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Report Card on Women’s Health

October 18, 2007

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.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 19, 2007 10:11 am

    thanks, rachel…now i can say to friends, “new york is ranked 27th in health care for women; are you surprised?” we do tend to think things are better here than elsewhere.

  2. October 19, 2007 10:21 am

    Naomi, unfortunately, I was not at all surprised to find my state and my southern neighbors filling up the bottom of the list.

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