Report Shows Greats Strides, Hurdles for Women in L.A. County

Women in L.A. County are smoking less, working more, and dying less frequently from breast cancer and heart disease, according to a report released Wednesday by the county’s Department of Public Health. However, problems associated with poverty, homelessness and difficulty in accessing health care persist and more must be done to address them in the coming years.

In particular, the report highlighted disparities between white women and women of color. Black women saw higher poverty rates, unemployment and domestic violence. Fourteen percent of Latinas were without medical insurance. Native Americans were also studied for the first time and found to have a higher risk of obesity and heart disease. Among all groups, Asian women had the longest life expectancy but they were the least likely to get their regular mammograms.

In December, the female majority L.A. County Board of Supervisors approved a five-year plan to address gender equality issues in L.A. County. You can read a summary of the latest report at the Los Angeles Daily News.


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