2017: The health of Louisville

LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) – The health of an entire city can be a tough topic to tackle, but there's a new roadmap for where it stands.

Metro's Department of Public Health and Wellness released it's 2017 Health Equity Report on Nov. 30. 

The report looks at a wide range of health issues. The department then uses those findings to see how they relate to life expectancy and different health outcomes

Mayor Fischer and other community leaders participated in Thursday's meeting. They say this report is meant to give them guidelines on how to move forward with promoting health across the board.

Here's a closer look at the major findings:

Hospital admissions from asthma and tobacco use among middle schoolers have both declined
during the past six years.

"It tells us that health is a very complex conversation. It isn't just a matter of individual behaviors,” Brandy Kelly Pryor, director for Center for Health Equity, said. “When we see population differences with one side of a community versus another having differences in life expectancies, we really need to ask how did policies influence how those communities came to be."

Mayor Fischer said this is the most comprehensive report the metro has ever released on health equity.

WHAS11 was told other cities across the country have already reached out wanting to use it as a model for their future reports.

A few of the findings in Louisville Metro Health Equity Report 2017 include:
•    All of the top three causes of death in Louisville from 2011-2015 – heart disease, cancer and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) – are smoking related. 
•    White males had the highest rate of death from suicide, at 29.14 per 100,000, while black males had the highest rate of death from homicide, at 49.12 per 100,000. 
•    Louisville’s population is growing and becoming more diverse. The Hispanic/Latino population has tripled since 2000, and the Asian population has more than doubled. 

To view Louisville Metro Health Equity Report 2017 go to www.HealthEquityReport.com.  

© 2017 WHAS-TV


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