Childhood immunizations, income inequality, housing costs, teen pregnancies — these are just a sample of the indicators that “The State of Our Health” details to give an overview of the health of Oregonians.
The State of Our Health, updated every two years, provides a breakdown of health indicators by county and includes a comprehensive poster illustrating the differences across counties. The goal of the monograph is to help decision makers better understand the social determinants of health over a lifespan. These include social, environmental and physical factors that have an effect on an individual’s well being.
Trends for 2015:
Child Poverty: inched up during the recession but is now coming back down. Unfortunately, Oregon is currently twenty-seventh in state ranking — better than in 2012 (thirtieth).
Environmental Health: Oregon ranks best in the nation with the lowest number of days with bad air pollution.
The State of Our Health 2015 was developed as a useful resource for legislators, local leaders, and community health providers as they make decisions and pass legislation that impacts public health. The monograph was created through a collaborative effort by the Oregon Health & Science University and Portland State University.
To view the full report, go to: http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/education/student-services/about-us/provost/upload/state-of-our-health-2015.pdf