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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Challenging Assumptions Of Sexual Violence In Conflict Important Step In Creating Awareness, Preventative Measures

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: To Prevent Sexual Violence In Conflict, We Have To Understand It First Recognizing the International Day to Eliminate Sexual Violence in Conflict, held on June 19, Catherine Russell, ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues at the State Department, outlines various assumptions related to sexual violence in…

CSIS Report Examines U.S. Support For Women’s, Family Health In Senegal

Center for Strategic & International Studies: Accelerating the Momentum In this report, Janet Fleischman, senior associate, and Cathryn Streifel, program manager and research associate, both with the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, examine “the U.S. strategy for women’s and family health in Senegal at the community, facility, and national levels,…

Liberia Should Pass Legislation To Ban FGM, Protect More Women, Girls

The Guardian: Liberia needs to muster the courage to ban FGM Mary Wandia, FGM program manager at Equality Now “…Unlike neighboring countries such as Guinea and Sierra Leone, Liberia has already managed to significantly reduce FGM prevalence … However, unless tough legislation is enacted and properly implemented, it may be…

Amid Zika, Political Debates Address Abortion, Women’s Health

NPR: Should The U.S. Reconsider Its Stand On Foreign Aid For Abortion Clinics? “…[Zika] has been directly linked to a birth defect that results in an abnormally small head and brain damage. In Latin America, where many countries have strict bans on abortion, some citizens and government officials are asking…

Kenya’s Progressive Menstrual Policies Provide Example For U.S.

NPR: What Kenya Can Teach The U.S. About Menstrual Pads “…In 40 states, plus the District of Columbia, pads and tampons are subject to sales tax. … But there’s a movement to fight these taxes, and several states have eliminated them. … Meanwhile, one country is way ahead of the…

Investments In Women’s, Girls’ Health Necessary To Achieve SDGs

Huffington Post: Women, Girls, and Global Goals: Why Ensuring Women’s and Girls’ Health and Rights Is Crucial to Achieving the SDGs Ariel Pablos-Mendez, assistant administrator for global health and child and maternal survival coordinator at USAID, and Elizabeth Fox, USAID deputy maternal and child survival coordinator and director of the…