EP Women's Health

Expert Panel on Women's Health

The Expert Panel on Women's Health educates and disseminates new research associated with women’s health. The panel explores health issues related to women ranging from topics on health disparities for women of various racial and income groups to reproductive issues and preventable diseases.

Inaugural Year: 1998

Elizabeth A. Kostas-Polston, PhD, APRN, WHNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN

Assistant Professor, RWJF Nurse Faculty Alumnus, Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
Uniformed Services University
Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing

Vice Chair:
Ivy Alexander, PhD, APRN, ANP-BC, FAANP, FAAN
Clinical Professor
University of Connecticut, School of Nursing

Board Liaison: Angela Amar

Staff Liaison: Madeleine Rohrbach

Previous Chairs: Versie Johnson-Mallard (2019-2020), Diana Taylor (2017-2018), Judith Berg (2015-2016), Judith Lewis (2014-2015), Mary A. Nies (2003), Ellen Olshansky (1998), Judith Berg (1998)

The primary focus of the Expert Panel on Women’s Health is on reducing the gaps of health disparities and inequalities and strengthening the nursing and health care delivery system nationally and internationally.

Some of the most prevalent public health problems women encounter include:

  • Almost half (49%) of all pregnancies are unintended
  • Women lack access to preconception and inter-conception health care
  • Rising exposure to STIs and HIV/AIDs causes significant disease burden for women
  • Breast and lung cancer
  • Cardiovascular diseases are the no. 1 cause of death in women
  • Aging women suffer excessive morbidity from osteoporosis and Alzheimers Disease
  • Women assume most of the burden of caregiving of children, aging adults, and individuals with chronic illnesses

The panel synthesizes and disseminates knowledge for the purpose of improving health care practices.



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