systematic assessment of women’s health status enables health
professionals and policy makers to determine the impact of past
and current health interventions and the need for new programs.
Trends in health status help to identify new issues as they emerge.
In the following section, health status indicators are presented
related to mortality, morbidity, health behaviors, and reproductive
health. Issues pertinent to selected populations of women, including
older, immigrant, rural, and incarcerated women are also addressed.
The data are displayed by sex, age, and race and ethnicity, where
available. Many of the conditions discussed, such as cancer, heart
disease, hypertension, and stroke, have an important genetic component.
Although the full impact of genetic risk factors on many of these
conditions is still being studied, it is vital for women to be aware
of their family history so that their risk for developing such conditions
can be properly assessed.
Categories in this section:
- Health Behaviors
- Health Indicators
- Maternal Health
- Special Populations