2012 California County Health Report released by CDPH

County Population Dark Orange is over 900,000, medium orange is 300,000 to 900,000 and lightest yellow is under 300,000 people - credit CDPH.gov report

(Best Syndication News) - The California Department of Public Health has released their County Health Status Profiles 2012 report that assesses the health status of each county throughout the state. The current data analyzed was between 2008 – 2010 and was compared against the Healthy People 2010 National Objectives to determine if the state has met each goal.

The CDPH report saw improvements from the previous report that involved the years of 2005 through 2007. The new report saw around a 14 percent decline in the birthrates of adolescent mothers for the 2008 through 2010 data. There was a 29.4 percent reduction in motor vehicle traffic crash death rates, which was the best improvement overall in the 2012 report. The rates of Gonorrhea infections declined by 25.6 percent. AIDS infections declined by 24.4 percent. Diabetes death rates also showed a decline by 11.1 percent. All cancers including lung, breast, and prostate declined since the 2005 – 2007 report. There also was a reduction in coronary heart disease, and cerebrovascular disease. However, death rates for Alzheimer’s disease and suicide rates increased.

San Bernardino County's overall death rate is estimated at 717.7 - 744.5 per 100,000 people, which is higher than the state's overall death rate of 630.1 to 635.3 per 100,000.

Most of the cancer death rates and Diabetes related deaths were higher in San Bernardino County. Lung cancer deaths were in the middle and not at the highest levels in San Bernardino.

The death rate for Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis was at the highest levels throughout most of the counties in the state including San Bernardino. However, the death from Alzheimer’s disease was relatively low in comparison to other counties.

Deaths caused by accidents was high throughout most of the counties, however, San Bernardino had a lower rate for this. Motor vehicle accident deaths were high throughout the most counties and this included San Bernardino County, which was greater than eight deaths per 100,000 people.

Suicide death rates were at high levels throughout most counties. The HP 2010 target for this was 4.8 per 100,000, but was over 9.7 per 100,000 in most counties, including San Bernardino County. Homicides were higher in San Bernardino County with over 5.3 deaths per 100,000.

Death from coronary heart disease was average among the counties compared to the national health goals. Kern and Stanislaus County had the highest rate of death from coronary heart disease. Stroke death rate was about the same as most counties. Humboldt County had the highest rate of stroke deaths.

To read the entire report the CDPH has made it a PDF available on their website at http://www.cdph.ca.gov/pubsforms/Pubs/OHIRProfiles2012.pdf.

By: Marsha Quinn
Health Reporter

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