Are Women With Chronic Conditions Able to Access Care During COVID-19 Pandemic?
We surveyed women with chronic conditions to find out about their ability to access necessary in-clinic treatment.
Jul 01, 2020Chronic Care Issues
Founder and President of Institute for Women’s Health Strategies
CEO, Alliance of Sleep Apnea Partners
Monica Mallampalli, Ph.D. is a trained biomedical scientist and brings a unique perspective to women’s health — from science and research to policy and advocacy. Dr. Mallampalli considers herself a women’s health advocate. Using the lens of sex and gender differences, she has brought attention to knowledge gaps in science and policy in several areas of women’s health, including chronic pain, sleep health, cardiovascular health, musculoskeletal health, autoimmune disease, mental health, breast cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, urological health and clinical trials. Dr. Mallampalli has authored many research papers and opinion articles, and has been interviewed by the media on multiple occasions.
Previously, Dr. Mallampalli served as the senior scientific advisor at HealthyWomen, where she brought national attention to women and chronic pain, and she now serves as the chair of HealthyWomen’s chronic pain advisory council, which she established in 2020. Prior to HealthyWomen, Dr. Mallampalli served as the vice president of scientific affairs at the Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR). Dr. Mallampalli has also worked at the National Institutes of Health as a Health policy analyst and as a research fellow. She obtained her post-doctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s Department of Cell biology.
She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Utah in Human Genetics and received a Master of Sciences with a concentration in biochemistry from Osmania University in India. Dr. Mallampalli is the founder and CEO of the Institute for Women’s Health Strategies focused on applying data-driven strategies and solutions to advance and improve the science of women’s health. Currently, she serves as the executive Director at the Alliance of Sleep Apnea Partners (ASAP).Full Bio
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The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how women access health care, as many in-person visits have been delayed or replaced with telehealth. Moving health care appointments online has been one necessary example of slowing the spread of COVID-19, but it has presented challenges for women living with chronic conditions.
HealthyWomen wanted to better understand the experiences of women living with chronic conditions such as chronic pain, autoimmune disorders, cardiovascular disease, and more. Between May 18 and June 12, we surveyed over 300 women, and asked them about their ability to access prescription medicines and in-clinic treatments.
Our findings can be found in the infographic below. Download and print the infographic here.
As the pandemic continues to rage and health care continues to change its model of delivery, it's critical for decision-makers to understand the implications for vulnerable patient populations.