Closing the Gaps
Committee on Preventive Services for Women
Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice
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COMMITTEE ON PREVENTIVE SERVICES FOR WOMEN
Linda Rosenstock (Chair), Dean, School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles
Alfred O. Berg, Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle
Claire D. Brindis, Professor of Pediatrics and Health Policy, Department of Pediatrics and Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Health Services, and Director, Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
Angela Diaz, Jean C. and James W. Crystal Professor of Adolescent Health, Department of Pediatrics and Community Preventative Medicine, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, New York
Francisco Garcia, Distinguished Outreach Professor of Public Health, Obstetrics and Gynecology; Director, University of Arizona Center of Excellence in Women’s Health; and Codirector, Cancer Disparities Institute, University of Arizona, Tucson
Kimberly Gregory, Vice Chair, Women’s Healthcare Quality and Performance Improvement, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California
Paula A. Johnson, Executive Director, Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology, and Chief, Division of Women’s Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
Anthony Lo Sasso, Professor and Senior Research Scientist, Division of Health Policy and Administration, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health
Jeanette H. Magnus, Cecile Usdin Professor in Women’s Health and Chair, Department of Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
Heidi D. Nelson, Research Professor of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology and Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University, and Medical Director for Cancer Prevention and Screening, Providence Cancer Center, Providence Health & Services, Portland, Oregon
Roberta B. Ness, Dean and M. David Low Chair in Public Health, School of Public Health, University of Texas, Houston
Magda G. Peck, Professor of Public Health and Pediatrics and Associate Dean for Community Engagement and Public Health Practice, College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Centers, Omaha, Nebraska
E. Albert Reece, Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Maryland, and John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and Dean, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore
Alina Salganicoff, Vice President and Director, Women’s Health Policy, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Menlo Park, California
Sally W. Vernon, Division Director, Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, Blair Justice, Ph.D. Professorship in Mind-Body Medicine and Public Health, and Professor of Epidemiology and Behavioral Sciences, University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston
Carol S. Weisman, Distinguished Professor of Public Health Sciences and Obstetrics and Gynecology and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey
Karen Helsing, Study Director
Jesse Flynn, Associate Program Officer
Suzanne Landi, Research Assistant
Chelsea Frakes, Senior Program Assistant
Rebekah E. Gee, Institute of Medicine Anniversary Fellow
Amy Pryzbocki, Financial Associate
Rose Marie Martinez, Senior Director, Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice
This report has been reviewed in draft form by persons chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise in accordance with procedures approved by the National Research Council’s Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards of objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We thank the following for their review of this report:
Eli Y. Adashi, Professor of Medical Science, The Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University
Wylie Burke, Professor and Chair, Department of Bioethics and Humanities, School of Medicine, University of Washington
Ned Calonge, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Colorado Trust
Carol A. Ford, Chief, Craig Dalsimer Division of Adolescent Medicine and Orton Jackson Endowed Chair in Adolescent Medicine, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Paula M. Lantz, S.J. Axelrod Collegiate Professor of Health Management and Policy and Chair, Department of Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health, University of Michigan
JoAnn E. Manson, Chief, Division of Preventive Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Elizabeth F. Brigham Professor of Medicine and Women’s Health, Harvard Medical School
Gary E. Raskob, Dean and Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine, College of Public Health, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Rita Redberg, Director, Women’s Cardiovascular Services Medical Center, University of California, San Francisco
Sara Rosenbaum, Hirsh Professor and Chair, Department of Health Policy, School of Public Health and Health Services, The George Washington University Medical Center
Donna Strobino, Professor and Vice Chair of Education, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University
Nancy Fugate Woods, Dean Emeritus, School of Nursing, University of Washington
Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or recommendations, nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of the report was overseen by Nancy E. Adler, Professor of Medical Psychology, Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, and Director, Center for Health and Community, University of California, San Francisco and Susan J. Curry, Dean, College of Public Health, University of Iowa. Appointed by the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine, they were responsible for making certain that an independent examination of the report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of the report rests entirely with the author committee and the institution.
As chair of the Committee on Preventive Services for Women, I want to personally thank my fellow committee members for their willingness to serve, for their hard work, and for contributing their remarkable expertise to this study. I have been honored to contribute to this effort. Each of us works in different domains relating to preventive health services, and although the short time frame provided to perform this study presented a challenge, my esteemed colleagues who comprised the committee worked as a team with great dedication and spirit to achieve consensus. It was a pleasure to work with each and every one of them.
The diverse committee involves an impressive array of researchers and practitioners, including two members who served on the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and one who leads USPSTF systematic evidence reviews. Although we could not conduct a USPSTF-style systematic review for any single preventable health condition or determinant of well-being, nor were we expected to do so, I believe that our end product is a study that has important, evidence-based recommendations that provide a road map to improved preventive services for women. Throughout the process we repeatedly asked ourselves whether the disease or condition that we were addressing was of significance to women and especially whether it was more common or more serious in women than in men or whether women experienced different outcomes or benefited from different interventions than men. I believe that the preventive services that we recommend for consideration in this report readily satisfy these questions.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 has afforded
us an historic occasion. For the first time, prevention plays a central role within the scope of new health insurance plans in the United States. Also, an ongoing focus on women’s preventive services is expected to be included in these efforts. Given the history of inadequate attention to women’s health research and preventive services noted by many (including previous Institute of Medicine [IOM] committees), I am truly optimistic that gains in women’s health and well-being will ensue. With the multiple roles that women play in society, to invest in the health and well-being of women is to invest in progress for all.
I regret that we were unable to resolve to his satisfaction the issues raised by one committee member, Anthony Lo Sasso. In his statement of dissent, he identifies his main concerns, which are with the constraints of the study’s charge and subsequent process. His statement, along with the committee’s response, can be found in Appendix D of the report.
I thank the IOM staff, especially our senior project officer, Karen Helsing, and also Jesse Flynn, Suzanne Landi, Chelsea Frakes, and IOM Anniversary Fellow Rebekah Gee. All went above and beyond to support the committee throughout the process. We also are indebted to Rose Marie Martinez, senior director of the Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice, for her presence throughout and her invaluable guidance and support. I am grateful as well to those who presented and attended our committee’s open sessions and those who submitted comments and informed our work with their research and opinion pieces. Without their dedicated work this report would not have been possible.
|Linda Rosenstock, Chair
Committee on Preventive Services for Women