Report Shows Women's Health Patterns

Published Online: Monday, November 1, 2004

The Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released The Women's Health and Mortality Chartbook, a collection of current state data on critical issues of relevance to women's health. The report ranks each state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico on 27 indicators, such as major causes of death, health risk factors, preventive care, and health insurance coverage.

The indicators selected for the report are those that are analyzed regularly at the state level, cover a wide range of health concerns, represent a wide range of disease types, and cover the full life span of women. The data revealed the following:

  • 8 of the 10 states with the highest stroke death rates are in the South
  • Colorado, Hawaii, and Utah have among the lowest death rates for heart disease and cancers
  • The Northeast states have the highest proportion of women with recent mammograms and recent cholesterol screenings
  • Hawaii has the lowest overall death rate for women
  • Colorado has the lowest rate of obesity
  • Minnesota ranks the best in terms of health insurance coverage

The Women's Health and Mortality Chartbook reflects current public health priorities. To view or download the report, visit www.cdc.gov/nchs.



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