New America’s Health Rankings Report: Rising Maternal Mortality, Mental Health Challenges Among Women

October 04, 2023

The United Health Foundation has released its America’s Health Rankings® 2023 Health of Women and Children Report. This year’s report builds on the America’s Health Rankings platform’s longstanding commitment to better understand the comprehensive health and well-being of women and children by analyzing the latest data on 122 measures from 34 distinct data sources.

The findings highlight the need to address the troubling and growing health challenges and inequities — particularly in the rising mortality rates — faced by women and children, populations critical to building healthy, thriving communities.

Dive into the data



The Health of Women and Children Report reveals that America’s women and children face a variety of challenges and barriers to well-being. These findings should inspire meaningful dialogue and help us encourage policymakers, advocates, community leaders and individuals to help target and tailor public health interventions that address these concerning trends.”

Dr. Lisa Saul | Chief Medical Officer for Women's Health, UnitedHealthcare


America’s Health Rankings 2023 Health of Women and Children Report

The Health of Women and Children Report provides a comprehensive look at the health of America’s 58.7 million women of reproductive age (18-44) and 73.6 million children across the nation and on a state-by-state basis.

Advancing Health Equity

From our clinical policies to the organizations we partner with across the country to a more diverse and inclusive health workforce well beyond our own walls, our commitment to health equity is part of who we are and how we operate.

A three-year, $2 million grant partnership with Any Baby Can is helping to address the increases in maternal mortality and morbidity highlighted in the 2023 America’s Health Rankings Health of Women and Children Report, as well as advance health equity among underserved populations.


With support from the United Health Foundation, Any Baby Can expanded health services to over 1,000 first-time parents, including preeclampsia monitoring and education and mental health support. As a result:

The big picture

To further address maternal and infant health issues, UnitedHealth Group is investing nearly $9 million in philanthropic programs to help improve maternal and infant health outcomes by targeting at-risk populations, with a focus on prenatal, perinatal, infant, mental and behavioral health and developing the maternal health workforce. To date, more than 6,500 women have received support through these programs.



UnitedHealth Group and America’s Health Rankings

For more than 30 years, UnitedHealth Group has used findings from America’s Health Rankings reports, along with additional data and insights from the organization’s 400,000 team members, to devise and deliver targeted, meaningful solutions that address America’s health disparities — in health care, insurance, clinical expertise and financial support. UnitedHealth Group partners with national and local organizations, government agencies, experts and lawmakers to further improve and better target these solutions, and help all people live healthier lives.

About the United Health Foundation

Through collaboration with community partners, grants and outreach efforts, the United Health Foundation works to improve our health system, build a diverse and dynamic health workforce and enhance the well-being of local communities. The United Health Foundation was established by UnitedHealth Group in 1999 as a not-for-profit, private foundation dedicated to improving health and health care. To date, the United Health Foundation has committed more than $700 million to programs and communities around the world. To learn more, visit