Suicide Rates by County in the US

Today’s map of the day details the suicide rates in the United States by county. The data below seems to suggest that there are, more or less, differences in suicide rates depending on which region of the US you live in. How does your state and county compare to the rest of the United States?

Check out this map and more at the NCMI website: http://communitymappingforhealthequity.org/suicide-rates-by-county-in-us/

By National Community Mapping Institute

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Data Source: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

How are you breathing today?

According to the American Thoracic Society (ATS), lowering two types of air pollutant restriction levels in the U.S. will preserve precious lives and drop down the rate of serious illness. Curbing airborne ozone and  fine particle levels will decrease the events of heart attacks, hospital admissions, and emergency room frequents by 21,400 per annum. ATS enlisted ten U.S. cities that can take the most out of stricter air standards.

Check out the list and more at: http://health.usnews.com/health-care/articles/2016-08-10/tougher-us-air-standards-would-be-lifesavers-study

Medicare Beneficiaries: Blood sugar testing and Leg Amputations

Data Source: Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care –  http://www.dartmouthatlas.org

According to data obtained from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice, the greatest average annual percentage of diabetic Medicare beneficiaries ages 65-75 receiving blood sugar testing tends to be across the Northern United States. This is shown in the first map below. One of the known complications of diabetes is amputation of the leg due to a combination of damaged nerves and poor circulation of the blood. The second map below visually represents the average annual rates of leg amputations amongst Medicare beneficiaries.

How do the two maps compare?

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Percentage of Native American Population in 2010

Check out the below map to see which region of the United States has the highest percentage of Native American population. According to the available data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, the highest percentage of Native American population is in Arizona and New Mexico.

Check out this map and more at the National Community Mapping Institute websitehttp://communitymappingforhealthequity.org/percentage-of-american-indian-population-in-2010/

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Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Percentage of Excessive Drinking Adults in US (2006-2012)

Crazy weekend out? According to data from BRFSS, the percentage of excessive drinking adults seems to be concentrated in Northern United States. While poverty, obesity, and many other public health issues tend to be centered in the South-Eastern United States, it seems the North takes the gold for excessive drinking.

Check out this map and more at http://communitymappingforhealthequity.org/percentage-of-excessive-drinking-adults-in-us-2006-2012/

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Data Source: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

Percentage of No Exercise Adults

Are Americans fit enough to bring home the gold in the Olympics? Today’s map of the day details the prevalence of lack of exercise amongst adults in the United States. According to this data, it looks like Southern United States has the greatest percentage of adults who don’t exercise, but it’s never too late to start! Maybe one day you can be an Olympian too.

Check out this map and more at http://communitymappingforhealthequity.org/percent-of-no-exercise-adults-2006-2012/

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Data Source: Health Indicators Warehouse

The Availability of Food

These maps from 2010 show the availability of grocery store locations and also the percentage of people who had a car to get there. The topic of food availability is already an interesting conversation.. is there enough food? Is there enough food, but it just isn’t distributed evenly? Why is healthy food more expense then unhealthy? Why has food become more of a business then of a way to survive? Take a look at these maps, because they bring another problem into the mix! Transportation and accessibility.

The information for the maps was collected from the USDA Food Environment Atlas and the maps were created by Meharry Medical College.

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