Washington, D.C.Today, President Joe Biden announced a new initiative on women’s health research, an area that has been understudied in health care for far too long. In response, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (UCSM) released the following statements from USCM Past President Burnsville (MN) Mayor Elizabeth B. Kautz, and Tucson (AZ) Mayor Regina Romero, co-chairs of the USCM Task Force on Women’s Health and Reproductive Rights.

“America’s mayors are committed to protecting women’s ability to make decisions about their own bodies, especially at a time when so many states are enacting stricter limits on care such as abortion access,” said Mayor Kautz. “We appreciate the Biden administration acknowledging the threat and taking action to address the disparity in healthcare and health research for women. More research like this will improve the diagnosis, treatment, and health outcomes for women across the country.”

“Investing in women’s health research is not just a matter of compassion; it is a strategic commitment to our society’s prosperity and vitality,” said Mayor Romero. “By advancing research in women’s health, we empower not just individuals but entire communities, particularly communities of color. The White House Initiative on Women’s Health Research is an excellent step in the right direction. This research will empower women with the tools and information to make the best decisions about their bodies and their wellbeing.”