One of the fundamental principles of public health is that all people have a right to health. Differences in health status – often called health inequities – are differences that are avoidable and oftentimes unfair. These inequities are, in large part, driven by determinants such as social, economic and environmental conditions, health behaviors, disease, injury and ultimately, mortality.
Hamilton County Public Health has taken a “deep dive” into the health factors in our County and has published its first County-wide health equity report. This report shows that where you live can have a significant impact on your health. All of the above factors and more can be associated with your ZIP code. This report is based on geography so that you may quickly identify your community and then see how it shapes up in comparison to other communities in the County.
The report includes the following indicators and/or topics of relevance to health equity in Hamilton County:
- Population characteristics
- Population density
- Poverty rates
- Educational attainment
- 4-Year graduation rates
- Unemployment rates
- Uninsured status
We are providing you the tools to make significant, lasting policy changes that will have a positive effect on your community for generations to come. Please read this report and then begin a conversation with community leaders about what you can do to improve the health of your community.