I am excited to introduce the 2020 issue of the Utah Women’s Health Review (UWHR), which was newly launched by the University of Utah Center of Excellence in Women’s Health and Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library in May of 2020. Despite coming on board just as COVID-19 was ramping up in the US, we have had a successful past year. In May of 2020, we had a well-attended Sex, Gender, and Women’s Health Across the Lifespan symposium, featuring Dr. Susan Madsen updating us on the education, leadership, and well-being of Utah women; Dr. Lisa Diamond challenging us on new ways of thinking of sex, gender, transgender, and non-binary identities; Dr. Annie Fukushima painting the stark picture of gender-based violence across borders, and Dr. Marjorie Jenkins educating us on evidence-based clinical care for midlife women. And throughout the year, on a rolling basis, we published a variety of manuscripts and commentaries, several of which have been PubMed indexed due to being affiliated with NIH grants.
Our 2021 issue is well underway with an increasing number of submissions and publications. The journal publishes original research or review articles, data snapshots, and commentaries focusing on women’s health or sex and gender differences that affect the 7 Domains of Health—physical, social, emotional, intellectual, environmental, financial, and spiritual. The Editorial Board reflects our ONE U for U (1U4U) approach to sex and gender health. By creating and hosting this peer-reviewed journal within Eccles Library Digital Publishing, UWHR is able to facilitate publication opportunities to established sex and gender health researchers as well as graduate students, residents, and up-and-coming professionals all over Utah. UWHR’s rolling submissions and publication dates allow for a fast turn-around time as well as a satisfying experience for submitting authors. Using the WordPress platform, we invite ongoing submissions. There are no publication charges. All published articles are covered by a Creative Commons License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) and assigned a DOI. UWHR could not succeed without our valuable peer reviewers and associated editors. Please reach out to us if you are interested in serving in either of these capacities.
The broad spectrum of articles you will find in this 2020 issue highlight the reality that health is more than one dimension. Thinking of health in these multiple dimensions more accurately portrays women’s health challenges and embraces creative problem solving for improving women’s health across the lifespan. We look forward to receiving and reviewing your submissions this next year and beyond.
Karen Schliep, PhD, MSPH