I am thrilled to join the Alliance for Women’s Health & Prevention (AWHP) as its first CEO. In just a few months, the organization has established itself as a thoughtful voice advocating for equitable, accessible and affordable preventive care for all women. I bring a passion for advancing health care and the energy to advocate for policies that will make a meaningful difference for women. As I step into this new role, I am eager to connect with leaders like you, find opportunities for us to collaborate and lift up our collective work.
I have been engaged with the organization since it launched last fall, serving as its Board Chair. AWHP’s mission to advance policy that drive equitable access and prevent the burden and progression of disease to improve the lives and health of all women and girls aligns with my own life’s work and focus starting with my time on Capitol Hill, to my experiences with the National Rural Health Association, the National Black Nurses Association and mostly recently with Movement is Life. Across each opportunity, I have worked to positively impact health outcomes with a focus on women and underserved communities.
When we work to improve the health of all women, we positively impact the trajectory of entire communities. As CEO of AWHP, I am looking forward to collaborating with my fellow Board members and the Advisory Council to advance policy priorities that address barriers to women’s preventive health. A recent Ipsos poll commissioned by AWHP found that almost 50% of American women forgo preventive care services, emphasizing the importance of our advocacy efforts. I believe AWHP, alongside our allies, can help drive actionable change and improve women’s access to affordable and equitable care, including early detection and diagnosis.
Working together, we can advocate for policies that increase access to screenings and preventive care, provide educational resources and conduct research to identify new ways to improve women’s health outcomes. This is just the beginning of the conversation. I am excited to collaborate with you and to learn from your expertise and insights. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly at Mgorham@womenshealthandprevention.org.
Millicent Gorham, PhD (Hon), MBA, FAAN
Founded in 2022, AWHP is focused exclusively on women’s preventive health across all life stages and irrespective of any one disease area. We work in partnership with a diverse ensemble of leading women’s health-focused organizations to advocate for equitable, accessible, and affordable preventive care.
Advance policy that drives equitable access and prevents the burden and progression of disease to improve the lives and health of all women and girls.
AWHP works collaboratively to advance policy that drives equitable access and prevents the burden and progression of disease to improve the lives and health of all women and girls. As an organization, we engage on key prevention-focused policy issues across four core areas reflecting our commitment to women’s unique needs. These policy priorities are guided by AWHP’s Board of Directors and Advisory Council — a diverse cross section of individuals from the healthcare, health equity, women’s health, health of historically minoritized communities, and policy sectors.