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Initiatives

Launch and fund new studies on pressing health concerns for women and the influence of sex and gender on health outcomes

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WHRY’s Pilot Project Program stands as a national model. It initiates innovative research on the health of women and sex-and-gender differences. Through this program, Yale faculty receive “seed” grants. These grants generate the feasibility data necessary to secure larger external grants. And they extend the center’s reach through national and international collaborations.

Build the interdisciplinary research partnerships required to answer complex health questions

WHRY brings scientists from different fields together to address complex medical conditions. Our principal investigators are Yale faculty with unique expertise. They have an enduring commitment to research excellence. And they have tremendous reach in influencing their fields of research. These partnerships provide the expertise necessary to advance research beyond what's possible within a single discipline.

Educate diverse audiences about new health information through community partnerships

WHRY’s communications efforts meet a long-term need for the public to have a clear and trusted source for current, accurate, and accessible health information. To achieve this goal, the center leverages many outlets. These include print and electronic newsletters, videos, social media, and traditional news media.

Mentor the next generation to study the influence of sex and gender on health outcomes

WHRY prepares students and junior faculty to carry this work forward and engage their future colleagues and mentees. We fill the unmet need for medical students and undergraduate students to understand and appreciate the importance of studying women and how sex and gender affect health. The center also prepares students and junior faculty to advance this work in their own careers.

Assert a national voice on women’s health to inform public policy

Women’s Health Research at Yale uses its stature on the national stage to bridge needs observed in our local communities with larger, national efforts. In doing so, the center helps marshal resources to address broad health problems. The most prominent example of this initiative is the center’s partnership with Elevate. Yale’s new policy laboratory, Elevate implements evidence-based interventions for socially and economically disadvantaged women, children, and families.