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A Profile of Women's Health in Manitoba

Lissa Donner
Harpa Isfeld
Margaret Haworth-Brockman
Caitlin Forsey

November 2008
ISBN: 978-1-897250-18-1
Project #156 of Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence

A Profile of Women's Health in Manitoba is a collaboration, with funding provided by Manitoba Health and Healthy Living, the Bureau of Women's Health and Gender Analysis and Health Canada, Manitoba and Saskatchewan Region.

The Profile provides new information on the health, health outcomes and health care use of women in Manitoba, using a broad perspective. What makes women healthy or unhealthy is not just a combination of physical and physiological conditions, but includes many other influences. Health is more than the absence of illness and staying healthy requires more than just receiving good health care. Geography, stress, income, employment conditions, social supports and roles and responsibilities in the community are just some of the factors that affect women's well-being.

A Profile brings together current information about many facets of women's health, including a review of available data on health and health care use and a gender-based analysis of the inter-relation of the factors and complicated influences they have on women. The Profile describes and explains these factors, and points to policies and programs which can lead to improvements and change.

Data Extras

Data for this publication are available in Excel spreadsheet files. Click here to view files.


Since publication of 'A Profile of Women's Health in Manitoba', some errors or omissions in the representation of data have come to light, which are described below and listed in the order in which they appear in the report. In addition, some links to sources on external websites may have changed since the publication date.
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Download A Profile of Women's Health in Manitoba.

Complete Report (3.3MB PDF)
Front Cover (188KB PDF)
Foreword (62KB PDF)
Acknowledgements (52KB PDF)
Table of Contents (64KB PDF)
(366KB PDF)
Chapter One: Who Are the Women of Manitoba? (146KB PDF)
Chapter Two: Income, Living Conditions and Other Determinants of Women’s Health in Manitoba (823KB PDF)
Chapter Three: Health Behaviours and Lifestyle Determinants of Health (428KB PDF)
Chapter Four: Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health (451KB PDF)
Chapter Five: Physical and Mental Health (721KB PDF)
Chapter Six: Use of Health Services (455KB PDF)
Chapter Seven: Life Expectancy and Mortality for Manitoba Women (203KB PDF)

Hard copies of this report can be purchased from our Administrative Centre for $75 CAD plus shipping and handling. Download Order Form. If you would like to purchase a copy, or you would like further information about this report, please contact our office:

Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence
56 The Promenade, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 3H9
Tel: (204) 982-6630

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   Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence
   56 The Promenade
   Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 3H9
   Tel: (204) 982-6630
   Fax: (204) 982-6637