Health Status

Analysis 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 this section, health status indicators are presented related to morbidity, mortality, health behaviors, and reproductive health. Issues pertinent to selected populations of women, including older, rural, American Indian/Alaska Native women and women in the correctional system 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 such 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.

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Women's Health USA 2006 is not copyrighted. Readers are free to duplicate and use all or part of the information contained on this page. Suggested Citation: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Women's Health USA 2006. Rockville, Maryland: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2006.