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Jessica Goddard

HealthyWomen’s Director of Marketing and Communications

During her 15-year career, Jessica Goddard has touched every aspect of communications — from content strategy to corporate communications — with expertise in health, wellness, social impact and organizational and self-transformation.


Jessica began her career at Chamberlain Healthcare Public Relations where she counseled pharma and nonprofit organizations in a broad array of PR activities around regulatory milestones, data announcements, large-scale disease awareness and celebrity campaigns, issues management, patient stories and partnerships. She later joined WebMD where she managed continuing medical education online programs – for Medscape in the U.S. and WebMD Global in Europe – across a variety of therapeutic areas.


Jessica also has experience leading transformational workshops for both organizations and individuals. As a consultant for a leadership and management firm, she worked with senior leaders to produce dramatic shifts in performance. She was responsible for quickly migrating those programs from in-person to online. She also led workshops to empower individuals to turn their limitations into catalysts and transform their passion into purpose. She was responsible for the publicity and delivery of workshops, as well as creating and editing content, managing social media channels, and producing digital offerings, such as webinars and podcasts.

Jessica holds a master’s in public communications and a bachelor’s in journalism with a minor in psychology from Fordham University in New York City. She lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, with her husband, two kids and lab mix.

In her free time, Jessica can be found writing, listening to podcasts or doing Zumba.

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The new women's health research initiative will be led by Carolyn M. Mazure, PhD (third from left)
Photo by Erin Scott, Official White House Photographer

The White House Launched Its First-Ever Initiative on Women’s Health Research

It’s 2023 and women’s health outcomes are simply still not where they should be. This initiative gives us hope for a future where women’s health research is invested in and prioritized.

Women's Health Policy

This Thanksgiving, HealthyWomen is grateful to President Biden, First Lady Jill Biden and the White House Gender Policy Council for launching the first-ever Initiative on Women’s Health Research.

At HealthyWomen, we know women’s health is more than gynecological or reproductive health. It is the head-to-toe health of all women — who represent more than half of the nation’s population.

For far too long, women’s health research has been underfunded and women have been underrepresented in clinical trials. We have made progress since the days when little men were used as stand-ins for women in clinical trials, but a lot of work still needs to be done to make up for decades of lost research.

This lack of investment limits our understanding of how conditions, and the treatments in development to manage or cure them, specifically affect women. Women’s health outcomes are simply still not where they should be in 2023.

Through the Initiative on Women’s Health Research, the White House is taking a big step in improving health outcomes for women and sending a strong message that women’s health research needs to be prioritized at the federal level.

Thank you President Biden, Dr. Biden and the White House Gender Policy Council. This initiative gives HealthyWomen, and all women across the nation, hope that the future of women’s health will see an increase in innovation and a decrease in research gaps.

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