Preventive testing has been crucial for health well before the coronavirus pandemic. Particularly among women, where heart disease is the leading cause of death, yearly check-ups can make a difference with outcomes and prevention. However, the Hologic Global Women’s Health Index – the first global measure of women’s health from the perspectives of 60,000 women and girls in 116 countries and territories – reveals, among other insights, that while an overwhelming majority of women and girls believe in the power of regular check-ups, the reality has been very different. It also shows the staggering effect that lingering health issues have on women’s emotional health and well-being, which are at their lowest levels in 15 years. This Concordia Live spotlighted the importance of regular checkups for women of all ages, discussed the perceptions surrounding women’s preventive care measures and other indicators of women’s health, and assessed strategies for elevating women’s health globally.
The Hologic Global Women’s Health Index, conducted in partnership with Gallup Inc., is a multi-year study representing the health of approximately 2.5 billion women and girls and examines critical markers for women’s health, by country and territory, over time. The study not only highlights key issues within women’s health but also provides data for an actionable roadmap for improving women’s life expectancy and quality of life.
Producer and Reporter, PBS NewsHour
Founder, Susan G. Komen; Co-Founder, Promise Fund of Florida
Vice President, Worldwide Medical Affairs, Hologic
Portfolio Director for U.S. Enterprise, Gallup Inc.
Founder-President, Wellbeing Foundation Africa