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Eleven Cities Featured New Community Health Indicators Report Issued


Our Community Health Assessment, Planning and Evaluation unit is, from left, Chuck McKetney, Jennifer Lifshay, Jennifer June Balogh, Ken Knight and Debbie Casanova.

Our Community Health Assessment, Planning and Evaluation (CHAPE) group released the new Community Health Indicators in Contra Costa County report in July, updating the old report, which was released in August 2004.

The report describes selected community health indicators for specific cities and places in Contra Costa County and highlights what health disparities exist in the county. The 11 cities featured in the report were chosen either because they were the largest cities in the county or they had a disproportionately large number of health disparities. Using information from the 2000 Census, birth and death certificates as well as various other information sources from 2002 to 2004, the report includes new information about HIV, infant morality, prenatal care, oral health, cancer incidence, suicide and self-inflicted injury. There's also a section with Frequently Asked Questions, an index, and a Quick Start Guide, which describes how to retrieve the information from all the tables in the report.

While Contra Costa County is doing better overall than the rest of the state, there are still regional and ethnic disparities that must be addressed. Commenting on the fact that most of the indicators are similar to the last report, Chuck McKetney, CHAPE Director, says it's not realistic to expect dramatic changes in only two years. "Many of the diseases that we describe are chronic diseases and take years to influence. And since the population is getting older, chronic disease will continue to be an issue."

One of the biggest problems the report highlights is the inequity in health outcomes for low-income residents of color.

African-Americans, in particular, have a higher, age-adjusted death rate from all causes compared to all county residents. In addition, they are five times more likely to die from homicide, and almost two times more likely to die of prostate cancer.

The report will be presented to the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California, which funded the project, and Chuck will be doing presentations for Divisions and others interesting in the report.

The report and an Executive Summary is available online at cchealth. Contact Chuck McKetney at 925-313-6171 or email cmcketney@hsd.cccounty.us to arrange for presentations or for more information.



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