Individual and community health is important for a thriving society. Socioeconomic status, access to preventive health care, environmental factors, lifestyle choices, genetics, educational attainment, and other indicators contribute to outcomes.
Evidence suggests that having a regular source of care produces better health outcomes, reduced disparities, and reduced costs. For instance, immunizations are among the most successful and cost-effective preventive health care interventions, helping children avoid contracting numerous serious and potentially fatal infectious diseases.
The infant mortality rate measures deaths of babies before their first birthday. Infant mortality is associated with factors, such as maternal health, quality of and access to medical care, and public health practices.
Data for this indicator was obtained from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, 1-year estimates. Data was summed across the three counties to obtain the NSJV total insured residents. The number of insured residents was then divided by the total residents to obtain the percent insured.
Data for this indicator was obtained from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Wonder Database, and the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) 1-year estimates. Within the Wonder Database, mortality was queried from the detailed mortality table for deaths occurring to people less than 1 year old. Deaths were then divided by the population obtained from the ACS.