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Impact of Federal Funding on Women’s Health Care in Tampa Bay Area Hospitals


Apr 3, 2024

In March, the Biden Administration signed an executive order to provide more funding for women’s health research, totaling $12 billion in federal funding. ABC Action News is investigating how this money will benefit local doctors and women in the Tampa Bay area. Several doctors interviewed expressed that women’s health has been under-researched and underfunded for decades, so this funding is a positive step towards reshaping healthcare for women and potentially saving lives.

Dr. Megan Tyrone, Chief Medical Officer at St. Joseph’s Women’s and Children’s Hospital, stated that this funding will have a significant impact on women’s health across the board. Dr. Daniela Crousillat, Director of the Women’s Heart Program at the University of South Florida and Tampa General Hospital, highlighted that women are often underrepresented in clinical trials and research, resulting in a lack of treatment and solutions for many women. She emphasized that heart disease is the leading cause of death for women but is just one of the many diseases that impact women differently.

Both doctors expressed that this increased funding will enable researchers to study how various diseases affect women uniquely, leading to improved prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. They acknowledged that research is a long-term endeavor, so it may take several years before seeing tangible results from this investment in women’s health. Despite the work ahead, they remain optimistic about the potential impact this funding will have on improving healthcare for women in the Tampa Bay area and beyond.

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