What Data Would You Like to Review?
- Health Status
- Cancer Incidence Rates/Cancer Death Rates
- Chronic Illness/Heart Disease and Stroke (including Diabetes)
- Infectious Diseases (including HIV & Flu)
- Injuries and Other Death Rates (Including Motor Vehicle Accident Deaths and Suicide Death Rate)
- Maternal and Infant Health
- Other Factors that Impact Health
Message from the Directors
Thank you for taking the time to review the Lake Cumberland District’s Health Report Card. It should be noted that the local data used in the following is sometimes several years old. More recent local data is not currently available thereby making it difficult to assess if the strategies the LCDHD has implemented have made a positive impact on known health issues.
A few years ago, The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) identified Winnable Battles in public health. Some of these include: 1) Hospital Associated Infections, 2) HIV, 3) Motor Vehicle Injuries, 4) Obesity/Nutrition/Physical Activity/Food Safety, 5) Teen Pregnancy and 6) Tobacco. Let’s take an account of where our district’s health status currently rates in regard to several of these areas.
- HIV: 2015 data shows our district has 111 individuals identified as living with AIDS.
- Motor Vehicle Injures: 2015 data shows our district scored a “C” in the category of “Motor Vehicle Death Rate”.
- Obesity/Nutrition/Physical Activity/Food Safety: 2015 data shows our district scored a “D” in obesity.
- Teen Pregnancy: 2015 data shows our district scored a “D” in the category of “Teen Births”.
- Tobacco: 2014 data shows our district scored a “D” in the categories of “Lung Cancer Incidence” and in “Lung Cancer Death Rate”.
If you are weary of our citizens constantly being rated so low in areas of public health, here are some things you can do:
- Reserve sexual activity to a committed relationship [this is the best option], or make sure to have protected sex;
- When driving: don’t do so after drinking alcohol; wear your seatbelt and observe the posted speed limits; and do not text or send messages via electronic devices;
- Eat normally proportioned helpings of nutritious foods including at least five fruits and vegetables a day;
- Exercise about 30 minutes per day; and
- Avoid the use of tobacco products.
Do the above and join us in our mission of, “…promoting good health practices…,” and strive for these five healthy activities.
Technical Notes and Definitions
Lake Cumberland District Health Department’s Health Report Card serves as a tool to compare current health indicators in the following ways: compare individual counties; compare individual counties to the Lake Cumberland District; compare individual counties to KY, National and Healthy People 2020 Goals; and compare the Lake Cumberland District to KY, National and Healthy People 2020 Goals. The Healthy People 2020 Goals provide a 10 year agenda for improving the health of all Americans. Priority in selecting the indicators was given to measures for which data are available and which are commonly used in public health.
Where indicated, prevalence indicates the total number of people in a population with a certain disease or condition. Instances, in comparison, is the amount of new diagnoses of a disease or condition.
Where applicable, grades are given for the Lake Cumberland District as follows:
A= District rates are better than all three of the following: KY rates, National rates and the HP 2020 goal.
B= District rates are better than two of the following: KY rates, National rates and the HP 2020 goal.
C= District rates are better than one of the following: KY rates, National rates and the HP 2020 goal.
D= District rates are worse than all three of the following: KY rates, National rates and the HP 2020 goal.