SWHR Announces Larry Hausner as Interim CEO; Names Heather Boyd Director of Public Policy

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The Society for Women's Health Research Welcomes Mr. Hausner, Interim CEO, and Ms. Boyd, Director of Public Policy, Onto Staff

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The SWHR Board and our staff can seize new opportunities to underscore the need to expand the science behind why disease and risks to health affect women differently than men.

The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) announced today that non-profit health advocacy organization veteran Larry Hausner is now serving as the Society’s interim CEO. Heather Boyd, MPP, also has joined the SWHR staff as the organization’s Director of Public Policy.

“Larry’s executive leadership experience at national scale organizations such as the American Diabetes Association, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and National Multiple Sclerosis Society manifestly equips him to guide SWHR through our directional and leadership transition process,” said SWHR Board Chair John Seng. “We also welcome Heather Boyd, who will bring her outstanding legislative and regulatory advocacy experience to work in realizing her passion for furthering women’s health research,” Seng said.

“I’ve come to appreciate SWHR’s legacy in women’s health research and effectiveness in putting the need for increased study of sex differences on the national agenda,” said Mr. Hausner. “The SWHR Board and our staff can seize new opportunities to underscore the need to expand the science behind why disease and risks to health affect women differently than men,” he said.

Helping to build SWHR’s policy presence is new Director of Public Policy Heather Boyd, MPP. Ms. Boyd comes to SWHR from the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, where she analyzed state legislation related to biosimilars, opioid abuse, and other managed care pharmacy issues. She brings almost a decade of policy analysis experience on a variety of healthcare issues including long-term care, pharmacy policy, and Medicare payment policy.

“Ten years ago, I moved to DC to work specifically on women’s health issues,” said Ms. Boyd. “The opportunity to advocate on behalf of women’s health is a dream come true for me. I could not be more excited to lead the advocacy efforts for women’s health research on behalf of SWHR.”

SWHR leads the way in advocating for greater funding for women’s health research and for the study of biological differences that affect disease; promote the inclusion of women and minorities in medical research; push for the analysis of research data for sex and ethnic differences; and to inform women, health care providers, and policy makers about contemporary women’s health issues.

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ABOUT SWHR
The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR®), is a national non-profit based in Washington D.C. that is widely recognized as the thought-leader in promoting research on biological differences in disease and is dedicated to transforming women’s health through science, advocacy, and education. Founded in 1990 by a group of physicians, medical researchers and health advocates, SWHR aims to bring attention to the variety of diseases and conditions that disproportionately or predominately affect women.

For more information, visit http://www.SWHR.org. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SWHR.

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