Insight & Analysis / National Women's Health Week – Where do Coloradan Women Stand?
It’s National Women’s Health Week – an event that begins on Mother’s Day each year and focuses on the state of women’s health and the steps women can take to maintain wellness.
To gauge the health of Coloradan women compared to both Colorado men as well as women nationally, we pulled together data from the 2013 Colorado Health Access Survey (CHAS) and the 2012 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).
Overall, men and women in Colorado report similar levels of health. The 2013 CHAS shows that about 87 percent of both men and women report excellent, very good or good health, the top choices. However, according to the BRFSS, women in Colorado are more likely than men to report depression – about one fifth of women compared to 13.4 percent of men.
While women and men report similar levels of health, the data show that women in Colorado use health care more often. According to the CHAS, a higher percentage of women (84.2 percent) than men (72.3 percent) report visiting a health care facility. Women are also more likely to report that at least one of these visits was for preventive care (67.3 percent) compared to men (56.6 percent).
Compared to women across the nation, Coloradan women are more likely to participate in physical activity – 81.7 percent compared to 76 percent. They are also less likely than women nationally to be overweight or obese – 47 percent compared to 57.1 percent.
The CHAS show that health insurance coverage rates are similar among men and women: 16.6 percent of men and 12.0 percent of women reported being uninsured in 2013. While high cost was reported as the reason for being uninsured by about 80 percent of both men and women, there were some striking differences in other responses.
Women were more likely (23.6 percent) to report losing eligibility for Medicaid or the Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) than men (12.2 percent). Men were about twice as likely (30.8 percent) as women (16.7 percent) to report not needing health insurance as a reason for being uninsured. Both the number and rate of uninsured Coloradans choosing this answer has increased since 2009 for both women and men.