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The 6th edition of America’s Health Rankings® Health of Women and Children Report shines a light on the health challenges faced by the nation’s women and children. The report builds on United Health Foundation’s commitment to support better health and encourages others to join in building healthier communities.
Visit the Health of Women and Children Report Action Toolkit to access additional resources that can help you share the data with relevant stakeholders and enact change.
This year, the Health of Women and Children Report finds that:
  • Rates of mental and behavioral health challenges have increased broadly among women and children across the nation in recent years, though rates vary widely based on geography, race/ethnicity and socioeconomic factors.
  • The overall mortality rate among women ages 20-44 increased dramatically during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, exacerbating existing disparities.
  • The pandemic underscored the need to address long-standing disparities in maternal mortality and morbidity, which continue to disproportionately burden Black and American Indian/Alaska Native women.
  • In the first years of the COVID-19 pandemic, several socioeconomic and environmental conditions that shape health worsened. Women experienced record-high unemployment and markers of health related to children’s neighborhoods and home environments declined.
  • The healthiest states are Minnesota, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Jersey and Utah. Louisiana had the most opportunity to improve, followed by Arkansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Alabama.

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