According to "Making the Grade on Women’s Health,"
a state-by-state report released this week by the National Women’s Law
Center
in conjunction with Oregon Health & Science University, most states have made little progress over the past three years in improving women’s health and are far behind meeting key health objectives set by the U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services.

From Reuters:

The
groups looked at 27 measures of women’s health, ranging from the rates
of routine screening tests for breast and colon cancer to obesity and
access to health care. The benchmarks were based on the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services’ Healthy People 2010 initiative.

"Overall
the nation’s grade was ‘unsatisfactory.’ Only three of the 27
benchmarks were met," Dr. Michelle Berlin of the Oregon Health &
Science University told a briefing.

The three exceptions were in
the percentage of women 40 and older getting mammograms, regular dental
care and colorectal cancer screening for women over 50.

The best state for women’s health, according to the report, is Vermont. The worst state is Mississippi. Click here to view data from your state.

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