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Women’s Health USA 2011

Women’s Health USA is an easy-to-use collection of current and historical data on some of the most pressing health challenges facing women, their families, and their communities.

Data in Women's Health USA

  • Reflects the everchanging, increasingly diverse population and its characteristics
  • Highlights emerging issues and trends in women’s health
  • Profiles women’s health from a variety of data sources
  • Serves as a concise reference for policymakers and program managers

The site is an online version of the data book, Women’s Health USA 2011, published by The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration in October 2011.


Review of Combat Stress in Women Veterans Receiving VA Health Care and Disability Benefits

As directed by the Conference Report to Accompany the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-117), we conducted a review to assess the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) capacity to address combat stress in women veterans. We assessed women veterans use of VA health care for traumatic brain injury (TBI), post­ traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other mental health conditions, and whether the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) properly adjudicated women veterans’ disability claims for these conditions.

Self-Inflicted Deaths Among Women With U.S. Military Service: A Hidden Epidemic?

Prospective analyses of National Health Interview Survey and National Death Index data found an adjusted risk of suicide among male veterans twice that of nonveteran males (1). That study also examined data for 11 female veterans and 246 female nonveterans who completed suicide and found that women with past military service were more likely to complete suicide (adjusted hazard ratio=3.62, 95% confidence interval [CI]=1.95–6.73)


Can Economic Empowerment Reduce Vulnerability of Girls and Young Women to HIV?

In April 2010, the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), with support from the Nike Foundation, convened an expert meeting of researchers, program implementers, policymakers and donors to explore emerging insights into the linkages between economic empowerment and HIV outcomes for girls and young women.

Is Illinois the New Face of Education Reform?

By Allison Flamberg

The Center for American Progress recently released a report on the education reforms Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law last month. Senate Bill 7 (SB 7) seeks to overhaul the state’s policies on teacher hiring, tenure, reductions and dismissals in an effort to make statewide educational improvements. This bill may be the first step in bringing true reformation to the Illinois education system. The collaboration between senate legislators, union organizers and negotiating lawyers, SB 7 is an example of how state governments and unions can truly work together for the common good.

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