A diverse group of mothers and daughters.

Building Unifying Systems of Care Addressing Comorbidities in Women and Girls

December 16 - 17, 2021


NHLBI, in coordination with several other NIH institutes, will host a virtual workshop titled, “Building Unifying Systems of Care Addressing Comorbidities in Women and Girls,” on December 16–17. The workshop will look at ways to help communities adopt and implement prevention and treatment interventions for women and girls with mental health, substance use, and cardiopulmonary diseases, and who live in medically underserved communities. The workshop will focus on how to open up opportunities for more gender-relevant, evidence-based interventions that affect this population.

Experts, including researchers, clinicians, and community and federal partners, will come together to:

  • Explore care models that integrate clinical and population health into well-coordinated, data-driven systems of care, and
  • Examine how to improve health outcomes for women and girls, using an integrated set of evidence-based practices that can be implemented across the entire continuum of community health care services. 

Addressing social determinants of health and building infrastructure to ensure sustainability of innovations will be important cross-cutting themes. View the agenda.

Trans-NIH Organizing Committee

  • Laurie Donze, Ph.D., NHLBI
  • Keisher Highsmith, Dr.PH., National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
  • Tamara Lewis Johnson, M.P.H., MBA, National Institute of Mental Health
  • Marrah Lachowicz-Scroggins, Ph.D., NHLBI
  • Holly Moore , Ph.D., NIDA
  • Deidra Roach, M.D., National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
  • Members of the trans-NIH Work Group on Addressing Common Comorbidities in Women and Girls


If you require special accommodations to participate in this event or have logistical questions, contact Harlee Mooney. For program related questions, contact Marrah Lachowicz-Scroggins.


Learn more about this workshop, view the agenda, and register by Dec. 10, 2021: