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Status of Women in North Carolina: Health and Wellness report launches next week

The Council for Women and Youth Involvement is releasing its 2019 Status of Women in North Carolina: Health and Wellness report next week.

The report, the second of four to be released by the council in partnership with the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, will be officially launched at events in Asheville on June 25th and in Wilmington on June 26th.

A preview of the report  throws light on some troubling health data and makes policy recommendations for improving conditions.

According to the report, among U.S. women, NC has:

  • The 9th highest stroke mortality rate
  • The 11th highest infant mortality rate
  • The 13th highest diabetes mortality rate

The state is also in the top ten for sexually transmitted infection diagnoses, including:

  • The 7th highest AIDS diagnoses rate
  • The 8th highest Chlamydia case rate
  • The 9th highest Gonorrhea case rate

The preview also contains racial breakdowns of mortality rates for heart disease, stroke and breast cancer. Black woman in the state having the highest rates of each.

The first launch event will be held at the Mountain Area Health Education Center, 121 Hendersonville Road in Asheville on Tuesday, June 25 at 10 a.m.

The second will be held at UNC-Wilmington’s McNeill Hall Lecture Hall, 601 South College Road on Wednesday, June 26th at 10 a.m.

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