The WHAM Report shows that funding women’s health research has huge economic impacts. Investing $300 million generates $13 billion to our economy.

78% of Americans with autoimmune diseases are women – nearly 40 million women
Just 7% of the $86 million 2019 NIH rheumatoid arthritis budget went to women-focused research.
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Women are 50% more likely to die than men in the year following a heart attack
Just 4.5% of the $444 million 2019 NIH coronary artery disease budget went to women-focused research.
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66% of Alzheimer’s patients in the U.S. are women, yet only 30% of animals included in research are female
Just 12% of the $2.4 billion 2019 NIH Alzheimer’s budget went to women-focused research.
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It’s not just good science, it’s actually a better investment.

The WHAM Report

WHAM is investing in women’s health research to transform women’s lives. WHAM works across diseases that impact women differently and differentially – brain health, heart health, immune and autoimmune health and cancer. The WHAM Report shows the impact of accelerating sex and gender–based health research on women, their families, and the economy.

The impacts of our limited knowledge about women’s health relative to men’s because of insufficient research addressing women is far-reaching. WHAM commissioned the RAND Corporation to study these impacts for: Alzheimer’s disease (brain); rheumatoid arthritis (autoimmune), and cardiovascular disease (heart). The WHAM Report: The Case to Fund Women’s Health Research highlights findings across all three diseases in one brief report.

The results are in. Across the board, funding women’s health research creates huge economic benefits.

What is WHAM doing?

The WHAM Report is a powerful tool for change.

WHAM works with advocates, economists, scientists, business leaders, public health experts and policy makers to:

Increase funding for women's health research

Empower women researchers to study and share sex and gender research, and

Build a data-driven case for accelerating women’s health research

How can you help?

What People are Saying

Marsha Henderson, former Associate Commissioner for Women's Health, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Dr. Erica Ollmann Saphire, President and CEO, La Jolla Institute for Immunology
Congresswoman Haley Stevens
Dr. Maria Freire, Former President & Executive Director of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

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Our Partners and Collaborators

We are so thankful for the dedicated, invested partnership of the research team at the RAND Corporation who conducted the analysis and brought their findings to life. The research methodology and the microsimulation models have been vetted by a diverse panel of experts convened by RAND.

WHAM’s leadership of this research project was encouraged through the generous support and collaboration from the following partners and collaborators:


In the News

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FROM POLITICO ILLINOIS PLAYBOOK: MAY 20, 2022 By SHIA KAPOS FROM THE DELEGATION Sen. Tammy Duckworth and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky teamed up to introduce resolutions in the Senate and …

Psychiatric Times: Mind-Body Resilience for Women: A Focus on Depression

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What’s next?

WHAM is dedicated to funding women’s health research to transform women’s lives. This is the first analysis of its kind — beyond quantifying costs and benefits, the WHAM Report is an accountability index for change. In the future, we plan to include lung cancer, study different socioeconomic groups and examine global impacts, to name just a few. We encourage other leaders, including advocates, economists, scientists, business leaders, public health experts, and policymakers, to draw from and act on the results of this report.

Together, we can drive change.

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