Last Updated: 9/10/2013 10:06:27 AM
All About Women
P. O. Box 198155
Nashville, TN 37219-
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Ms. Joyce McDaniel
Ms. Melissa Puri
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Tennessee is 38th Among All States in Maternal Mortality; 38 Percent of Women
Live in a Medically Underserved Area, according to Amnesty International. About 11.7 women died for every 100,000 deliveries in Tennessee from 1999 to 2004, the Amnesty report said. Graves believes if Tennessee tracked its maternal deaths, the state would probably learn that fatalities are much higher. The same health problems — obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure — that earn Tennessee poor grades in numerous health rankings, to include infant mortality rates, also contribute to the deaths of Tennessee women during childbirth. Additionally, some hospitals in rural areas may not be equipped to handle high-risk pregnancies. Hemorrhaging, or excessive bleeding, for example, is a common pregnancy complication that can lead to death. Please learn more about this issue affecting the Tennessee community.
The dramatic achievements of public health in the 20th century have improved our quality of life in a myriad of ways, including an increase in life expectancy, worldwide reduction of infant and child mortality rates, and the elimination or reduction of many communicable diseases. In Middle Tennessee, improvements in preventive medicine and advanced medical technology have resulted in increased life expectancy and improved health for many residents. However, significant health disparities exist in our region, resulting in poor health status often related to economic status, race, and/or gender.
"Women in Tennessee are in the middle of a health crisis. What are YOU going to do?"
Dr. Stephaine Walker's call to action followed the launch of the 2011 TN Women's Health Report Card, which showed some clear areas of progress since the 2009 snapshot of women's health in our state, but also a number of areas in which there is still significant work to be done. While we are getting more mammograms and have significantly decreased our rates of colorectal cancer, 18.4% of us – or almost 1 in 5 – smoked while we were pregnant, and 1 in 3 of us are obese. African American women experience striking disparities in rates of breast cancer, STD contraction, and infant mortality rate.
The full 2011 report can be accessed through the link below. Read carefully, and decide what YOU are going to do to improve the health of women in Tennessee.
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