California has achieved important national health goals for reducing deaths due to cancer, motor vehicle crashes, homicide and suicide, and in reducing the incidence of AIDS, gonorrhea and low-birthweight infants, according to a new report on public health.
These trends point to a healthier California,” said Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health, which co-authored the report with the California Conference of Local Health Officers. “However, far too many Californians still struggle with chronic diseases related to diet, physical activity and smoking. We all have a stake in building a healthier California.”
The “County Health Status Profiles 2013” also shows declines in deaths due to heart disease, stroke, breast cancer, prostate cancer, colorectal cancer and in the incidence of TB. In contrast, the report identified increases in deaths due to Alzheimer’s disease and in the incidence of chlamydia.
County Health Status Profiles 2013” provides a snapshot of key public health indicators for each of California’s 58 counties and the state and compares them to goals established by the federal “Healthy People 2020 National Objectives.” Other highlights of the report include:
AIDS—56 counties and the state have met the national goal.
Female Gonorrhea—56 counties and the state have met the national goal.
Accidents, Diabetes, Influenza/Pneumonia—Death rates declined.
“Creating communities that invite regular physical activity and offer easy access to healthy and fresh foods are the key to a healthier California,” said Dr. Chapman.
The report was released in coordination with National Public Health Week, Apr. 1-7, 2013.