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|Health Department Presents Statistics -- LISTEN TO PRESENTATION HERE
|The next step in a process the Knox County Health Department has undertaken several times over the years has moved forward, now that key statistics have been presented to the public.
The Health Department, as part of its Healthy Communities Project, presented a Community Analysis Thursday morning. The community and health data presented will be part of the plan submitted to the state identifying how they'll help address the problems identified.
Deborah Lischwe is Associate Director of Health Systems Research at the University of Illinois School of Medicine at Rockford -- the group that compiled the data -- and says there are many strengths in the data presented, some of which ties in to health though it may not look like it on the surface.
"Affordable housing, drop in crime, favorable pre-natal care utilization, an adequate supply of family practice physicians, and a high level of former smokers," Lischwe said.
But Lischwe says there are seemingly more negatives than positives -- a rising number of cases of low birth weight, more mothers who smoke during pregnancy, a stable number of teen births, an increase in births to single mothers, an increase in deaths due to diabetes, more respiratory diseases, high obesity, and more sexually-transmitted diseases, among yet more.
The overall data can be used by any of a number of organizations as they write grants and use the figures for other means.
To listen to the full discussion, CLICK HERE (mp3 format, approximately 90 minutes, and it may be hard to hear some discussion by attendees).
(Knox County Public Health Administrator Heidi Britton, Knox County Board of Health president Jeanne Harland, and Knox County United Way Executive Director Ann Tucker listen as Deborah Lischwe of the University of Illinois School of Medicine makes her presentation Thursday at the Knox County Health Department. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.
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