Department of Public Health
Health Assessment Reports

  How a Belonging Community Nurtures Families and Children

Summary: A belonging community is one where people feel positive about and attached to their residential area, but also can act on those feelings by engaging in neighborly behaviors. This collaborative report examines the social and physical environment of adults and children in Los Angeles County using a community belonging index score.

Additional information: University of Southern California Metamorphosis Project Collaboration using Los Angeles County Health Survey data.
Period of data: 2005    Publication date: 01/2008   
  Knowledge and Perceptions of HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles County

Summary: This report assesses the knowledge and perceptions of selected HIV/AIDS issues among adults in Los Angeles County. It covers topics such as perceived seriousness of HIV/AIDS, infections among women, prevention of perinatal transmission of disease, and resources for routine HIV/AIDS testing and medical care.

Period of data: 2005    Publication date: 12/2007   
  The Silent Killer: Hypertension in Los Angeles County Adults

Summary: Hypertension (or high blood pressure) is often called "the silent killer" because many people have the disease but do not develop symptoms until complications occur. This report assesses hypertension prevalence in the County from 1997 to 2005. It examines modifiable risk factors for the disease, medication use in the control of the disease, and provides recommendations for action for individuals and communities.

Period of data: 1997-2005    Publication date: 11/2007   
  Food Insecurity Increasing in Los Angeles County

Summary: Despite an abundant food supply in the United States, many households experience food insecurity, a socio-economic condition of limited or uncertain access to nutritionally adequate and safe foods. This report assess food insecurity in Los Angeles County and describes the results from the 2002-03 and 2005 Los Angeles County Health Survey.

Period of data: 2005    Publication date: 09/2007   
  Methamphetamine Use In Los Angeles County Adults

Summary: Methamphetamine ("meth") is a highly toxic and addictive illicit drug being used by growing numbers of adolescents and adults in the United States, with potentially devastating effects on individuals, families , and communities. In light of meth use emerging as the leading cause of substance abuse hospital admissions in Los Angeles County in the second half of 2005, this report aims to assess the estimates of meth use and the public health implications for our communities.

Period of data: 2005    Publication date: 12/2006   
  Smoking Cessation Efforts Among Adult Smokers

Summary: Tobacco use remains the number one preventable cause of disease, disability and premature death in the United States. This report highlights current smoking levels among adults in the Los Angeles County and among smokers, assesses "quit attempts" defined as persons who stopped smoking for at least one day because he/she was trying to quit smoking. It also looks at when smokers want to quit, how smokers try to quit, and provides information on benefits of quitting smoking.

Period of data: 2005    Publication date: 11/2006   
  Cigarette Smoking Among Los Angeles County Adults

Summary: Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, accounting for an estimated 435,000 deaths each year. In Los Angeles, nearly 9,000 lives and $4.3 billion dollars are lost due to smoking and smoking-related diseases each year. This report looks at trends in cigarette smoking among adults in Los Angeles County from 1997 to 2005 and provides policy recommendations for action.

Period of data: 1997-2005    Publication date: 11/2006   
  The Obesity Epidemic in Los Angeles County Adults

Summary: This report highlights the latest obesity prevalence trends from 1997 to 2005. It highlights socio-economic disparities as well as examines chronic conditions by weight status. The report also provides recommendations for action that individuals, businesses and the community can use to help curb the epidemic.

Period of data: 1997-2005    Publication date: 09/2006   
  Arthritis - The Leading Cause of Disability

Summary: Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States, affecting 43 million adults. This report examines the burden of Arthritis in Los Angeles County by highlighting the prevalence of adults with diagnosed arthritis and the observed disparities and effects in health related quality of life measures.

Period of data: 2005    Publication date: 05/2006   
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