Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence

  Producing a Profile of the Health of Manitoba Women
Background Report


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The research and publication of this study were funded by the Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence (PWHCE). The PWHCE is financially supported by the Centre of Excellence for Women's Health Program, Bureau of Women's Health and Gender Analysis, Health Canada. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the PWHCE or the official policy of Health Canada.

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Lissa Donner

Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence (PWHCE) was commissioned by Manitoba Health to conduct a feasibility study for a Manitoba Women's Health Profile, in keeping with the provincial Women's Health Strategy (2001). The goals were to review profiles and surveillance reports from other jurisdictions, and the response to them; and to recommend elements to be included in a Profile for Manitoba.

PWHCE struck an expert committee to advise on evidence from other jurisdictions, and the feasibility and usefulness of data sets with relevant data on Manitoba women. (It is valuable to note that the profiles and surveillance reports reviewed have been extremely popular, and requested by a variety of users. Equally important, there are plans in each jurisdiction to proceed with next steps and updates.) Even while agencies such as the World Health Organization are proposing to consider as many as 1000 indicators of women's health for an international surveillance project, PWHCE and the Advisory Committee have considered which indicators can provide a pragmatic, cost- effective understanding of the health of women who live in Manitoba.

The Manitoba Women's Health Profile proposed here would include a broad definition of health and be based on a population health framework, recognizing both medical and non-medical determinants of health. A Manitoba Women's Health Profile should include, wherever possible, data which reflect the diversity of Manitoba women including differences in income, Aboriginal ancestry, age, disability, geographic location, migration and racism.

The possibility for this Profile to be developed concurrently with a report by the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy on gender differences in health status and health services utilization (and now with an offer for collaboration from Health Canada), creates a wonderful opportunity to produce two complementary documents, which together will provide needed information about the health of Manitoba women.

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