Analysis of women’s health status enables health professionals and policymakers to determine the impact of past and current health interventions and the need for new programs. Studying trends in health status can help to identify new issues as they emerge.
In this section, health status indicators related to morbidity, mortality, health behaviors, and maternal health are presented. New topics include health-related quality of life, second-hand tobacco smoke exposure, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, preconception health, unintended pregnancy, postpartum depressive symptoms, and maternity leave. In addition, special pages are devoted to summarizing the health of lesbian and bisexual women, as well as the indigenous populations of American Indian/Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander women. The data throughout this section are displayed by various characteristics including sex, age, race and ethnicity, education, and income.