New Report Maps Women's Health in the United States Shows Patterns by State for Key Indicators
the lowest overall death rate for women, Colorado the lowest rate of
obesity, and Minnesota ranks best in terms of health insurance
coverage. These findings and more are in a new report, The
Women’s Health and Mortality Chartbook, a collection of current
state data on critical issues of relevance to women’s health.
the HHS Office on Women’s Health and the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC), the report ranks each state, the District
of Columbia and Puerto Rico in 27 indicators, including major causes of
death, health risk factors, preventive care, and health insurance
maps each indicator so that state and regional patterns can be
discerned. It also ranks the 27 health measures for each state to help
policymakers, program officials, researchers and others identify key
issues of importance in each state. The state tables show data by race
and ethnicity to focus on disparities and differences in each
profile in the chartbook begins with a summary statement highlighting
some of the most important issues for that state and pointing to
rankings which are among the best or worst. While no one state scored
the best in all indicators, a number of patterns emerged. Eight of the
10 states with the highest stroke death rates were in the South.
Colorado, Hawaii and Utah had among the lowest death rates for heart
diseases and cancers. The states with a high proportion of women with
recent mammograms and recent cholesterol screenings clustered in the
differences also reflect the racial and ethnic makeup of the
state’s population. Texas, California, Arizona, Colorado--all
with large Hispanic populations--had relatively lower rates of
insurance coverage, reflecting the pattern for Hispanics in general.
indicators chosen for the report are those that are measured regularly
at the state level, cover a wide range of health concerns, represent a
wide spectrum of disease types and cover the full lifespan of women,
from young adults to older women.
Among the indicators in the report are:
rates for heart disease, cancer, breast cancer, colorectal cancer, lung
cancer, stroke, chronic lower respiratory diseases, diabetes, influenza
and pneumonia, unintentional injuries and suicide;
risk factors, including diagnosed high blood pressure, obesity, no
leisure-time physical activity, binge drinking, smoking currently, no
smoking during pregnancy, and eating five or more fruits and vegetables
care utilization such as cholesterol screening, mammogram, pap smear,
blood stool test, routine check-up in past two years, and early and
adequate prenatal care.
- Health insurance coverage for those aged 18-64.
reflects current public health priorities. Each state profile includes
the Healthy People 2010 target for the indicator and shows whether the
target has been met. Healthy People 2010 is a comprehensive, nationwide
health promotion and disease prevention agenda for improving the health
of all people in the United States during the first decade of the 21st
in the chartbook is drawn from Healthy Women: State Trends in Health
and Mortality, the electronic data warehouse on minority and women's
health at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/healthywomen.htm.
This site has
extensive data on the chartbook indicators and many other health topics
and was developed by CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics,
with support from the HHS Office on Women’s Health.
Data for the
chartbook come from the National Vital Statistics System, which
collects data from deathcertificates filed in state vital statistics
offices and the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, an on-going
state-based telephone surveillance system.
To view or download a copy of the report, go to the CDC website at: www.cdc.gov/nchs.