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Report Released: "Health Indicators for Women in Los Angeles County"

May-June 2017

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Cover of Women's Health Report

The Department of Public Health recently released a new publication from the Office of Women’s Health and the Office of Health Assessment and Epidemiology: Health Indicators for Women in Los Angeles County - Highlighting Disparities by Ethnicity and Poverty Level.


The report describes:

  • Incidence, prevalence, and mortality of health conditions
  • Self-reported health status
  • Access to health care indicators
  • Health behaviors
  • Comparisons of social and economic health determinants

In most instances, data are described by race/ethnicity and poverty level and, where appropriate, compared to Healthy People 2020 objectives. 


Key findings include:

  • The percent of uninsured women decreased from 26% in 2011 to 10% in 2015.
  • Women living in poverty are more than four times more likely (37%) to report fair or poor health than women living at the highest income level (9%).
  • Life expectancy is 10 years shorter for black women (79 years) compared to Asian women (89 years).
  • 67% of Latinas and 65% of black women are overweight or obese compared to 44% of white and 32% of Asian women.
  • Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death for women, followed by stroke and Alzheimer’s disease.  
  • The leading causes of premature death (defined as deaths that occurred before age 75) are coronary heart disease, followed by breast cancer and lung cancer.


How this report might be relevant to your practice

  • Plan for health services delivery
  • Support grant requests
  • Highlight research questions
  • Advocate for upstream health policies




Sample page of Women's Health Report


A sample page from the report is shown. 

View the full report here.