Letter from the Editor, Jessica Sanders, PhD, MSPH, 2019 | Categories From the Editor

Executive Summary

The University of Utah’s Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, in collaboration with the Utah Department of Health and the Utah Women’s Health Coalition, has prepared an interdisciplinary publication devoted to Women’s Health in Utah-The Utah Women’s Health Review. This review represents an overview of health situations and opportunities for improvement in community health in Utah.

The Utah Women’s Health Review is an opportunity to highlight how far we have come in the last decade, since the Women’s Health in Utah update was last published (https://uofuhealth.utah.edu/coe-womens-health/docs/coe-supplement-vol12.pdf), and also to serve as a forum for updates. This review also sheds light on gender differences and the areas where gender disparities continue to exist, and brings to light new and unresolved health concerns that need to be addressed. In this publication we have thoughtfully considered the intersection of physical and reproductive health, social health, emotional health, occupational and financial health, environmental health, intellectual health and spiritual health.

The goal of this publication is to update knowledge surrounding women’s health issues in our Utah community and beyond, as well as to create a tool that can be used to improve health for years to come and to serve as an open access home for publishing region- specific research. The Utah Women’s Health Review also serves as a model for other Academic institutions and states to bring together interdisciplinary researchers, public health practitioners and women’s health advocates to collaborate on a body of work that focuses on regional health issues.

The broad spectrum of articles highlights the reality that health is more than one dimension—and that thinking of health in these multiple dimensions more accurately portrays the women’s health challenges in public health.

Center of Excellence in Women’s Health

The Center for Excellence in Women’s Health (CoE) is a multidisciplinary group focused on enhancing overall health and wellness for women. We are founded on the 5 pillars of community outreach, clinical care, research, education and leadership development.

Our goal is to empower women of all ages with the knowledge to improve their health and the health of their families. The work of the CoE is based on:
•Respect, caring, compassion, and integrity
•Being non-competitive, non-hierarchical, and collaborative
•Evidence-based practices
We are supported in part by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences, the Center for Clinical and Translational Science, the Office of Health Equity and Inclusion, DHHS Office on Women’s Health, and the Office of Research on Women’s Health. This review has been made possible in part by the Educational Resource Development Council at the University of Utah.

The 7 Domains of Women’s Health

Everything we do is based on our philosophy that health is not just physical health, but also encompasses psychological/emotional, environmental, sociocultural, intellectual, economic, and spiritual – an approach we sum up as “The 7 Domains of Health”. We promote these domains through information, research, education, outreach programs and clinical care. The COE provides a great opportunity for people with a wide range of philosophies to network and share and develop innovative projects together.