Resources

*Under construction* I am working on a list of resources for women experiencing discrimination in their health care services. Please check back as this list expands. Unfortunately, I have been unable to find many organizations dedicated to this issue. If you are aware of any that I do not have listed here, please email me at misstreatedblog@gmail.com

Organizations Doing Work Relevant to This Issue

American Medical Women's Association - They have a gender equity task force as well as a focus on sex and gender on women's health. Probably the best organization on this issue. Moreover they are one of the founding members of the Sex and Gender Women's Health Collaborative (discussed below). 

Heart Sisters - A website/blog devoted to women & heart disease. There are a number of great blog posts about the discrimination that women face.

The International Society for Gender Medicine - The purpose of this organization is to establish gender medicine by promoting gender-specific research in basic sciences, medicine, and public health. They also created the Gender Med database to collect research analyzing gender and sex differences in medicine. 

Movement Is Life - This organization has the "mission of decreasing musculoskeletal health disparities among women and minorities by raising awareness of their impact on chronic diseases and quality of life." So, this organization is exactly about the issue that this website is devoted to, but only in the narrow area of musculoskeletal health.

National Women's Health Network - This organization mostly focuses on traditional women's health issues (read: "bikini medicine" or reproductive health only), but one of their initiatives does relate to greater inclusion of women in clinical trials.  

Sex and Gender Women's Health Collaborative - This organization is closest to having a mission directly about the issues discussed in this blog. Their mission is to "to integrate sex and gender knowledge into medical education and practice to improve healthcare for all." The coolest thing about this organization is that they have a National Sex & Gender Physician Registry. It's a registry of medical practitioners who have "demonstrated a commitment to applying sex and gender evidence into their clinical practice, and who have completed a certificate program which requires 10 hours of accredited sex and gender specific health continuing medical education (CME) activities." Sadly, however, there are not yet any actual doctors on this registry, but they were just founded at the end of 2015, so I'm excited to see where this goes. 

Society for women's Health Research - This is a national non-profit based in Washington D.C. that is widely recognized as the thought-leader in promoting research on biological differences in disease and is dedicated to transforming women’s health through science, advocacy, and education. They advocate for women and minorities to be included in clinical trials and for scientists to study biological sex as a variable in their research.

Systemic Disease - Similar to this blog, it's a website that allows healthcare practitioners a place to share their stories of discrimination, be it due to sexism, racism, ablism, LGBT discrimination, you name it. Great site and great people running it.

Women's Health Foundations - The name is a misnomer. They only advocate for women's pelvic health, so it should really be called the Women's Pelvic Health Foundation. This is an important topic, of course, but the fact that so many of these organizations call themselves "Women's Health" organizations but are only really about bikini medicine is a bit unsettling. Women are more than their sexual organs!