Xavier University report compares Tri-State health to rest of nation

NORWOOD, OH (FOX19) - Tri-state area health is measured and compared to state and national levels in the fifth edition of Indicators of Healthy Communities.

The report compiled by the Health Improvement Collaborative of Greater Cincinnati, Xavier University and United Way of Greater Cincinnati measures 40 indicators throughout 15 tri-state counties. The report pulls data from the Greater Cincinnati Community Health Status Survey, the U.S. Census Bureau, municipal, county, state and federal government sources, among others.

The report includes nine categories: a demographic overview of Greater Cincinnati; environmental factors influencing health; maternal, child and infant health; health behaviors; behavioral and mental health; infectious disease; health service utilization; mortality; and injury death.

Bright spots for the tri-state include poverty, education, prenatal care, tuberculosis, homicide and clean air rates. However, despite local decreases in heart disease, strokes and cancer, local rates are still higher than the national averages. Tri-state obesity rates also increased from 56 percent in 1999 to 64 percent in 2010.

"This report is critical to help us focus on areas of health that we must improve. We hope it will be used extensively by public and private organizations in the area to identify shared opportunities to improve health," says Edmond Hooker, MD, DrPH, an associate professor of health services administration at Xavier University and a coordinator for the report.

More statistics from the report can be found by clicking here.