Tuesday, November 10, 2015

An Afternoon Recognizing Women's Health

Last month, associates across MHRI sat in to hear an overview of the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) and MHRI's significant contributions to the project over the years. 

The WHI was established by the National Institutes of health (NIH) in 1991 to address the most common causes of death, disability, and impaired quality of life in postmenopausal women.It included randomized controlled trials of hormone therapy, low fat diet, and Calcium/Vitamin D supplementation to address cardiovascular disease, cancer, and osteoporosis as well as an observational study.

The WHI enrolled more than 160,000 postmenopausal women, making it one of the largest U.S. prevention studies of its kind. MHRI's group enrolled nearly 4,000 women in 3 years including the highest number of African American women per site to the study.

Dr. Barbara Howard, former MHRI president and WHI Principal Investigator at MHRI, gave an informative overview of the study and results of this important study. Geraldine Boggs, Program Manager for WHI will be retiring after 20 years with MHRI and spoke about her involvement in the project. 

To learn more about the Initiative click here or check the November issue of our FOCUS Newsletter

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