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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: 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, breastfeeding is linked to a lower risk of asthma, obesity, diabetes and many other health problems. Women who breastfeed are at a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes and postpartum depression 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:

2010 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 among 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 and infants who were exclusively breastfed through 3 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 28th is World Hepatitis Day

In an attempt to raise awareness of hepatitis and provide education to help prevent and control the spread of the disease, July 28th has been designated World Hepatitis Day.1

 'Hepatitis' means inflammation of the liver. Some types of hepatitis are caused by viral infections that affect the liver. The viruses that cause the major types of viral hepatitis are reflected in the name (hepatitis A, hepatitis B or hepatitis C). Some forms of hepatitis are mild, and others can be serious, with the latter possibly leading to scarring, called cirrhosis, or to liver cancer.2

Quick Health Data Online provides data related to viral Hepatitis. The site includes information on topics such as:
2006 - 2010 Cases of Hepatitis in Females and Males, US. 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 among different population groups. Data can be used to generate tables, charts and maps.

1 http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/pages/world-hepatitis-day.htm

2 http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/hepatitis.html

Spotlight: June 9-15 is National Men's Health Week


National Men's Health Week, www.menshealthmonth.org/week/index.html

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 raise 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:

Percent of Males Age 18+ Who Reported Binge Drinking in the Past 30 Days*, 
Age-Adjusted,by US, State and Territory - 2012. 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 percent of males who are obese based on self-reported weight and height adobe logo and the percent of men who reported having been diagnosed with hypertension adobe 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 11-17 is National Women's Health Week

National Women's Health Week, www.womenshealth.gov/NWHW National Women's Health Week is an observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health. The goal is to empower women to make their health a priority. The week also serves as a time to help women understand what it means to be well.

It's being as healthy as you can be. And, most importantly, it's about taking steps to improve your physical and mental health:

  • Visit a health care professional to receive regular checkups and preventive screenings.
  • Get active.
  • Eat healthy.
  • Pay attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress.
  • Avoid unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking, texting while driving, and not wearing a seatbelt or bicycle helmet.

Quick Health Data Online offers many types of data related to the objectives of National Women's Health Week. Topics related to this year's theme include:

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 women adobe logo.

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