Goal: Reduce health inequities in Bay County and provide access to education and programs to increase health equity to state levels.
There are three interrelated measures for this category including natality by race of mother, children ages 1-2 with elevated blood lead, and rankings (by county) on health outcomes and factors that impact health equity.
Why This Indicator is Important
The US, like many developed countries, has experienced a sharp rise in income inequality during the past three decades, which according to research, is a risk factor for premature mortality and increased morbidity. Also, there is a link among poor health status, persistent poverty, lack of economic growth. Current political discourse focuses on the national challenge to provide equal and adequate health care to all citizens of the United States. Data used throughout the report can be used to demonstrate that safety, health, economic development, and education work together to have impact on health equity. Included in this assessment is that by improving these factors health equity will improve. Persons living in poverty, and people of color demonstrate higher tendencies than others toward significant health problems, including diabetes, asthma, hypertension, and cancer.