Connecticut ranks 4th in nation for health of women and children

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The  newest report by America’s Health Rankings finds that women and children in Connecticut are healthier than women and children in all but three other states. While we rank best in outcomes for children, we are 48th in clinical care for infants. Our strengths include cervical cancer screening, the lowest rate of smoking in pregnancy in the US, and low prevalence of adverse childhood experiences. However, we have very high rates of excessive drinking during pregnancy and for women overall. We have too many low-risk cesarean deliveries and too few early childhood developmental screenings. The report examines 60 measures important to the health of women and children from health care services such as vaccines and check ups, to environmental factors such as safe homes, safe neighborhoods and health behaviors. The report’s detailed summary for Connecticut has important specific information on our achievements and where we need to do more.