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Presented below is the current monthly spotlight.  Additionally, in case you missed them, following the current spotlight are prior monthly spotlights, highlighting topics of interest and relevant data available on Quick Health Data Online.

Spotlight: April is STI Awareness Month

April is STI Awareness Month. Sexually transmitted infections (STIs, also referred to as sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs) remain a major public health challenge in the United States. In 2012, nearly 1.8 million cases of the three major STIs - chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis - were reported.1 Women disproportionately bear the long-term consequences of STIs. Each year, untreated STIs cause infertility in at least 24,000 women in the U.S.2 In addition, without STI screening and treatment during pregnancy there is an increased risk of poor outcome for both mother and baby.

To address this public health challenge, the US Preventive Services Task Force has offered STI screening recommendations for women for the past 14 years.3 Additionally, effective January 1, 2014 the newly enacted Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires insurance coverage of STI counseling and screenings, as well as contraception, at no cost.

Quick Health Data Online provides several types of data related to STI risk factors and morbidity. The site includes information on topics such as: 2004 - 2012 Chlamydia-Rates for Females, by State.  Click for more details.









Quick Health Data Online provides data for men and women as well as details about race and ethnicity to enable comparisons between different population groups. Data can be used to generate tables such as these, which present the adolescent HIV/AIDS education adobe logo.

1CDC Fact Sheet - reported cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis in the US in 2012; http://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/newsroom/docs/STD-Trends-508.pdf

2CDC's Division of STD Prevention (DSTDP) identifies 10 ways STDs impact women differently from men - http://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/newsroom/docs/STDs-Women-042011.pdf

3 http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf08/methods/stinfections.htm

Spotlight: March 10 is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness day, www.womenshealth.gov/NWGHAAD/ March 10, 2014 is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, an effort coordinated by the Office on Women's Health (OWH). Throughout the month, OWH works to raise awareness of the increasing impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls, and to empower them to take positive actions such as: getting tested, preventing new infections, seeking care and treatment if they are HIV-positive,1 and educating their peers.

Diagnoses of HIV Stage3 (AIDS) among females has risen over time. In 1985 females accounted for 7% of HIV Stage3 (AIDS) diagnoses among adults and adolescents. That proportion rose to 25% of diagnoses in 2011.2 Additionally, in 2011, the rate of newly diagnosed cases of HIV among adult and adolescent females was nearly 4 times higher for Hispanic females and 20 times higher for Black females as compared to White females.3

Females accounted for 10% of deaths due to HIV disease in 1987 and 27% of deaths due to HIV in 2010,4 and females accounted for one in four persons living with HIV at the end of 2010.5

Quick Health Data Online provides several types of data related to HIV/AIDS risk factors, morbidity and mortality. The site includes information on topics such as: 2012 Percent of female adults aged 18-64 who have ever had an HIV test.  Click for more details.







Quick Health Data Online provides data for men and women as well as details about race and ethnicity to enable comparisons between different population groups. Data can be used to generate tables such as these, which present the percent of females ages 18 to 64 who reported ever having had an HIV test adobe logo.

1National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, About National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, available online at the Office on Women's Health website: http://www.womenshealth.gov/NWGHAAD/.

2HIV Surveillance in Women Slide Set available online at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention HIV/AIDS Statistics and Surveillance website: http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/pdf/statistics_surveillance_Women.pdf - Slide 11.

3HIV Surveillance in Women Slide Set available online at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention HIV/AIDS Statistics and Surveillance website: http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/pdf/statistics_surveillance_Women.pdf - Slide 3.

4HIV Mortality (through 2010) Slide Set available online at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention HIV/AIDS Statistics and Surveillance website: http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/pdf/statistics_surveillance_HIV_mortality.pdf - Slide 8.

5HIV Among Women Fact Sheet available online at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention HIV/AIDS Statistics and Surveillance website: http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/risk/gender/women/facts/index.html.

Spotlight: February is American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month. The Office on Women's Health provides women with information on heart disease prevention, risk factors, and signs of a heart attack.

The Office on Women’s Health Heart Disease Fact Sheet offers the following actions to reduce heart disease:

  • Be active
  • Don't smoke
  • Eat healthy
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Know your numbers (blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglycerides)

Quick Health Data Online provides several types of data related to heart disease risk factors, morbidity and mortality. The site includes information on topics such as: 2002 and 2010 female coronary heart disease death rates.  Click for more details.





Quick Health Data Online provides data for men and women as well as details about race and ethnicity. This data can be used to assess differences in behaviors, risk factors, and mortality among various population groups over time. Data can be used to generate tables and maps such as these, which present age-adjusted coronary heart disease death rates for females and age-adjusted coronary heart disease death rates for males adobe logo. Additional Chart features in the system can present data in horizontal or vertical bar charts, with trend lines, or in pie charts.

Spotlight: January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

Cervical cancer is cancer that starts in the cervix. Cervical cancer is almost always caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) infection.1 It is usually a slow-growing disease that may not have symptoms, but can be identified with regular Pap tests and may be prevented with the HPV vaccine as well as Pap test. The National Cancer Institute estimates that 12,300 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2013 and over 4,000 will die of the disease.2

Quick Health Data Online offers extensive, county-level data related to cervical cancer, including information on prevention, incidence and mortality, including:
Percent of females ages 21-65 and over having a pap test within the past three years. Click for more details.







Data can be used to assess differences in behaviors, risk factors, disease incidence, and mortality among various population groups over time. The system can generate maps as well as charts and tables to present data such as these, which present age-adjusted cervical cancer incidence rates per 100,000 female population for females of all ages adobe logo and the age-adjusted percent of females ages 21-65 who report having a pap test within the past three yearsadobe logo.

1 http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/cervical

2 http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/cervical

Spotlight: December Spotlight on Mental Health and Depression

More than 25% of adults in the U.S. have a mental health disorder in any given year.1 Nearly 10% of adults are estimated to have a mood disorder, a category which includes major depressive disorders.2 In addition to mood disorders, mental health related disorders include anxiety disorders, PTSD, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism and eating disorders, among others.3

Quick Health Data Online offers different types of data related to mental health, including information on:
Age-Adjusted Percent of Females Age 18 and Older who Reported Their Mental Health Was Not Good on 8 or More of the Past 30 Days. Click for more details.






Quick Health Data Online provides data for men and women as well as details about race and ethnicity to enable comparisons between different population groups. Data can be used to generate tables such as these, which present age-adjusted suicide rates per 100,000 female population for females of all ages adobe logo and the age-adjusted percent of females age 18 and older who reported their mental health was not good on 8 or more of the past 30 days adobe logo.

1The Numbers Count: Mental Disorders in America, a National Institute of Mental Health publication, available online at the National Institute of Mental Health website: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/the-numbers-count-mental-disorders-in-america/index.shtml#Intro The text references the following as a source of information: Kessler RC, Chiu WT, Demler O, Walters EE. Prevalence, severity, and comorbidity of twelve-month DSM-IV disorders in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication (NCS-R). Archives of General Psychiatry, 2005 Jun;62(6):617-27.

2The Numbers Count: Mental Disorders in America, a National Institute of Mental Health publication, available online at the National Institute of Mental Health website: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/the-numbers-count-mental-disorders-in-america/index.shtml#Mood The text references the following as sources of information: Kessler RC, Chiu WT, Demler O, Walters EE. Prevalence, severity, and comorbidity of twelve-month DSM-IV disorders in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication (NCS-R). Archives of General Psychiatry, 2005 Jun;62(6):617-27. U.S. Census Bureau Population Estimates by Demographic Characteristics. Table 2: Annual Estimates of the Population by Selected Age Groups and Sex for the United States: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2004 (NC-EST2004-02) Source: Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau Release Date: June 9, 2005.

3The Numbers Count: Mental Disorders in America, a National Institute of Mental Health publication, available online at the National Institute of Mental Health website: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/the-numbers-count-mental-disorders-in-america/index.shtml. The text references the following as sources of information: The various categories of mental disorders are listed at the top of the page.

Spotlight: November and Diabetes Awareness

November 14 is World Diabetes Day.1 Diabetes affects an estimated 24 million people in the U.S. Up to 25% of those affected are unaware that they have the disease.2 Of the three main types of diabetes (type 1, type 2 and gestational), type 2 diabetes is the most common. About 90% of diabetes cases are type 2.3 Some risk factors for type 2 diabetes include being overweight or obese, having a family history of diabetes, and lack of physical activity.4

Quick Health Data Online offers many types of data related to diabetes, including information on:
2011 Age-Adjusted Percent of Females Age 18 and Older who Report Having Ever Been Diagnosed with Diabetes. Click for more details.


Quick Health Data Online provides data for females and males with race and ethnicity details to enable comparisons among different population groups. Data can be used to generate charts such as these, which present rates of age-adjusted percent of females age 18 and older who report having ever been diagnosed with diabetes adobe logo and the percent of females age 20 and older who were obese adobe logo.

1World Diabetes Day, available online at the International Diabetes Federation website: http://www.idf.org/worlddiabetesday

2Diabetes Fact Sheet, Section "Who gets diabetes?", available online at the Office of Women's Health website: http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/diabetes.cfm#d

3Diabetes Fact Sheet, Section "What are the different types of diabetes?", available online at the Office of Women's Health website: http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/diabetes.cfm#c

4Diabetes Fact Sheet, Section "Am I at risk for diabetes?", available online at the Office of Women's Health website: http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/diabetes.cfm#f

Spotlight: October focuses on Health Disparities

Quick Health Data Online (QHDO) provides extensive data that can be used to evaluate health disparities between and among different population groups. The site includes information by sex, race and ethnicity on topics such as arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, obesity, and hypertension. For example:

  • The Health Disparities Profiles provide state by state summaries and highlights of health disparities with regard to key health status indicators.
  • The Women's Health and Mortality Chartbook presents state by state comparisons of key issues related to women's health and disparities among different racial and ethnic populations.

Selected data can be extracted and highlighted, such as: 2011 Age-Adjusted Percent of Females Age 18 and Older who Report Having Ever Been Diagnosed with High Blood Pressure. Click for more details.









Data can be used to assess differences in behaviors, risk factors, disease incidence, and mortality among various population groups over time. The system can generate maps as well as charts and tables to present data such as shown above. Additionally, the system can present data in horizontal or vertical bar charts, with trend lines, or in pie charts.

Spotlight: September and Healthy Aging

The percentage of the population who are ages 65 and older is projected to increase in the coming years. 1 As a result, more and more Americans will be concerned with maintaining their health as they age. Health checkups and screenings are one part of healthy behaviors for aging seniors. 2

Quick Health Data Online offers many different types of data related to healthy aging, including information on:
2010 Age-Adjusted Percent of Adults Ages 50-75 Who Report Having Had a Recent Colorectal Cancer Screening. Click for more details.







Data on the system are provided for males and females with race and ethnicity details to enable comparisons between different population groups. Data can be used to generate charts such as these, which present percentages of adults ages 45-64 and 65 and older who reported having had one or more recent falls adobe logo, and the percentage of adults 50 to 75 years who report having had a recent colorectal cancer screening adobe logo.

1United States Census Bureau, Profile America Facts for Features, Older Americans Month: May 2013, available online at the United States Census Bureau website: http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/cb13-ff07.html

2Healthy Aging, available online at the Office on Women's Health website: http://www.womenshealth.gov/aging/index.html

Spotlight: August 1-7 is World Breastfeeding Week

Breastfeeding provides a number of benefits to both infants and mothers. Breast milk is easy to digest and contains antibodies that can protect infants from infections; additionally, breast milk contains nutrients to promote infants' healthy growth. Women who breastfeed are at a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes as well as breast and ovarian cancers.1

Quick Health Data Online offers many different types of data related to breastfeeding, maternal health and reproductive health including information on:

2007 percentage of children who were exclusively breastfed for three months by state.  Click for more details.



Data on the system are provided by sex and by race and ethnicity to enable comparisons between different population groups. Data can be used to generate charts such as these, which present the percentages of infants who were ever breastfed adobe logo, who were breastfed at 6 monthsadobe logo, who were breastfed at 12 monthsadobe logo, who were exclusively breastfed through 3 monthsadobe logo, and who were exclusively breastfed through 6 monthsadobe logo.

1Breastfeeding Fact Sheet, Why should I breastfeed?, available online at the Office on Women's Health website: http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/breastfeeding.html#a.

Spotlight: July Spotlight on Adolescent Physical Activity and Nutrition

The Office on Women's Health has information for adolescents about nutrition and physical activity available at the girlshealth.gov website.1

Quick Health Data Online offers many different types of data related to adolescent health, nutrition and physical activity, including information on:
2001 to 2011 percent of students in grades nine to twelve who are overweight.  Data are also available for 2001 to 2011 percent of students in grades nine to twelve who are obese.  
Click for more details.




Data on the system are provided for males and females by race and ethnicity to enable comparisons between different population groups. Data can be used to generate charts such as these, which present percentages of students in grades 9-12: who are overweight or obese adobe logo, who are physically active for at least 60 minutes a day for five or more days per week adobe logo, who report eating vegetables three or more times per day adobe logo and who report drinking three or more glasses of milk per day adobe logo.


Spotlight: June 10-16 is National Men's Health Week

Men's Health Week is celebrated each year during the week leading up to and including Father's Day. The goal of Men's Health Week is to heighten awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.1

Quick Health Data Online offers many different types of data related to the objectives of National Men's Health Week, including information on:
2011 Percent of Males Age 18+ Reporting Binge Drinking in the Past 30 Days*, Age-Adjusted, by State, Territory and US. Click for more details.


Data on the Quick Health Data Online are provided for men and women as well as by race and ethnicity to enable comparisons between different population groups. Data can be used to generate tables such as these, which present percent of males who are obeseadobe logo and the percent of men who report having been diagnosed with hypertensionadobe logo.

1Men's Health Week, available online at the Men's Health Network Men's Health Month website: http://www.menshealthmonth.org/week/index.html.

Spotlight: May 12-18 is National Women's Health Week

National Women's Health Week, www.womenshealth.gov/NWHW The 14th annual National Women's Health Week (NWHW) kicks off on Mother's Day, May 12, 2013, and is celebrated until May 18, 2013. NWHW is a time to promote women's health and empower women to make their health a priority. During the week, and throughout the month, NWHW focuses on the preventive measures women can take to improve their physical and mental health and to prevent disease. The website for NWHW can be found at: http://www.womenshealth.gov/nwhw/.

Quick Health Data Online offers many types of data related to the objectives of National Women's Health Week. Items related to this year's theme include: 2011 Percent of Females Age 18+ Reporting Having a Routine Checkup in the Past Two Years*, Age-Adjusted by State, Territory and US. Click for more details.



Data can be used to generate maps and tables at the state and county levels, such as this one which presents state-level data on routine check-ups for womenadobe logo.

Spotlight: April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

Designated as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, April provides an opportunity to focus attention on sexual violence and its prevention. Sexual violence can be defined as "any sexual act that is perpetrated against someone's will." 1 The following are different forms of sexual violence: "a completed nonconsensual sex act (i.e., rape), an attempted nonconsensual sex act, abusive sexual contact (i.e., unwanted touching), and non-contact sexual abuse (e.g., threatened sexual violence, exhibitionism, verbal sexual harassment)." 2 According to data from the 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, 18.3% of women and 1.4% of men have been raped at some point in their lifetime. 3 The Office on Women's Health webpage about Sexual Assault and Abuse provides additional information and resources regarding sexual assault. 4

Quick Health Data Online provides several types of data related to sexual assault, including information on:
2011 Percent Adolescents Reporting Having Ever Been Forced to Have Sex*, State and U.S.  Click for more details.






Quick Health Data Online provides data for men and women as well as race and ethnicity and can be used to assess differences in behaviors, risk factors, and mortality among various population groups over time. Data can be used to generate tables and maps such as these, which present rape rates per 100,000 femalesadobe logo.


1Sexual Violence Definitions, introductory paragraph, available online at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Injury Center: Violence Prevention Sexual Violence Definitions website: http://www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/sexualviolence/definitions.html.

2Sexual Violence Definitions, introductory paragraph, available online at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Injury Center: Violence Prevention Sexual Violence Definitions website: http://www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/sexualviolence/definitions.html

3Black, M.C., Basile, K.C., Breiding, M.J., Smith, S.G., Walters, M.L., Merrick, M.T., Chen, J., & Stevens, M.R. (2011). The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): 2010 Summary Report. Atlanta, GA: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Data can be found in Table 2.1 on Page 18 and Table 2.2 on Page 19. Available online at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention HIV/AIDS Statistics and Surveillance website: http://www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/pdf/NISVS_Report2010-a.pdf

4Violence Against Women, Sexual Assault and Abuse, available online at the Office on Women's Health website: http://www.womenshealth.gov/violence-against-women/types-of-violence/sexual-assault-and-abuse.html