Women's Health Issues

Women's Health Issues

Women's Health Issues is a peer-reviewed, bimonthly, multidisciplinary journal of the Jacobs Institute. It publishes original research, systematic review articles, and commentaries on women's health care and policy. The journal seeks to inform health services researchers, social scientists, healthcare and public health professionals, and policymakers and to engage readers in the perspectives of multiple disciplines relevant to the study of women's health.

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WHI gives priority to scholarly articles that improve understanding of how social, healthcare, and policy factors relate to women’s health. It has a particular focus on women's issues in the context of the U.S. healthcare delivery system and policymaking processes, although it invites submissions addressing women's healthcare issues in a global context if relevant to North American readers.  

Karen A. McDonnell, PhD, is the journal’s Editor-in-Chief. The journal accepts unsolicited manuscripts, which are subject to peer review under the discretion of the editors. Current and past issues, author guidelines, and submission instructions are available here.

In Memory of Warren Pearse

Warren H. Pearse, MD, the founding Editor-in-Chief of Women’s Health Issues and Associate Editor Emeritus, passed away on November 16, 2015. All of us at the journal and at the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health at the George Washington University are deeply saddened to lose our friend and colleague. Dr. Pearse was Executive Director of ACOG when he helped establish the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health and the journal in 1990.  Dr. Pearse opened the first issue of Women’s Health Issues in the fall of 1990 with an “Apologia,” providing a justification for a new journal on women’s health focusing on the “interface between medical science and social science.”  Interdisciplinary in spirit and a historian by nature, Dr. Pearse was a devoted nurturer of the journal for 12 years and an engaged member of the editorial board thereafter.  He valued scholarship, the power of evidence, and lively editorial board meetings that included good conversation and excellent food.  He never shied away from controversial or difficult topics.  Most of all, he was an amazing colleague who inspired us to carry on his vision for the journal.

- The Editors and Editorial Board of Women’s Health Issues