Health

It is widely known that American’s health status has declined. Measures of declining health status include: potential shorter life expectancy for today’s youth, 1 behavioral risk factors as the leading cause of mortality (e.g., smoking, poor diet, physical inactivity),2 increasing rates of chronic disease,3near epidemic rates of obesity,4 and rising health care costs.5 Lincoln has been somewhat healthier than other communities in the United States, but rates of chronic health risk factors, such as obesity and diabetes, and sexually transmitted diseases are rapidly increasing. In Lincoln, there are large geographic disparities in a number of health measures, such as prenatal care, primary care, childhood obesity, tobacco use, and overall life expectancy.

Both Lincoln and the United States have much ground to regain in reversing current poor health trends.

Adult Chronic Health Factors Have Worsened and are Close to the U.S. Baseline

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Rates of Child Obesity in Kindergarten through 4th Vary Throughout Lincoln Neighborhoods

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Rate Sexually-Transmitted Diseases is Increasing in Lincoln

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Rate of Adults Who Smoke Tobacco Varies Throughout Lincoln Neighborhoods

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Lincoln’s Chronic Disease Mortality is Lower than the U.S. Overall

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Deaths Due to Diabetes have Increased to Close to the U.S. Rate

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Life Expectancy Varies Throughout Lincoln Neighborhoods

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Younger Expectant Mothers are Less Likely to Receive Prenatal Care
Lincoln Has a Lower Rate of Low Birth Weight Infants

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Some of the Lowest Rates of First Trimester Prenatal Care are in a Federal Designated Medically Underserved Area (MUA)

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Births to Lincoln Teen Mothers is the Same as the National Rate

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Poor Mental Health Days are Increasing

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Lincoln Police Respond to One Call per Day Related to Suicide; Most Persons Committing Suicide Have No Previous Law Enforcement Contact

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Youth Drug and Alcohol use Rates are Lower than U.S. Rates

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One-Fifth of Police Responses Involve Alcohol and/or Drugs

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Mental Health and Substance Abuse Crisis Services Utilization is Declining

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Co-Occurring Disorders are the Most Common Diagnosis for Persons Entering Behavioral Health Services

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Both Housing and Employment Rates Increase Among Those with Mental Health Disorders When They Receive Services

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Footnotes

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