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Women's Reports and Materials

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Women: Stay Healthy at 50+ - Checklists for Your Health (May 2008)  

Developed and published by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the checklists in this flyer can help you stay healthy at 50+. The checklists help answer your questions about what daily steps you can take for good health, whether you need medicines to prevent disease, and which screening tests you need and when to get them.  For more information on this resource or   to download a PDF version, please visit  

Susan G. Komen for the Cure has published the State of Breast Cancer report, a first-ever, reader-friendly snapshot of where the United States and the global community are in the quest to end breast cancer forever.  Written for readers who have an interest in breast cancer but no formal background in the biology of the disease, the State of Breast Cancer provides information on advancements in diagnosis, treatment and research that have made breast cancer a survivable disease for more than 2 million people in the United States. But the news is not all good. The report also explores cultural, social, educational and financial barriers or disparities that prevent many people from getting screened and receiving life-saving breast cancer care.


Poised for Prevention: Advancing Promising Approaches to Primary Prevention of Intimate Parnter ViolenceMay 2007)  

Written by the Prevention Institute, Poised for Prevention is a summary of the preliminary conclusions from a gathering of leaders in September 2006 to discuss the prevention of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). It integrates the convening outcomes, Prevention Institute and the RWJF perspectives on the issue, themes from interviews conducted prior to the event with convening participants and a number of additional IPV experts, and a limited scan of the literature. The report includes a discussion of primary prevention of IPV, promising approaches to environmental/norms change, an examination of IPV primary prevention within immigrant communities, recommended actions to building momentum for primary prevention of IPV, and immediate next steps. The conclusions presented in the report are preliminary. The report is designed as a catalyst and call to action, to give a sense of direction and raise some issues for consideration. 


Women and Health Coverage:  The Affordability Gap (April 2007) 

Published by the Commonwealth Fund, this issue brief finds that although men and women have some similar challenges with regard to health insurance, women face unique barriers to becoming insured.  More significantly, women have greater difficulty affording health care services even once they are insured. On average, women have lower incomes than men and therefore have greater difficulty paying premiums. Women also are less likely than men to have coverage through their own employer and more likely to obtain coverage through their spouses; are more likely than men to have higher out-of-pocket health care expenses; and use more health  are services than men and consequently are in greater need of comprehensive coverage. Proposals for improving health policy need to address these disparities.


Women’s Health Insurance Coverage Fact Sheet  (February 2007)

This fact sheet, created by that Kaiser Family Foundation, describes the major sources of health insurance coverage for women ages 18-64, including employer-sponsored insurance and Medicaid. It provides information on the more than 17 million women who are uninsured and summarizes the major policy challenges facing women in the health insurance sector.


A Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities (February 2007) 

This book, produced by the Hesperian Foundation, is written for the millions of women with disabilities around the world who suffer and die needlessly because they lack access to respectful and appropriate health care.  This book can help most women with disabilities better care for themselves, improve their general health, their capabilities and self-reliance, and their ability to participate more effectively in their communities.  To make the book as useful as possible, women with disabilities around the world shared their health needs, beliefs, and practices, and told us what they would most like included in the book.


Women’s Health Fact Sheets in Spanish and English    

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of Women’s Health provides over 40 fact sheets in Spanish and English on a wide range of FDA-regulated products.


Breast Cancer:  A Resource Guide for Minority Women

Published by the Office of Minority Health Resource Center in May of 2005, this document is intended to be a Resource Guide for those interested in breast cancer resources. The lists of organizations, documents, programs and other resources are relevant to persons with breast cancer, students, health care professionals and researchers.


Women’s Health USA 2006  

This data book, provided by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), selectively highlights emerging issues and trends in women’s health. Data and information on life expectancy, postpartum depression, food security and smoking during pregnancy are a few of the new topics included in this edition. Where possible, every effort has been made to highlight racial and ethnic as well as sex disparities.  


A Lifetime of Good Health:  Your Guide to Staying Healthy

This guide is provided by the National Women's Health Information Center.  The guide was created because of women's needs for quick and trustworthy information to help their constantly changing bodies and minds.


Women of Color Health Data Book (2006)

The 3rd edition of the Women of Color Health Data Book, released in 2006 by the National Cancer Institute, provides the most recent available information on different populations of women in the United States and represents a much desired update on the health of women of color.  

Women:  Stay Healthy at Any Age – Checklist for Your Next Checkup (English)

Cómo puede la mujer mantenerse saludable a cualquier edad - Lista de verificación para su próximo reconocimiento medico (Spanish)

Published in 2004 by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, this brochure make suggestions on what you can do to stay healthy and prevent disease such as screening tests, preventive medicine, and healthy behaviors.  The brochure is available in both Spanish and English.    

HPV (Human Papillomavirus) Vaccine: What you Need to Know

This interim vaccination information statement was published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on September 5, 2006.  

•  Resources for Women’s Health and Aging 

This document, published by the Alliance for Aging Research and National Institute on Aging on 2000, offers resources for women that may be useful as they age.  Issues such as age changes and health promotion, common disorders, taking charge, research, and resources are discussed.   

The Health of Maryland Women 2002

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Full Document   

The Health of Maryland Women 2002 was produced by The Center for Maternal and Child Health, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and Health Care Answers, Baltimore, Maryland. It presents current data on Maryland women from a variety of sources. The document is intended as a guide for policy decisions.


Making the Grade on Women’s Health:  A National and State-by-State Report Card 2004

Making the Grade on Women's Health is the third in a series assessing the overall health of women at the national and state levels. Published by the National Women’s Law Center and Oregon Health & Science University, it is designed to promote the health and well-being of women in the United States by providing a comprehensive assessment of women's health, including an important overview of key disparities in the health of women based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability status, and other facts.  


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