Mary Hayashi is an award-winning author and is among this country’s most accomplished advocates for expanding the delivery and coverage of health care.  As a national healthcare leader, public affairs consultant, and former California State Assemblymember, Mary has championed meaningful reforms to expand access to healthcare, deliver over $2 billion for public schools, and established unprecedented partnerships in support of social causes that previously had no financial or public backing.  > More

USA Today Recognizes Women Sports Safety Initiative

According to a new study by the Women Sports Safety Initiative (WSSI), women and girls suffer higher rates of concussions, take longer to recover from those concussions, and are often more severely impacted due to hormonal differences. In short, concussions are much worse on women than they are on men.

…“We know women suffer higher incidence than men, now we need to find out why.”– Mary Hayashi, WSSI project director  |  Read The Study

LifezetteLifezette Discusses Concussions and WSSI

The Women’s Sports Safety Initiative (WSSI), a special project of Silicon Valley Community Foundation in California, is piggybacking off the BCBS study with a report of its own. It’s part of an effort to raise awareness about the facts.

“Concussion diagnoses increased 43 percent from 2010 through 2015 in the U.S.”
–  according to a new report by Blue Cross Blue Shield  |  Read more from the Lifezette

WAND TV 17 logoDecatur’s WAND 17 News Center Brings Attention to WSSI ‘s Findings

A Majority of Americans Unaware Concussions Affect Women More than Men

More than 3.8 million people experience concussion each year in the U.S. as a result of sports or physical activity according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; but according to the report by the Women’s Sports Safety Initiative (WSSI) finds nearly two thirds of Americans are not aware concussions affect men and women differently. The study finds 80% did not know hormonal differences in men and women play a role in determining concussion rates.   Watch the Concussion News on WAND 17 News

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