NEW! County profiles outlining the obesity burden in each of North Carolina 's 100 counties and the steps those counties are taking to combat the problem. These resources were developed to help educate legislators and other decision makers about the obesity problem among their constituents. Each colorful, one-page profile highlights the percent of the county's population that is overweight or obese and the amount of Medicaid dollars spent within each county as a result. Additionally, the profiles describe county-specific consumer patterns and compare health behavior indicators across the state, including fruit and vegetable consumption and physical activity levels. Download your county's profile now!
Healthy NC 2020 Quarterly Update Fall 2013: Cardiovascular Disease
The State Center for Health Statistics in North Carolina has released new publications and data on its website in the last four months:
BRFSS Annual Survey Results - 2012
Cancer Profiles - June 2013
Trends in Maternal Mortality Statistics
PRAMS Annual Survey Results - 2011
PRAMS Surveillance Update: Severe Nausea, Vomiting or Dehydration during Pregnancy by North Carolina Mothers
SCHS Study 166 - The Association of Housing Stress, Health, Chronic Disease and Health Care Resources: Results from the 2011 North Carolina BRFSS Survey
Statistical Primer 20 - Changes to the North Carolina Child Health Assessment and Monitoring Program Survey Methodology and Data Collection in 2011
BRFSS Data for Adults in North Carolina Enrolled in Medicaid - 2011
Cancer Incidence in North Carolina 2010
Childhood Obesity Rates Falling in Some States
State Center of Health Statistics
Comprehensive collection of data, health statistics, research findings, and reports.
NC Department of Commerce
Statistics and data on the state’s economy for use by industrial clients, policy makers and the general public. Includes state comparisons, regional information, county and Industry profiles, annual review and trend reports.
NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
Summary of annual county statistics for selected crops, livestock, poultry, dairy, and cash receipts.
NC Department of Public Instruction Statistical Profile
A collection of statistical information about North Carolina's elementary and secondary schools. This site includes information on public school pupils, personnel, finances, state of the state reports, and etc.
North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center, Inc.
The Rural Center maintains a database of major economic and social indicators for each of North Carolina's 100 counties. Click on this link to view Sampson County's profile.
Adolescent Health Resources for Local Health Departments
NACCHO is the national organization representing local health departments. NACCHO works to support efforts that protect and improve the health of all people and all communities by promoting national policy, developing resources and programs, seeking health equity and supporting effective local public health practice and systems.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
The CDC is one of the major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services. CDC′s Mission is to collaborate to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health – through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats.
American Diabetes Association
American Diabetes Association's (ADA) mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information click on the title.
Where we live, learn, work and play matters to our health.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute have released the third annual County Health Rankings. Nearly every county in the country is ranked on health outcomes (how healthy we are) and on health factors (how healthy we can be). This information helps counties see where they are doing well and where improvement is needed to ensure that every community is a healthy place to live, learn, work and play. Learn more at www.countyhealthrankings.org
April is Public Health Month. The goal of Public Health Month is to increase North Carolinians’ awareness of the need for public health and its effect on quality of life. This year's theme is "A Healthier America Begins Today. Join the Movement!" Often, people think of public health only in terms of restaurant sanitation inspections, safe drinking water, or vaccines for school children. However, local public health departments work to improve the health of the whole community by controlling and eliminating infectious diseases, promoting healthy lifestyles practices, and preparing for natural and man-made emergencies. For more information on public health, click on the title.
Please see the recently released RFP from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Link to RWJ RFP) as a follow-up to the recent release of the updated County MATCH rankings (NC County Health Rankings Link). The RFP is intended to solicit responses from communities that wish to work in a multi- systemic effort to improve their rankings using interventions that engage communities well beyond healthcare providers. While we are not directly involved in the process, we are happy to assist as we can in any submissions that you may be developing in response to this RFP.
New report ranks states on health of seniors
United Health Foundation has released its first America’s Health Rankings Senior Report—a comprehensive assessment of senior health based on 34 different measures from obesity and smoking to hip fractures and mental health difficulties. The report ranks Minnesota as the healthiest state for older adults, followed by Vermont and New Hampshire. The unhealthiest state for seniors is Mississippi, followed by Oklahoma and Louisiana. The complete rankings are here and the 34 evaluation measures are here. An excellent report in USA Today is here.
N.C. Infant Mortality Rate for 2012 Released
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. - Today, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services released the state's infant mortality rate for 2012. According to statistics released by the Department, the rate in 2012 was 7.4 deaths per 1,000 live births. The infant mortality rate for 2012, while the third lowest in state history; is a slight increase from the 2011 rate of 7.2, and the all-time low of 7.0 in 2010.
Deaths attributed to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) continued a downward trend from 50 in 2011 to 28 in 2012, according to the data collected by the State Center for Health Statistics.
Continued challenges identified in the 2012 infant mortality data include:
- There was a 7.8% increase in the African American Non-Hispanic infant mortality rate with more than twice as many African American babies dying before their first birthday as white babies. The numbers are also increasing in the American Indian population as well.
- Nearly half of women who delivered infants were overweight or obese (48.5%). Being overweight or obese during pregnancy can increase the risk for Cesarean section delivery, longer hospital stays, gestational hypertension, diabetes, fetal death and birth defects.
- About 20% of women ages 18-44 currently use tobacco; with 10.6% of women smoking during pregnancy in 2012. Eliminating maternal smoking may lead to a 10% reduction in all infant deaths and a 12% reduction in deaths from perinatal conditions including premature delivery and low birth weight.
- 12% of births to women in NC have a birth interval of less than 6 months between delivery and next conception, which increases the risk for miscarriage, preterm birth, low birth weight and other pregnancy complications.
For a copy of the full 2012 Infant Mortality Report, visit: http://www.schs.state.nc.us/schs/deaths/ims/2012/