Source: National Woman’s Law Center (NWLC) and Oregon Health & Science University Center for Women’s Health (OHSU)
From press release:
While some states made some small gains in critical indicators for improving women’s health, the nation as a whole and most states are falling behind in their quest to meet national goals for women’s health, a comprehensive analysis of state policies and women’s health status finds.
Released today, Making the Grade on Women’s Health: A National and State-by-State Report Card is the fourth in a series of triennial reports to grade and rank each state based on 27 health status benchmarks developed largely using goals set by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthy People 2010 initiative. The report is a project of the National Women’s Law Center and Oregon Health & Science University. With major support from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation as well as a number of other funders, this report reflects the importance of improving women’s health and the substantial commitment required to do so.
Making the Grade gives the nation an overall grade of “unsatisfactory” for meeting only three of 27 benchmarks – the percent of women 40 and over who receive regular mammograms, the percent of women who annually see a dentist, and the percent of women 50 and over who receive screenings for colorectal cancer.
No state receives an overall “satisfactory” grade for women’s health status, although three states receive a “satisfactory minus.” This is down from eight states that received a “satisfactory minus” in 2004. Vermont receives a “satisfactory minus” and ranks No. 1, followed by Minnesota and Massachusetts. Twelve states receive failing grades, up from six states that failed in 2004. Mississippi ranks last. The other 11 failing states are Louisiana, Arkansas, Indiana, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, the District of Columbia, South Carolina, Texas and Alabama. The remaining states receive “unsatisfactory” marks.