As of 2011, there are over 158 million females in the United States, representing more than half of the US population. The growing diversity of the U.S. population is reflected in the racial and ethnic distribution of women across age groups and underscores the importance of examining and addressing racial and ethnic disparities in the social determinants of health, health status, and the use of health care services.
Many conditions and health risks that women face, including diabetes, high blood pressure, overweight and obesity, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections can be closely linked to education, income, and specific geographical areas. Women veterans are another population group that may face unique health problems due to possible exposure to combat-related stress and trauma.
Despite these barriers, HRSA is committed to improving the health, safety and well-being of all women across their lifespan, and continues to focus on expanding access to primary and preventive care through its programs and the Affordable Care Act. With continued empowerment and access to care, women can make informed decisions about their own health care and the health of their families.
Source: Women’s Health USA 2013