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|For Immediate Release:
March 03, 2010
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Public Health Communications
|Ethnicity, economy and environment play strong roles in
health inequities among women in LA County
New report on women's health highlights unique health care needs and challenges
|LOS ANGELES - There are large disparities in health, health risks, and preventable disease among different groups of women in Los Angeles County, according to a new report titled Health Indicators for Women in Los Angeles County: Highlighting Disparities by Ethnicity and Poverty Level. Overall, African American women have the poorest health, but other racial and ethnic groups each bear disproportionate burdens for some risk factors and/or diseases. The report, compiled by the Department of Public Health's Office of Women's Health and Office of Health Assessment and Epidemiology, contains the latest data on access to health care, health behavior, social and physical environment, and incidence and mortality rates. It also shows that women have unique health care needs reflective of their complex and challenging socioeconomic status and biological makeup.
"Women often make the health care decisions for their families and are the primary caregivers when a family member falls ill. Therefore, the health of women affects not only the individual, but her family and her community," said Jonathan E. Fielding, MD, MPH, Director of Public Health and Health Officer. "Reports such as this present relevant data on health inequities among women that will drive policies, programs and initiatives to address the most pressing needs. By creating awareness of the impact of health inequities on women, their families and their communities, strategies can be devised to begin closing those gaps."
Based on recommendations from the 2007 Los Angeles County Women's Health Policy Summit, the Health Indicators for Women in Los Angeles County: Highlighting Disparities by Ethnicity and Poverty Level report also focuses on issues unique to women 65 years and older, women with a disability, women with different sexual orientations, and the effect of insurance status on women's health.
"This report is meant to inform key stakeholders, legislators, decision-makers, and funders on the priority areas of women's health, and assist in the building of multi-cultural women's health policies, programs and services," said Ellen Eidem, MS, Director, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Office of Women's Health. "Working together, we can address the inequities in women's health and ultimately improve the health of all women."
Among the report's findings:
About the report:
The full 2010 report is available online at http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/owh/. The 2007 Health Indicators for Women: Highlighting Disparities by Ethnicity and Insurance Status report is available at http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/wwwfiles/ph/programs/owh/F inalDataReport.pdf.
Data sources for the report include the LA County Health Survey, other Public Health Department programs, California Health Interview Survey, the LA County Cancer Surveillance Program, and the California Quality of Life Survey II (Cal-QOL2).
A panel discussion was held on Wednesday, March 3, 2010, highlighting the good and bad news regarding womens health in Los Angeles County, as well as strategies, initiatives and programs that focus on reducing disparities across ethnic and geographic lines. Participants included:
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