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