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Who founded the Jacobs Institute of Womens Health (JIWH)?

    The JIWH was founded in 1990 by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and named for its benefactor, J. Bay Jacobs, MD, FACOG, (1898-1989). The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) established the JIWH to promote the study and reporting of womens health issues at the interface of medicine and the social sciences.

Who was J. Bay Jacobs?

    J. Bay Jacobs was a medical doctor who specialized in obstetrics-gynecology in the Washington, DC area for 30 years. He had a private practice and served as chief of a busy home delivery service, which provided free prenatal care and delivery to needy women in Southwest Washington, DC. Before he died in 1988, Dr. Jacobs made a substantial donation to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

What is the mission of the JIWH?

The JIWH is an organization committed to excellence in womens health care. It will:

  • Identify and study womens health care issues involving the interaction of medical and social systems
  • Facilitate informed dialogue and foster awareness among consumers and providers alike
  • Promote problem resolution, interdisciplinary coordination and information dissemination at the regional, national and international levels

Does the JIWH have members?

    The JIWH has approximately 1500 members throughout the world. Our members come from six of the seven continents. Members are located in Australia, Africa, Japan, Argentina, Israel, Europe and the United States as well. Membership is open to all interested persons and includes a subscription to our journal, Womens Health Issues, and our newsletter, In Touch.

What products and services does the JIWH offer?

The JIWH provides various publications that offer up-to-date information on womens health.

  • Womens Health Issues is a bi-monthly, peer-reviewed journal for health professionals, social scientists, policy makers, and others concerned with the complex and diverse facets of health care delivery to women. It includes articles, position papers and reports from conferences and workshops.
  • In Touch is our quarterly newsletter, which reports on the current activities of the JIWH. It includes notices of upcoming events and publications from various organizations concerning womens health, as well as staff news and new members of the Institute.
  • State Profiles on Womens Health, edited by Jacqueline A. Horton, ScD., outlines the status of womens health in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
  • The Womens Health Data Book, edited by Jacqueline A. Horton, ScD., contains statistics on a wide variety of womens health topics.

For more information on any of our publications, go to our Publications page.

Does the JIWH offer any funding for research?

The Jacobs Institute offers a research grant and a manuscript prize:

  • The Jacobs Institute Ortho McNeil Pharmaceutical Scholar in Womens Health Care supports individual efforts to find new ways to improve health care services for women. The grant is an annual award of $30,000 given to a selected applicant to conduct a research study resulting in a publication-quality manuscript on a topic that relates to womens health.
  • The C.E. Gibbs Leadership Prize is a $1,000 award offered annually for an original manuscript on a particular topic submitted for publication in Womens Heath Issues. The topic changes annually and is announced in the JIWH newsletter and on our web site.

What have been some of the JIWHs past projects?

  • The most complete study ever of the impact of managed care on womens health, including eight background briefing papers (the Insights series), more than 24 commissioned papers, and a series of symposiums.
  • Quarterly breakfast seminars on topics ranging from the implications of genetic testing to eating disorders and lesbian health issues.
  • Various invitational meetings and conferences.

Does the JIWH have an annual meeting?

No. Instead, the JIWH has an annual Excellence in Womens Health Awards Luncheon in the spring. The luncheon honors individuals who have made noteworthy contributions to the field of womens health.

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