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New What Works: Improving Women’s Health Fact Sheet

A woman running on an outdoor trackWomen experience a greater burden from some health conditions. Heart disease, cancer, and depression affect women differently and can have severe health outcomes. What Works: Improving Women’s Health fact sheet [PDF - 1.59 MB] features information on how heart disease, cancer and depression affect women and includes the Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) findings that can be used to improve women’s health.

This fact sheet was developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health (OWH). OWH coordinates women’s health efforts, works with federal agencies and external partners to address important women’s health topics, and supports policies that improve access to health care services.

Why Is This Important?

Information provided in this fact sheet is designed to help public health planners, community advocates, educators, and policymakers find evidence-based intervention strategies that can be used to develop successful interventions to address women’s health. The topics featured in this fact sheet were chosen because of their particular burden on women.

  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, killing 292,188 women in 2009—that’s 1 in every 4 female deaths. (Xu et al., 2013)
  • Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among women. (USCS 2013)
  • Depression is the most common women’s mental health problem and more women than men are diagnosed with depression each year. (AHRQ 2010)

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What are the Task Force and The Community Guide?

The Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) is an independent, nonfederal, unpaid panel of public health and prevention experts that provides evidence-based findings about community preventive programs, services, and policies to improve health. Its members represent a broad range of research, practice, and policy expertise in community preventive services, public health, health promotion, and disease prevention.

Task Force findings are based on systematic reviews of scientific studies. Under Task Force direction, scientists and subject matter experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conduct the reviews in collaboration with a wide range of government, academic, policy, and practice-based partners.

The Community Guide is an essential resource for people who want to know what works in public health. It provides evidence-based findings about public health interventions and policies to improve health and promote safety. The reviews and the Task Force findings and recommendations are compiled in The Community Guide.

What are the Task Force and The Community Guide?

Xu, JQ, Murphy, SL., Kochanek, KD, Bastian, BA. Deaths: Final data for 2013 External Web Site Icon. National Vital Statistics Report. 2016:64(2).

U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group. United States Cancer Statistics: 1999-2013 Incidence and Mortality Web-based Report. Atlanta (GA): Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Cancer Institute; 2016. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/uscs External Web Site Icon.

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. What health issues or conditions affect women differently than men? 2012. Available from https://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/womenshealth/ External Web Site Icon