The health of our community and residents, at every age, is critical in having a vibrant quality of life. The following measures track some of the key factors to evaluate resident well-being.
Poor air quality contributes to damaging our environment and health problems, such as asthma, lung disease and heart disease. Most air pollution comes from the use of fossil fuels, especially by cars and trucks.
Infant mortality, calculated as a death before the age of 1, is recognized by the World Health Organization as a sentinel measure of population health. Disparities in infant mortality reflect a constellation of risk factors, including the long-term effects of poverty and stress, poor maternal health, unhealthy physical and social environments, and lack of access to high-quality health care.
Lead Poisoning Testing
Childhood lead poisoning is one of the most common yet preventable health problems in the United States. This measure tracks the percentage of children tested and the number of kids with elevated levels of lead.
Pregnancy during adolescence increases the likelihood that a mother will not complete high school and that her children will be raised in poverty. The children of a teenage mother are at a higher risk for being underweight at birth and much more likely to exhibit behavioral problems than children of older mothers.