate educational materials, issue proclamations, conduct media outreach, and more.
Women are being confronted with complex challenges including economic disparities, child and elder care responsibilities, and increased demands at work and at home. It is not uncommon that health care needs often takes a back seat to other priorities. On Monday, May 14, NASW encourages our women members to participate in National Women’s Check-up Day (part of National Women’s Health Week) by scheduling a checkup, speaking to a health care provider about what screenings and test might be needed, and/or learning which immunizations are needed and at what age.
For updated information about activities throughout the weeklong celebration follow womenshealth.gov on twitter and search #NWHW.