Report Card on Women’s Health
The National Women’s Law Center and Oregon Health & Science University have released a National Women’s Health Report Card, scoring states on access to health care services, wellness and prevention, key health conditions, and healthy communities. There are numerous indicators within these broad categories, such as how many women are getting pap smears, prenatal care, health insurance status, the availability of an in-county abortion provider, rates of breast cancer deaths, maternal mortality, and other concerns.
Vermont, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire took the top 5 spots, with only the first three ranked as “satisfactory.” Most of the Southern states appeared in the lowest spots, with Tennessee at 45, followed by Kentucky, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi closing out the bottom of the list.
For more details and to find out how your state ranked, visit the report card website.