The WHC is releasing a Patient Experience Survey and Advocacy Report to launch Women’s Health Week on May 7, 2022
Women’s Health Week is a province-wide initiative of the Women’s Health Coalition Alberta. Anchored by Mother’s Day, the week will focus on raising awareness, increasing understanding, and engagement about women’s experiences in sexual, reproductive, and menstrual health for life.
One in three women will experience significantly disruptive menstrual/uterine health challenges in their lifetime. “We need to elevate the conversation about sexual, reproductive and menstrual health – through ALL the ages and stages.” says WHC Chair, Carmen Wyton. “More than 600,000 girls as young as 10, and women, are facing challenges from debilitating health conditions that are overlooked and dismissed as normal. Navigating the health system is complicated and women can drift for 10 years without a diagnosis, access to a specialist, or the right treatment.”
During Women’s Health Week, we will bring attention to these issues and stimulate bold and provocative conversations that will encourage women to take authority over their health experience.
We need a better understanding of the ‘time-to-diagnosis’. The Patient Experience Survey will examine barriers, gaps, and bias in gynecological health – from the perspective of the Patient and the Practitioner. Our 2022 Advocacy Report will put a spotlight on the current state of gynecology in Alberta’s health system and identify ways to work together for better lived experiences.
Women’s Health Week will kick-off on May 7 at 10:00 am with a webinar on the topic of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Webinar. Learn more (here). Albertans are also encouraged to WearRedPeriodon May 11 to show their support for Women’s Health Week. We encourage workplace conversations to examine policies and practices that may inhibit women’s success due to an unconscious bias about reproductive and menstrual health.
The WHC is catalyzing partnerships with the healthcare community, government, and industry to challenge traditional thinking to address inequities in gynecological health systems, ensure the system is accessible, easy to navigate, and patient centred. The WHC advocates for women to share their experiences and to be heard so meaningful change can occur.
Learn more about Women’s Health Week, May 7-13, 2022
For more information, contact:
Chair and Founder
Women’s Health Coalition Alberta