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FOR YEARS, advocates have emphasized that the dimensions of women's health go far beyond functions of the ovaries and uterus. Now, a broad-based group of experts is pushing for a new focus on the behavioral and psychosocial factors that affect women's health.
Led by officials of the American Psychological Association (APA), the experts convened in Washington, DC, for the first national conference aimed at developing a specific agenda to address the psychosocial aspects of women's health care.
"The group is using feedback from the conference's participants and advisory committee to draft an agenda that we hope will be available by September," says Gwendolyn Puryear Keita, PhD, director of the APA's Women's Programs Office.
Keita pointed out that the agenda is important as a guide in establishing research funding and programming priorities at the federal level. The APA plans to present the agenda to Congress, Keita said, "because we're trying to
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