October 13, 2014
New Report Card Highlights Connecticut’s Successes and the Need to Address Racial & Ethnic Disparities
Connecticut is ranked #2 in the country in the 2014 Women’s Health Report Card released today by the Universal Health Care Foundation of CT and the CT Citizen Action Group, but the report also points to major race-based differences in women’s health that persist in the state.
The 2014 Women’s Health Report Card for Connecticut is available here:
“Connecticut’s high overall ranking in women’s health is positive news, but we cannot become complacent. We must continue to be a leader in eradicating health disparities for women," said Frances Padilla, President of the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut. "It is critical that we remain vigilant and push for policies that will reduce racial and ethnic disparities. If we do not keep striving to be better, we will fail women of color who are who, by virtue of public policy and economic and social circumstances, continue to lack access to affordable, quality health care and ways to prevent illness, especially chronic illness, and they will pay the price.”
“We believe our numbers will and can improve due to Connecticut’s successful implementation of the Affordable Care Act under the leadership of Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman. We need to ensure that we remain at the top in women’s health in the coming years for all women. The racial disparities outlined in the report indicate that we still have much more to do to ensure that health care is a human right for everyone ,” said Tom Swan, of the Connecticut Citizen Action Group.
Connecticut ranked 5th in the country in health coverage for women, 4th in women’s access to health care and 3rd in women’s health outcomes, for an overall ranking of 2nd in the country, garnering an A grading.
Examining measures of health coverage and health outcomes for different racial groups, the report card found women of color in Connecticut are uninsured at higher rates and also face worse health outcomes than women overall.
For example, Latina women in Connecticut are twice as likely to be uninsured than women overall, and the infant mortality rate is twice as high for children born to black women than children born to women overall.
“It’s time for state leaders to side with women and communities of color, make women’s health a priority, and take leadership in advancing a proactive health equity agenda,” said LeeAnn Hall, executive director of the Alliance for a Just Society, which produced the report card. “Connecticut families, communities, and the state’s economy depend on women – women must be able to depend on Connecticut to deliver on the promise of quality, affordable health care.”
The 2014 Women’s Health Report Card uses the latest available data from government sources to rank Connecticut among the 50 states on 30 measures (and more than 50 individual data points) relating to women’s health issues. It generates state rankings and grades, analyzes race-based disparities, and includes specific recommendations for state action to improve women’s health.
The Connecticut Citizen’s Action Group is a statewide membership organization dedicated to actively engaging the residents of Connecticut in building a more just society. www.ccag.net
The Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut’s mission is to serve as a catalyst that engages residents and communities in shaping a health system that provides universal access to quality health care and promotes health in Connecticut. We believe that health care is a fundamental right and that our work is part of a broader movement for social and economic justice. www.universalhealthct.org
The Alliance for a Just Society is a national policy, research and organizing network focused on racial and economic justice. The Alliance has produced pivotal reports on state and national health issues including Medicaid/CHIP, prescription drugs, and insurance industry practices for 20 years. www.allianceforajustsociety.org