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1st Lady Announcing $100M in Funding   02/21 06:04

   Jill Biden on Wednesday was announcing $100 million in federal funding for 
research and development into women's health as part of a new White House 
initiative that she is heading up.

   WASHINGTON (AP) -- Jill Biden on Wednesday was announcing $100 million in 
federal funding for research and development into women's health as part of a 
new White House initiative that she is heading up.

   The funding is the first major deliverable of the White House Initiative on 
Women's Health Research, which was announced late last year. The money comes 
from the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health, or ARPA-H, which is 
under the federal Department of Health and Human Services.

   The first lady was set to announce the ARPA-H Sprint for Women's Health 
during an appearance Wednesday in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

   Biden has said women don't know enough about their health because the 
research historically has been underfunded and lacking. The White House 
initiative aims to change the approach to and increase funding for women's 
health research.

   "We will close the gaps, we will accelerate new ideas, and change women's 
lives," the first lady will say, according to excerpts of her prepared remarks 
that were shared with The Associated Press.

   "We will build a health care system that puts women and their lived 
experiences at its center, one where no woman or girl has to hear that 'it's 
all in your head,' or, 'it's just stress;' where women aren't just an 
after-thought, but a first-thought; and where women don't just survive, they 
lead long, healthy, and happy lives," she says.

   President Joe Biden created the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health 
in 2022 to work on advancing solutions to health issues. The agency is part of 
what he called his " unity agenda."

   In the coming weeks, the agency will solicit ideas for groundbreaking 
research and development to address women's health, according to the White 
House.

   The first lady said last year when the White House initiative was announced 
that it grew out of meeting she had had with Maria Shriver, a women's health 
advocate and former California first lady. Shriver, Biden said, spoke of the 
need for a public-private effort to close the gaps in women's health research.

   The White House Initiative on Women's Health Research is led by Jill Biden 
and the White House Gender Policy Council.

 
 
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