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The Center for Women’s Health Research at UNC hopes to empower decision makers, researchers, caretakers, and the women of North Carolina by providing access to the data, key findings, and more found within the 2020 North Carolina Women’s Health Report Card. Please feel free to utilize the information below. If you would like additional materials or to request copies of illustrations found within the Report Card contact .

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About the 2020 North Carolina Women’s Health Report Card

The Center for Women’s Health Research (CWHR) released our ninth-edition of the North Carolina Women’s Health Report Card July 20, 2020. This document is a progress report on the health and health care needs of North Carolina’s 5+ million women. Research efforts that require the most attention are identified through the collection and analysis of data for the report card. Current areas of research targeted by the Center include prevention, cancers affecting women, chronic disease (including cardiovascular health, diabetes, and obesity), women’s mental health, and substance abuse. It is the only health report of its kind in North Carolina.

Previous editions have been released biennially and tracked the state’s female health statistics in two year increments. The 2020 edition presents data primarily from 2018. Previous editions of the report card are available for comparison.

About the Center for Women’s Health Research at UNC

For the past 16 years, the Center for Women’s Health Research (CWHR) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has produced and distributed the North Carolina Women’s Health Report Card biennially. An in-depth review of the health status of our state’s women, the data found within these pages is intended to spotlight where we are succeeding and where we still have work to do in women’s health. CWHR uses this information to help guide our Core areas of research and it is our hope that this information will be utilized by the Legislature, media, fellow researchers, community organizations, and general public to guide their own decision-making processes.

CWHR’s mission is to improve the health of women through research by focusing on diseases, disorders, and conditions that affect women only, women predominately, and/or women differently than men. CWHR engages in multiple avenues to carry out this mission, including:

  • Facilitating the creation of multidisciplinary research endeavors
  • Supporting individual investigators in designing studies, writing, and submitting proposals
  • Administering awarded grants
  • Conducting research with Center faculty members
  • Mentoring junior investigators

About Dr. Wendy Brewster, CWHR Director

Wendy R. Brewster MD, PhD is a professor specializing in gynecologic oncology. She has served as the Director of the CWHR in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, in the School of Medicine at UNC since 2008. Dr. Brewster has successfully aligned CWHR’s strategy with that of the NIH’s Office of Research on Women’s Health while increasing the Center’s award revenue by approximately $4.9 million. Details pertaining to her clinical achievements and goals may be found here.

About Carolina Demography

CWHR utilized the services of Carolina Demography to collect the data found within this report card. Carolina Demography is a service of the Carolina Population Center at UNC Chapel Hill that focuses on population change. They provide a full array of demographic services for North Carolina businesses, foundations, government agencies, schools, not-for-profit organizations, and more. Get more information by visiting their website,