AUSTIN – Hundreds of Texas leaders, employees, state health workers and families showcased their support of Texas women today by wearing pink to commemorate National Women’s Health Week.
State health officials joined forces to call on all Texans to wear pink to celebrate women, highlight women’s health programs and continue the conversation about improving women’s health across the board.
“We want women to live their best lives,” said Dr. Courtney N. Phillips, the first woman to be appointed executive commissioner of Texas Health and Human Services. “This week serves as a reminder for women to make themselves a priority and take steps toward better physical and mental health. Together we can be role models for health and continue on our trajectory of improving the lives of all Texans.”
“As we recognize Women’s Health Week, I am proud to report that funding for women’s health is at an all-time high, and we are serving more women than ever before,” said Sen. Jane Nelson. “We will continue to make sure that women’s health services are available in communities across the state.”
Dr. Phillips and Dr. John Hellerstedt, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, put out the call last week to prompt more awareness of women’s health issues. Texas Health and Human Services, which includes DSHS, manages an array of services and initiatives to help Texas women live healthier lives and build strong families.
National Women’s Health Week, May 12 to 18, is a nationally recognized week that serves as a reminder for women to make their health a priority and build positive health habits that improve lives.
State health officials urge women to stay up to date on preventive screenings and be aware of the spectrum of health resources that may be available to them.
Texas HHS launched a week of activities in support of Women’s Health Week and is encouraging the use of the #ISupportTexasWomen hashtag to highlight local efforts along with the #NWHW national hashtag. HHS employees statewide are wearing pink and showcasing their support through signage, photos and fliers.
The agency administers an array of programs that directly support Texas women including:
- Texas WIC — serves approximately 707,000 Texas women, infants and children each month.
- Healthy Texas Women — served more than 170,000 Texas women in 2018.
- Family Planning Program — served more than 100,000 Texas women in 2018.
- Breast and Cervical Cancer Services — served more than 33,000 Texas women in 2018.
- Medicaid for Pregnant Women — served more than 277,000 Texas women in 2018.
- Substance Use Disorder Services — served more than 10,000 women and families in 2018.
More information is available at hhs.texas.gov. Texas residents can dial 2-1-1 to learn about programs and services that support women’s health in Texas.