WIG Launches the Pulmonary Hypertension Policy Resource Center

Washington, D.C. - February 20, 2014

Today, Women In Government launched the Pulmonary Hypertension Policy Resource Center (PRC). The PRC will serve as a resource for our almost 1,800 women state legislators and constituents, providing the tools and knowledge necessary to support sound policies that help with the advancement of Pulmonary Hypertension awareness, prevention, and treatment. The Policy Resource Center builds on Women In Government's previous work on a Pulmonary Hypertension Toolkit, which has been available since January.  

Those who have Pulmonary Hypertension suffer with abnormally high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs, caused when the small arteries in the lungs become narrowed and cannot carry as much blood. According to the CDC, each year, 10 to 15 million people are diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension, 200,000 are hospitalized, and more than 15,000 die of the disease.

"The cure for pulmonary hypertension is surgery, however with increased awareness, early detection, and proper treatment we can decrease hospitalization time, and increase survival rates," said Marjorie Maginn, WIG President & Executive Director. "Women In Government encourages state legislators to familiarize themselves with this disease so that they can protect their constituent's and ensure a healthier community."

Access the Pulmonary Hypertension Policy Resource Center to view these materials by visiting http://www.womeningovernment.org/PH/about.

Throughout the year, Women In Government will provide educational resources about Pulmonary Hypertension to women state legislators at regional conferences and healthcare summits. We will also provide legislators with technical assistance, information and materials to support their policy work, and direct support in conducting community outreach.