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by Nancy Humphrey | Posted on Tuesday, May. 10, 2011 — 3:15 PM
The state of women’s health in Tennessee has not significantly changed in the past decade, according to the 2011 Tennessee Women’s Health Report Card, released today. The take home message: there’s much more work to be done.
The report card provides a comprehensive picture of the status of the state’s more than 3 million women. The report card gives grades A-F, looking at a five- year span of data about reproductive health, sexually transmitted infections, leading causes of death, modifiable risk behaviors, preventive health practices and barriers to health.
A collaborative effort of the Vanderbilt Institute for Medicine and Public Health, Meharry Medical College, East Tennessee State University, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and the Tennessee Department of Health, the report card highlights areas that need attention, especially in supporting lifestyle changes to prevent long-term health consequences.
“These grades provoke hard questions – what are we willing to do about this?” said Katherine Hartmann, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology and deputy director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Medicine and Public Health. “We’re in a new decade now. Will it be different from the last? We need to commit to the changes that will improve the health of Tennessee’s women.”
Some of the continuing areas of concern:
Participants at today’s press conference at the Nashville Public Library included: Jeff Balser, vice chancellor for health affairs at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and dean of the School of Medicine, Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner Susan Cooper, Charles Mouton, dean of Meharry Medical College and Stephaine Walker, assistant professor of pediatrics at VUMC. The audience included state and local officials and health experts.
Hartmann said there have been many community-initiated groups resulting from the last women’s health report card, resulting in positive lifestyle changes for the state’s women. One large Nashville church started a fitness program for its congregation.
Walker said that change is possible through strategic community collaborations.
“Regardless of the size of the organizations, when we bring our resources together and make them available to the people who need them most, we can reverse the cycle of unhealthy lifestyle practices.”
Nancy Humphrey, (615) 322-4747
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