The Center was founded in 2004 as the Central Pennsylvania Center of Excellence for Research on Pregnancy Outcomes, with a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Health (nonformula tobacco settlement funds). The Center was re-named the Penn State Center for Women’s Health Research in 2011 to reflect the expanded research and training agenda in women’s health.
The Center coordinates with the Penn State BIRCWH (Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health) Program, a K12 training program funded by NIH that provides mentored research career development for junior faculty members interested in women’s health or sex/gender differences related to health. In recent years, the Center has been supported by the Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Studies at the College of Medicine, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Department of Public Health Sciences, and individual donations. The Penn State Center for Women’s Health Research is sponsored by The Robert E. Dye MD Professorship and the Penn State Hershey Commission for Women.
Administratively based in the Department of Public Health Sciences in the College of Medicine, the Center welcomes participation by Penn State faculty members and students interested in research on women’s health and sex/gender issues related to health. The Center offers:
- Access to a network of Penn State investigators who are actively involved in women’s health research
- Access to expertise in the recruitment of women in the region for research studies
- Opportunities for interdisciplinary research collaboration and mentoring
- Access to datasets from women’s health projects, as well as national databases on women’s health
- Measures of women’s health status, health-related behavior, and satisfaction with health care, as well as expertise in measure development
- Additional resources for developing and conducting research projects in women’s health
The Center welcomes participation by Penn State faculty members and students interested in interdisciplinary approaches to understanding women’s health and sex/gender issues related to health. The Center offers opportunities for research collaboration, mentoring, datasets and measures, and other resources for developing and conducting women’s health research projects.
The Center is proud to be affiliated with the peer-reviewed journal, Women’s Health Issues, a multidisciplinary journal that publishes research and review articles related to women’s health care and policy. Carol Weisman, PhD, is Associate Editor, and Cynthia Chuang, MD, is a member of the Editorial Board. They are happy to discuss potential submissions with Penn State investigators. Information for authors can be found at http://www.journals.elsevier.com/womens-health-issues/