Women's Health

This category includes information on women’s health status, utilization of services, health insurance coverage, family planning and childbirth, and abortion statistics and policies. Also view State Profiles for Women’s Health, an interactive map and dashboard of the latest national and state-specific data on women’s health, including insurance and Medicaid coverage, poverty, mental health, HIV, cancer, pregnancy, abortions, and use of preventive services. Many indicators provide health care information for women of different racial and ethnic groups.

Please note, the majority of health coverage data posted to this site is now based on analysis of the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS). In the past, these data had used the Current Population Survey (CPS). We have replaced all previously-posted data, including data for prior years, with data based on ACS. ACS includes a 1% sample of the US population and allows for precise state-level estimates as well as longer trend analyses.

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Also In Global Health News: Ban Addresses Women’s Health; Afghanistan’s Health Services; PMI Africa Grants; Q&As

U.N. Secretary General Calls For Renewed Commitment To Women Worldwide U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on Monday called for countries around the world to “renew their commitment to educate girls, end sexual violence, and provide access to modern birth control,” the Associated Press/Washington Post reports. Though Ban acknowledged some gains made…

News Outlets Examine Efforts To Improve Sanitation Worldwide

The Washington Post examines how the “No Toilet, No Bride” campaign in India is helping to increase access to home toilets in rural India. According to the newspaper, “About 665 million people in India — about half the population — lack access to latrines.” Yet, since the campaign launched two years ago, “1.4 million toilets have been built here in the northern state of Haryana, some with government funds, according to the state’s health department” – a movement that women’s rights activists hail as “a revolution.”

U.N. Security Council Adopts Resolution Condemning Sexual Violence

“The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Wednesday condemning sexual violence in war zones, with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton presiding and appealing for global action to end the scourge,” the Associated Press reports.

Opinion: ‘Microland’ To Fight Poverty; Ensuring Quality, Timely Drugs For Africa

‘Microland’ Can Help Fight Poverty, Especially Among Women In a Forbes column, Elisabeth Eaves, deputy editor at Forbes, examines the concept of “‘microland:’ securing rights to small plots of land for the world’s poorest.” The plots not only “provid[e] shelter and a place to work, land confers the ability to…

Also In Global Health News: News Outlets Explore AIDS Vaccine Research; Chloroquine Resistance Unraveled; Authorities Contest Maternal Mortality Report

News Outlets Focus On Participants In AIDS Vaccine Study, Potential Impact Of AIDS Vaccine The Associated Press examines the role of the Thai participants in the recent clinical trial of an experimental HIV vaccine which showed modest potential for preventing infection. “Nearly 16,000 Thais ignored the false rumors that they…

Recent Releases In Global Health

Journal Of Infectious Diseases Explores Why Safe Water Alone Does Not Stop Diarrhea Among Infants Born To HIV-Positive Mothers A study appearing in the Journal of Infectious Diseases explores how well access to safe drinking water reduces rates of diarrhea experienced by 6-month-old infants born to HIV-infected mothers following weaning.…

G20 Draft Communique Addresses Agricultural Investment In Developing Countries, ‘Influential Women’ Raise Awareness For Maternal Mortality

A draft G20 communique revealed Friday that the group of countries “has called on the World Bank to work with donor agencies to create a multilateral trust fund to increase agricultural investment in poor countries,” Reuters reports. In July, the G8 launched a $20 billion agriculture initiative to help developing countries.