Sexual and Reproductive Health Education for Adolescents with Cystic Fibrosis

Abstract Objective: To assess the SRH needs of adolescents with CF and create a SRH education guideline for CF providers. Methods: Adolescents and young adults (AYA) were asked to complete a questionnaire about SRH educational needs. If the AYA was under the age of 18 years, their parent was also asked to participate. Survey data …

Exploring the Differences in Sleep Quality for Pre-Menopausal Women

Problem Statement Sleep is an important consideration in a woman’s health: sleep disorders are associated with poor physical and mental health outcomes, including depression, anxiety, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and glucose dysregulation1, and sleep also affects mood and brain cognition, including memory, decision making, sustained attention, and motor control.2 Compared to men, women experience a 40 …

Hidden Women: Unmet Medical Needs of Utah’s Incarcerated Women

Problem Statement In this commentary we will outline the unique health needs of Utah’s imprisoned female population, including the need to address cervical and breast cancer, age-related illness, substance abuse, and heart disease. We highlight that incarcerated women experience higher rates of substance abuse, physical and sexual assault, and trauma than their non-incarcerated counterparts, leading …

The Impact of Socioeconomic Status on Women’s Physical Health

Problem Statement The relationship between socioeconomic status (SES) and women’s physical health warrants further study, particularly through a social work lens. SES is determined by more than income; SES is also influenced by one’s level of education, individual perceptions of social standings, and overall financial security. A lower SES increases the likelihood that one will …

Obesity and Mental Health

Problem Statement The prevalence of obesity in the United States has increased from 30.5% to 42.4% among adults over the past twenty years.1 Although obesity has an impact on health regardless of gender, some disparities exist. Rates of obesity are similar among men and women; however, stroke risk associated with obesity has remained stagnant in …

Female Healthcare Workers’ Mental Health During COVID-19 and Available Resources

Problem Statement Adverse mental health outcomes are a severe public health issue that significantly affects our healthcare providers’ health and performance.1 Worldwide, female healthcare providers have been physically and emotionally exhausted from caring for COVID-19 patients. Their mental health may be affected by the increased demand for care and the maintenance of personal responsibilities. Additional …

Extreme Risk Protective Orders and Reducing Intimate Partner Homicides

Problem Statement Domestic violence (DV) and intimate partner violence (IPV) range from physical, emotional, sexual, mental, and verbal abuse from either a person in the same domestic household of a person or a person who wants to be intimate with another person. DV and IPV can have lasting consequences on a woman’s health, including emotional …

Mental Health for Latina Youth: The Need for Tailored Resiliency Interventions

Problem Statement Mental health is a serious issue associated with reduced life satisfaction, shortened life expectancy, and higher rates of physical illnesses.1,2 Among adolescents, poor mental health significantly impacts long-term health behaviors, such as drug use or sexual behaviors.3 In the recent Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data Summary and Trends Report for 2019, feelings of …