National Public Health Week 2015

National Public Health Week 2015

During the first full week of April each year, the American Public Health Association brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation. This year’s theme is Healthiest Nation 2030.  Each day we will provide information regarding a theme that will help bring us closer to making America the healthiest nation in one generation!

Monday, April 6 What does the data reveal about Summit County?
Summit County recently released their report on health and health disparities which gives us a staggering picture of the health statuses of Summit County residents. Some highlights from the report include:

  • Compared to the rest of the U.S., Summit County residents are more likely to die prematurely
  • Summit County residents are also more likely to suffer from chronic diseases, such as diabetes, than the rest of the U.S.
  • Among women diagnosed with breast cancer, one out of every three cancers is diagnosed in late stage
  • Roughly one half of high school seniors is currently sexually active
  • African-American residents are three times as likely to live under the federal poverty threshold as white residents

View the full report here

Tuesday, April 7 Starting From Zip
Our zip code says a lot about our health. It dictates which resources we have available to us. In the U.S., the health disparities we see by geography are staggering. These disparities have been noted nationally down to the county level. Summit County’s health outcomes rank 42nd out of all Ohio’s 88 counties. How this came to be is distinctly related to the distribution of resources available to residents within the county.
The data show that:

  • One third of Summit County residents living below the federal poverty line live within a food desert where they do not have access to fresh or healthy foods
  • Residents of North Akron, Central Akron and Southwest Akron county clusters are more likely to be diagnosed with lung cancer than those living in elsewhere in the county
  • Those who live in Akron or Barberton clusters are more likely to be obese than those living elsewhere in the county

View the full report here

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