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April 4, 2001 -- No. 170

North Carolina Women’s Health Report Card to show decade’s data of problems, progress

10 a.m. Friday (April 6)
Carolina Club, George Watts Hill Alumni Center, Stadium Drive
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The North Carolina Program for Women’s Health Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will announce a 2001 "report card" – prepared by the program and other collaborators – that assigns grades to 36 selected health indicators in eight areas of women’s health.

Grades of A, B, C, D or F will be given based on percent improvement or decline in North Carolina women’s health statistics gathered from 1990 to 1999. Categories covered on the report card are reproductive health, infectious diseases, chronic diseases, substance abuse, mental health, violence and injuries, behavioral risks, barriers to health and preventive health practices.

Those scheduled to address the findings at the announcement ceremony include:

North Carolina Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue.

Dr. Katherine Hartmann, co-director of the North Carolina Program for Women’s Health Research at UNC.

Dr. Valerie Parisi, Robert A. Ross professor of obstetrics and gynecology at UNC and chair of the department.

Dr. Jeffrey L. Houpt, dean of the UNC School of Medicine, vice chancellor for medical affairs and chief executive officer of UNC Health Care.

Dr. Timothy Carey, director of the UNC Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, co-chair of the Program on Ethnicity, Culture and Health and principal investigator for the Center of Excellence on Overcoming Racial Health Disparities.

After the announcement ceremony, the speakers and a group of UNC doctors and researchers will be available to discuss different aspects of the report card.

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N.C. Program for Women’s Health Research contact: Christine Shia, (919) 843-7661 or (919) 966-7928

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