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Disparities In Maternal And Infant Health: Are We Making Progress? Lessons From California

This issue brief prepared by researchers at the University of California at San Francisco and the Kaiser Family Foundation, analyzes changes in racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in maternal and infant health in California in 1994/1995 and 1999/2001. The issue brief also reviews the policy implications of these differences and offers…

Women’s Health Policy: Comparison of the Candidates’ Proposals

Women’s Health Policy: Comparison of Candidate’s Proposals Download a printable.pdf of this document Bush-Cheney1 Kerry-Edwards2 Reproductive Health Abortion Opposes all abortions except in cases of rape, incest, or to protect the woman’s life and opposes use of federal funds to support or promote abortion Supports so-called “partial birth abortion” ban,…

National Survey of Women About Their Sexual Health

A public education partnership with the Kaiser Family Foundation and SELF magazine, the : Take Charge of Your Sexual Health, shows that the stigma associated with STDs silences women, making it more difficult for them to get the information they need. Survey Summary/ Toplines

National Survey of Women’s Health Care Providers on Reproductive Health: Emergency Contraception

National Survey of Women’s Health Care Providers on Reproductive Health: Emergency ContraceptionThe Kaiser Family Foundation’s 2001 National Survey of Women’s Health Care Providers on Reproductive Health is a national random-sample survey of 790 physicians, including 595 obstetrician and gynecologists and 195 family practice physicians, internists, and general practitioners.Toplines/Survey: National Survey…

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Women’s Health Coverage and Access to Care

Using data from the 2001 Kaiser Women’s Health Survey, a nationally representative survey of nearly 4,000 women between the ages of 18 to 64, this issue brief explores racial and ethnic disparities in health care among women. It provides new information on the differences in health status, health insurance coverage,…

Women and HIV/AIDS in the United States: Setting an Agenda for the Future

Women represent almost one in three new HIV infections in the U.S. and the share of women among reported AIDS cases has more than tripled since 1986 from 7% to 26% of reported cases in 2001. Women of color, particularly African American women, have been hard hit, accounting for the…

Coverage of Gynecological Care and Contraception

Gynecological services are vital for women throughout their lifetimes. Pap smears, breast exams, counseling, and contraceptive care are important preventive services, but women often do not get these at levels recommended by experts. This fact sheet summarizes coverage of gynecological care and contraceptives. It focuses on women’s use of services,…

Medicaid and Managed Care: Implications for Low-income Women

This commentary reviews Medicaid’s role for low-income women and examines the implications Medicaid managed care on the delivery of health services to this vulnerable population. Today 40% of the Medicaid population, mostly poor women and their children, is enrolled in managed care. Medicaid agencies are hoping managed care will control…

SexSmarts Survey – “Safer Sex”, Condoms and “the Pill”

As part of an on-going public information partnership called SexSmarts, seventeen and the Kaiser Family Foundation conduct nationally-representative surveys of teens 15 to 17 on issues related to their sexual health. This survey examines teens’ knowledge and attitudes about “safer sex” and contraception (November 2000). Summary of Findings (.pdf) Toplines/Survey (.pdf)

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