Women’s College Hospital Is Closing The Health Gap
Improving health equity has always been at the heart of Women’s College Hospital’s (WCH) mission. In fact, with the support of over 22,000 donors, a brand new state-of-the-art hospital has been built that will help WCH achieve that mission with greater impact than ever before.
Closing the gaps in healthcare for women is a key focus for WCH. Many women are overlooked and underserved because healthcare has traditionally not considered the impact of sex and gender differences. From physiological differences to cultural challenges to life circumstances, the unique needs of women are often not taken into consideration — putting their well-being, and the well-being of their families, at risk. This is what WCH has termed the health gap and it is this gap that WCH is determined to close.
WCH is home to North America’s first heart health research and treatment program designed exclusively for women. Heart disease is the number one killer of women, yet women are 36% less likely than men to enroll in cardiac rehabilitation programs following a heart attack. With a focus on accessing populations of women at high risk of developing heart disease, the program is reaching out into the most marginalized communities to conduct research and provide life-saving treatment.