Population Health

The health system should help Americans live longer and spend more of their lives free of disabilities and limitations.  Health risk behaviors are a critical factor in determining people’s health.  This dashboard includes measures of population health outcomes and of critical health risk behaviors.  The national summary data for the measures that comprise this dashboard are presented below.

Percentage of Infants Born at a Low Birth Weight

Low birth weight is a risk factor for poor lifetime health outcomes.

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Percentage of People Living with HIV Who Know They are Infected

Testing is critical to link people with HIV to medical care and support so that they can live healthier lives. People who are unaware of their infection are 3.5 times more likely to transmit HIV than people who are aware of their infection.

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Percentage of People with at Least One Activities of Daily Living (ADL) Limitation

This measure identifies people who need the help of others to address personal care needs, such as eating, bathing, dressing or getting around inside their home.

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Percentage of Children with a Healthy Weight

Childhood obesity is closely related to adult obesity and, in adulthood, obesity contributes to leading causes of death, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and some cancers.

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Percentage of Adults with a Healthy Weight

Obesity contributes to leading causes of death, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and some cancers.

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Percentage of U.S. Adults Who Smoke Cigarettes

Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of U.S. death, disease and disability. Each year, more than 440,000 people die and 8.6 million suffer from serious illnesses from smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke. In addition, tobacco use costs the U.S. $193 billion annually in direct medical expenses and lost productivity.

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Percentage of U.S. High School Students Who Smoke Cigarettes

Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of US death, disease, and disability. Every day, nearly 3,500 kids under the age of 18 try a cigarette for the first time and 850 of them become daily smokers.  Each year, more than 440,000 people die and 8.6 million suffer from serious illnesses from smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke. In addition, tobacco use costs the U.S. $193 billion annually in direct medical expenses and lost productivity.

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Expected Years in Good or Better Health and without Activity Limitations

This composite health measure presents the combined impacts of fatal and non-fatal health outcomes by estimating not only the average length of life, but also, the part of life expectancy that is expected to be “in good or better health as well as free of activity limitations."

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