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
"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
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.