A new report on the health of counties across the nation has ranked Los Angeles County among the California health jurisdictions with the lowest rates of premature death. The County’s result also fared better that those of the other three most populous counties in the nation.
The report, released by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, indicated that the rate of premature death in the county was less than the rate in 42 of California’s 58 counties (5,000 years of potential life lost (YPLLs) per 100,000 population). This was also below the rate in the three other most populous counties in the nation–Cook County, Illinois; Harris County, Texas; and Maricopa County, Arizona.
Other key areas of health indicators where Los Angeles County scored better in comparison to other county jurisdictions include the following:
However, the report also noted large racial and ethnic disparities in results for many of the indicators. For instance, the rate of premature death in Los Angeles County was more than two times higher among blacks (10,000 YPLLs per 100,000) than among whites and Latinos (5,100 and 4,600 YPLLs per 100,000 respectively).
Other areas of concern for the county include the following:
“While we have made great gains in improving the health of our residents over the past several decades, more efforts are clearly needed to address the underlying conditions in communities that continue to fuel an unacceptably high level of preventable illness among our residents,” said Dr. Ferrer. “We will continue to work to help make LA County a place where everyone – regardless of who they are, where they live, how much money they make, or the color of their skin – has what they need to lead a healthy, fulfilling, and productive life,” she added.
For more information on the rankings visit www.countyhealthrankings.org.