Goal: Increase quality of life in Bay County for all persons, specifically risk factors for heart disease.
Life expectancy in Michigan (the data is collected at the state and federal levels) and the Years of Potential Life Lost, which is a measure of premature mortality per 100,000 residents under 75 years of age. As a method, it is an alternative to death rates that gives more weight to deaths that occur among younger people.
Why This Indicator is Important
Life expectancy offers insight into the overall health of a community. Due to advances in health care during recent decades, life expectancy has risen dramatically and translated into a higher population of elderly citizens. This creates a need for health and social support within the community to provide adequate services for an aging population. Also, Life expectancy is one of the factors in measuring the Human Development Index (HDI) of each nation, along with adult literacy, education, and standard of living; used in describing the physical quality of life of an area; and used when determining the value of a life settlement.