Help researchers improve health data
Health conditions and medications affect women’s bodies differently than men’s, so it’s important to understand the specifics of women’s health. Heart attacks often present differently in women than men, for example. And we’re learning that medication, such as the common sleep aid Ambien, is metabolized in women’s bodies differently than in men’s, meaning women and men need different doses.
In order to learn more about specifics of women’s health, the University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science has launched Women’s Health & You for all women in Kentucky who are at least 18 years old. Women’s Health & You (WHY) is the new name for the Kentucky Women’s Health Registry, and provides women the opportunity to help us reduce the gap for women in medical research by responding to surveys about their health. Participants also receive information on health issues and research opportunities of interest to them. Since 2006, more than 17,000 women across Kentucky have joined.
Membership in Women’s Health & You helps women actively engage with their own health, and helps researchers learn more about how life experiences influence well-being across our lifespan. Our health changes over time and by domains, including physical, emotional, social, sexual and intellectual health. WHY is unique in measuring changes in health over time and across this range of health domains.
WHY invites women over the age of 18 to help us improve women’s health and reduce the gap of women’s participation in health research that affects them.
Becoming a member of Women’s Health & You is simple. Initial participation takes only 5‑10 minutes to complete a confidential electronic survey and become a part of a group of women who are learning more about their own health and changing the way we approach the female-centric health issues.
Go to www.womenshealthandyou.net to become a member of WHY. If you have any questions, call (859) 218-4869 or email WHY@uky.edu. KL