Womens Health Across the Lifespan Overview

Women's Health Across the Lifespan

Sister and baby  woman with basketball  bride and mom  senior

Women's health issues continue to capture the spotlight in state legislatures, as the importance of health-related topics have grown along with demands on state budgets. Policymakers are often forced to view women's health by issue area such as breast cancer, chronic disease or pregnancy. A better way to understand women's health involves looking at a woman's life comprehensively.

Women's health begins at birth. In early childhood, health depends on proper nutrition and physical activity, and immunizations. As girls move into the teen and early adult years, awareness, prevention and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STI) and tobacco use become a concern for policymakers. Policymakers also address a variety of reproductive issues. Each year legislators made decisions about family planning, insurance mandates for contraceptives, infertility treatments, prenatal/postnatal services, breastfeeding, newborn screening and preventative screenings for women. As women grow older their health needs change. Management of cardiovascular and other chronic diseases becomes vital, as does screening for and knowledge about lung cancer, breast cancerovarian cancer, diabetes and a variety of other conditions. Mental health services throughout a woman's lifespan greatly affect her overall health as well.

Women's Health News and Updates

NCSL Women's Health Fall Forum Preconferences

Fall Forum 2013 Preconference – Women’s Health: Policy Strategies and Innovations for Wellness

Fall Forum 2012 Preconference – Improving Women’s Health: Research, Innovation, and Leadership

Fall Forum 2011 Preconference – Improving Women’s Health: Opportunities and Challenges of Health Reform

Fall Forum 2010 Preconference – Policy Options to Improve the Health of Women of All Ages



This site is possible with support from Novartis.

Share this: 
We are the nation's most respected bipartisan organization providing states support, ideas, connections and a strong voice on Capitol Hill.

NCSL Member Toolbox


7700 East First Place
Denver, CO 80230
Tel: 303-364-7700 | Fax: 303-364-7800


444 North Capitol Street, N.W., Suite 515
Washington, D.C. 20001
Tel: 202-624-5400 | Fax: 202-737-1069

Copyright 2015 by National Conference of State Legislatures