Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky (Louisville, KY)
The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is urging its state’s citizens to reduce their smoking rates in order to improve health. A study published in the August 2017 issue of Health Affairs found that the infant mortality rate in Appalachia is 16 percent higher than in the rest of the country, and that the life expectancy for Appalachians is 2.4 years shorter than for those living elsewhere in the United States. Both of these gaps have widened since 1990; there was no statistical difference in the infant mortality rate between Appalachia and the nation as a whole in 1990-1992, and the life expectancy gap was only 0.6 years at that time. Study authors attribute much of the difference to "persistent or increasing disparities in general living standards and health-risk behaviors such as adult smoking, smoking during pregnancy, obesity, physical inactivity, and heavy consumption of alcohol."
Contact: Bonnie J. Hackbarth
More information: http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/36/8/1423.full
Interact for Health (Cincinnati, OH)
A project of Interact for Health, the Community Health Status Survey (CHSS) gives an in-depth look at the self-reported health of tri-state residents. It was most recently conducted in 2017 and was first conducted in 1996.
Through comparisons, the Community Health Status Survey shows how Greater Cincinnati stacks up to the rest of the country and how our health is changing over time. The results give organizations and agencies, policymakers, and residents the local data they need as they work to improve the overall health of the Greater Cincinnati area.
Contact: Susan Sprigg