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Women's Health

The purpose of the Women's Health Program is to improve the health status of Ohio women. The main objectives are to:

  • identify issues that affect women's health; develop and implement programs to address the identified issues;

  • serve as a source of information regarding women's health;

  • and act as an advocate for women's health concerns within state government and throughout the state.


Chronic diseases disproportionately affect women:

  • Chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and stroke, cause more death, illness and disability in the United States than any other cause. Each year, more than 1.7 million Americans die from a chronic disease, accounting for seven out of every 10 deaths.

  • The rise in chronic diseases not only has serious consequences for the nation’s health and health care systems, but it also significantly contributes to health care costs. Eighty-six percent of U.S. health care spending is on people who have chronic diseases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • Thirty-eight percent of women suffer from one or more chronic diseases, compared to thirty percent of men.


Women’s role in health promotion:

  • Despite the health and financial costs related to chronic diseases, they are also among the most preventable of health problems. Just as women face unique health challenges, we must recognize that promoting women’s health and preventing disease can improve health outcomes and quality of care, and reduce costs.

  • Policies that promote women’s health also achieve results that extend beyond healthy women.


Page Updated: 11/30/2017