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Well-Woman Visit in Mississippi

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Percentage of women ages 18-44 with a preventive medical visit in the past year

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Percentage of women ages 18-44 with a preventive medical visit in the past year

Trend: Well-Woman Visit in Mississippi, United States, 2023 Health Of Women And Children Report

Percentage of women ages 18-44 with a preventive medical visit in the past year

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US Value: 70.5%

Top State(s): Rhode Island: 79.5%

Bottom State(s): New Mexico: 61.5%

Definition: Percentage of women ages 18-44 with a preventive medical visit in the past year

Data Source and Years: CDC, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2020-2021

Suggested Citation: America's Health Rankings analysis of CDC, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, United Health Foundation,, accessed 2023.

Annual health exams provide an opportunity for women to access preventive services such as vaccines and screening tests, which can help identify cancers and other conditions earlier on when they are easier to treat. Well-woman visits are also a good place to discuss strategies to minimize health risks and achieve a healthy lifestyle. Annual well-woman visits are recommended even if not all aspects of the visit are performed each year. 

Based on age and risk, annual assessments should include:

  • Screenings for disease.
  • Health and family history review.
  • Discussion of reproductive health.
  • Counseling and health education.

Screening for health risks such as smoking and alcohol abuse through preventive services like patient counseling and education has proven to be a cost-effective way of improving health.

According to America’s Health Rankings® data, the prevalence of well-woman visits in the past year is higher among: 

  • Women ages 35-44 compared with women ages 24-34.
  • Black women compared with women of all other races.
  • Women who are college graduates compared with women with less than a high school education. 
  • Women with an annual household income of $75,000 or more compared with women with an income less than $75,000.
  • Insured women compared with uninsured women.

With its passage in 2010, the Affordable Care Act made it mandatory for insurance policies to cover certain preventive health care services at no cost, including at least one well-woman visit per year.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists offers recommendations for screening, evaluating, counseling and immunizations for women of different age groups.

The Women’s Preventive Services Initiative provides guidelines on evidence-based services and recommendations for women’s preventive visits.

“ACOG Committee Opinion No. 755: Well-Woman Visit.” 2018. Obstetrics & Gynecology 132 (4): e181–86.

Maciosek, Michael V., Ashley B. Coffield, Thomas J. Flottemesch, Nichol M. Edwards, and Leif I. Solberg. 2010. “Greater Use Of Preventive Services In U.S. Health Care Could Save Lives At Little Or No Cost.” Health Affairs 29 (9): 1656–60.

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