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Women's Health Issues

3.0 Contact Hours
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe key health issues facing women, both globally and nationally.
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Women represent over half of the global population. Despite this, women and their health issues have traditionally been neglected both nationally and globally. Although this is slowly changing, many of the health issues facing women today do not receive the appropriate attention they deserve and women’s health suffers as a result. The major health issues facing women include heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, urinary incontinence, and skin conditions, as well as a variety of gynecological health concerns (including sexually transmitted diseases).

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • State key events in the history of women’s health.
  • Describe key health concerns facing women today, including heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, urinary incontinence, and skin conditions.
  • Describe important gynecological health concerns of women, including endometriosis, premenstrual syndrome, and menopause.
  • Discuss sexually transmitted diseases common to women.

Women represent half of the global population. In many regions of the world, women outnumber men. Despite their numbers, women and their health issues have traditionally been neglected both nationally and globally. Although this is slowly changing, many of the issues facing women today continue to be marginalized, negated, and ignored by the (mostly) male-dominated medical community (Blumenthal, 2011; Heath, 2013; United Nations, 2015).

Gender discrimination in health care is present in other aspects including healthcare research, diagnosis, and treatment. Many of the disease studies and prevention aspects of various health issues have traditionally been focused on men. For example, women react differently to medication than men, they metabolize alcohol differently than men, and they normally have lower blood sugar than men. Yet many of the studies surrounding drug safety tests, alcohol metabolism, and hypoglycemia have been conducted on men. This type of discrimination often leads to illogical and statistically incorrect conclusions that greatly impact the diagnosis and treatment of diseases in women (Heath, 2013).

Health-risk factors such as poverty, discrimination, and violence greatly undermine women’s health (and often affect women more than men) but are often poorly addressed or considered “less important” by healthcare organizations, states, and the government than other issues facing the public (Blumenthal, 2011).

Even insurance companies have charged women more than men or denied them coverage altogether (National Women’s Law Center, 2017). Pay inequity for women results in twice as many women who are underinsured as men. Women represent nearly two thirds of all Medicaid recipients, and Medicaid reform poses additional threats to this population by cutting important healthcare benefits for women and children. When employment opportunities are also limited, more women and their children may face the possibility of not having health coverage (National Association of Social Workers, 2017). 

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

  • American Board of Managed Care Nursing
  • ANCC - American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • AOTA - American Occupational Therapy Association
  • ASWB - Association of Social Work Boards
  • California Board of Registered Nursing
  • California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Florida Board of Respiratory Care
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery
  • NAADAC - The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors


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Course Expires:

August 23, 2020

  • Caroline Young, MPH
  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
Jurisdictional Requirements:

Continuing education (CE) licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. These CE requirements may vary in terms of the number of hours required to the types of courses that must be taken. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC recommends you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. Compliance with CE requirements is the responsibility of the individual health care provider. Health care providers must understand the CE requirements in their jurisdictions, and be sure they are up-to-date on any rule changes that affect their license. For further information, please see our Accreditation Information.

Accommodations for Disabilities:

Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodations, please contact us.

Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Commercial Support:

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

Non-endorsement of products:

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.