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Welcome to the Raising Wisconsin Women’s Voices Blog! Our goal is to build awareness and support for health care reform among women throughout Wisconsin. In order to achieve this, we will share updates, insights, and best practices as the country and Wisconsin moves forward in implementing the Affordable Care Act.As noted in the recent Commonwealth Fund report,  “Realizing Health Reform’s Potential: Women and the Affordable Care Act of 2010,” women, on average, have far more contact with the health care system over their lifetimes than men. The health care needs of women are greater, especially during their reproductive years, and historically women have played a central role in coordinating health care for family members, from spouses and children to aging parents. We need Wisconsin women’s voices heard in the discussion about implementing meaningful health care reform and in developing a state exchange that helps advance women’s health.The Raising Wisconsin Women’s Voices Blog is a project of the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health, a Regional Coordinator for Raising Women’s Voices.

Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health (WAWH) WAWH is an independent, statewide network of organizations and individuals dedicated to advancing comprehensive women’s health in Wisconsin by engaging, educating, empowering and mobilizing individuals and organizations. WAWH envisions an environment in which all Wisconsin women at every stage of their life can realize their optimal health and well-being. http://www.supportwomenshealth.org

Raising Women’s Voices works to engage women from diverse constituencies in identifying their health needs and those of their families and articulating a vision of heath care that meets these needs. This campaign hopes to create partnerships between women’s health advocates and consumer health advocacy organizations to strengthen the understanding of each other’s perspectives on health care.www.raisingwomensvoices.net

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