Meeting Healthy People 2020 targets: NC women are exceeding Healthy People 2020 targets for colorectal cancer screenings and are close to matching targets for mammograms.
- The Healthy People 2020 colorectal screening target is 70.5%.1
- 76% of North Carolina women aged 50+ are receiving colorectal screenings.2
- The Healthy People 2020 mammogram target is 81.1%.1
- 79% of North Carolina women aged 50+ are receiving mammograms every two years to screen for breast cancer.2
Improvements in insurance status: there is an overall improvement in insurance status, though the percentage of those with employer-sponsored insurance or Medicare/Medicaid has decreased.
- 87% of women 18-64 years of age reported having health insurance of any kind compared to 83% in 2014.3
- 73% of women 18-64 years of age reported having private health insurance. Of that number:
- 79% had insurance from an employer or union.
- 20% purchased insurance directly.
- 6% had insurance through TRICARE.
- 17% of women 18-64 years of age reported having public health insurance. Of that number:
- 78% had insurance through Medicaid.
- 30% had insurance through Medicare.
- 7% had insurance through U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Racial disparities: disparities were noticeable in data reflecting health care access and screenings.
- On the whole, Caucasian women are more likely to be diagnosed with a range of illnesses, such as chronic disease, cardiovascular disease, and depression. They are also more likely to report cancer, and less likely to die from cancer. This suggests a racial health disparity in doctor willingness to diagnose or a lack of doctor access.
- Although data is often unavailable, Hispanic and Asian women appear to have very low health screening rates.
Chronic disease: over a quarter of the state’s women are living with one or more chronic diseases, which has a negative impact on the overall physical, mental, and financial well-being of women.2
- Women with no chronic diseases: 44%.
- Women with 1 chronic disease: 28%.
- Women with 2 or more chronic diseases: 29%.
- The data show that in ages 65-74, almost half (49%) of North Carolina women are living with two or more chronic diseases.
Rates of obesity remain high: More women in North Carolina are now classified as either overweight or obese than are within their recommended weight range.2
- African American women have the highest rate of obesity at 50%.
- Obesity plays an important role in the risk factors for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and stroke. These increased risks place a greater burden on the health care system and economy.
- American Community Survey Data (1-year samples from IPUMS-USA)
- Healthy People 2020
- 2016 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)