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2002 LOS ANGELES COUNTY HEALTH SURVEY
  Environmental Barriers to Health Care Among Persons with Disabilities - Los Angeles County, California, 2002-2003

Summary: This MMWR report looks at the importance of environment as either a barrier or facilitator in daily activities in persons with disabilities. Data from the 2002 Los Angeles County Health Survey was restricted to those with physical or sensory disabilities, and analyzed to assess the prevalence of five major environmental barriers related to disability: 1) restricted social activity, 2) not knowing where to get disability resource information, 3) needing home modifications but not having them, 4) difficulty accessing healthcare providers office due to location or layout, and 5) unfair treatment at healthcare providers office.

Period of data: 2002    Publication date: 12/2006   
  Access Gaps Among Uninsured Children in Los Angeles County: Baseline Findings from the 2002/2003 Los Angeles County Health Survey

Summary: Six of ten low-income, uninsured children in Los Angeles County had difficulty accessing needed medical care in 2002/2003. Based on the Los Angeles County Health Survey, it appears that L.A.'s Children's Health Initiative has the potential to improve access to health care services for these children if they enroll in public health programs. This analysis suggests that children enrolled in the Healthy Kids program would have fewer unmet health and dental needs and would be more likely to receive well- child and regular care.


Additional information: Urban Institute Collaboration
Period of data: 2002    Publication date: 10/2006   
  Variation in Access to Care for Low-Income Children with Public Coverage: Baseline Findings from the 2002/2003 Los Angeles County Health Survey

Summary: Since 2003, the Children's Health Initiative of Greater Los Angeles has sought to reduce uninsurance rates among children in Los Angeles County. Using the 2002/2003 Los Angeles County Health Survey to examine the variation in health care access and use among children with public coverage prior to the Initiative, it appears that certain subgroups are experiencing problems. The Children's Health Initiative of Greater Los Angeles will not have as great an impact on improving children's health unless these barriers are addressed.


Additional information: Urban Institute collaboration
Period of data: 2002    Publication date: 10/2006   
  How Far Can Healthy Kids Program Go in Closing Coverage Gaps for Children in Los Angeles County?

Summary: One in every ten children in Los Angeles County lacked health insurance coverage in 2002/2003. This brief uses Los Angeles County Health Survey data to assess how these children could be reached. Findings suggest that the Healthy Kids Program and L.A.'s Children's Health Initiative have the potential to substantially reduce uninsurance rates for L.A.'s children without eroding private coverage. A renewed push to enroll more children in public health programs could also reduce the uninsurance rate variations -especially with respect to citizenship status.


Additional information: Urban Institute collaboration
Period of data: 2002    Publication date: 10/2006   
  Adult Disability in Los Angeles County

Summary: This report focusses on people with disabilities and the special health concerns they face. The 2002-03 Los Angeles County Health Survey examines the prevalence and types of disability, in order to help guide efforts directed at reducing disparities and improving quality of life for persons with disabilities.

Period of data: 2002    Publication date: 09/2006   
  Many County Adults Are At Risk For Heart Disease And Stroke

Summary: Heart Disease and Stroke (together referred to as cardiovascular disease) are the first and third leading cause of death, respectively, both in Los Angeles County and the United States. This report estimates the number and percentage of adults in Los Angeles County with multiple (two or more) risk factors for cardiovascular disease, and examines variations in the percentage with multiple risk factors by race/ethnicity and other demographic factors.

Period of data: 2002    Publication date: 07/2005   
  Children With Special Health Care Needs

Summary: Children with special health care needs have or are at increased risk for chronic medical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional conditions that require a greater amount and complexity of services than are needed by most other children. This report focusses on this important vulnerable and underserved population in Los Angeles County by assessing the prevalence, disparities, access to health care. It also provides important public health recommendations and resource information.

Period of data: 2002    Publication date: 06/2005   
  Parenting Practices That Shape The Lives Of Young Children

Summary: Parenting practices and daily routines are important influences on a child's social, physical and cognitive development. This report focusses on parents and guardians of children 0- 5 years old and their parenting practices, namely daily reading to children, regular times for child's sleeping and eating, eating meals together as a family, eating daily breakfast, and number of hours child spends watching television.

Period of data: 2002    Publication date: 05/2005   
  Childhood Asthma

Summary: Asthma is a leading cause of chronic illness among children and adolescents in the United States. In Los Angeles County, childhood asthma accounted for nearly 5,000 hospitalizations in 2002. This report uses the 2002-2003 Los Angeles County Health Survey to assess childhood asthma prevalence and highlights findings that suggest that many children with asthma in the county have poorly-controlled symptoms that limit their physical activity and frequently require emergency room and other urgent care services.

Period of data: 2002    Publication date: 10/2004   
  Diabetes

Summary: The rising prevalence of diabetes is a serious public health issue in the United States and in Los Angeles County. This report assesses the tends in diabetes prevalence in Los Angeles County from 1997-2002. It highlights the diabetes burden, prevalence by weight status, and preventable health behaviors. It also provides public health recommendations and resource information.

Period of data: 2002    Publication date: 10/2004   
  Underage Drinking

Summary: Alcohol is the most frequently used drug by teenagers in the United States, and underage alcohol use is a significant national concern. This report uses the 2002-2003 Los Angeles County Health Survey to asses the prevalence of drinking among high school students 14-17 years old, as well as in young adults 18-20 years old.

Period of data: 2002    Publication date: 04/2004   
  Food Insecurity

Summary: Food Insecurity, defined as the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods, has been identified as an important public health concern in the United States. This report highlights the results from the 2002-2003 Los Angeles County Health Survey as it assess food insecurity among adults in lower income households (<300% Federal Poverty Level).

Period of data: 2002    Publication date: 03/2004   
  Key Indicators Of Health by Service Planning Area 2002/2003

Summary: Summary report of over 60 key health indicators for eight Service Planning Areas, Los Angeles County, and Healthy People 2010 objectives.


Additional information: Report covers the period: 2002/2003.
Period of data: 2002    Publication date: 03/2004   
  Breastfeeding Practices

Summary: Extensive research has shown the positive impact of breastfeeding on the health and development of infants and children. This report assess breastfeeding practices and duration among Los Angeles County mothers. It highlights the significance of breastfeeding and looks at reasons for stopping breastfeeding before six months.

Period of data: 2002    Publication date: 03/2004   
  Children's Health Insurance

Summary: Recent data on health insurance coverage shows important gains for many Los Angeles County children over the past six years. This report highlights findings from the 2002-2003 Los Angeles County Health Survey on children's health insurance coverage and access to needed medical care. The report shows disparities in coverage by race/ethnicity, household income level, and county service planning areas.

Period of data: 2002    Publication date: 02/2004   
  Adult Smoking

Summary: This report assess adult cigarette smoking prevalence from 1997-2002. It shows a significant decrease in overall smoking from 18.2% in 1997 to 15.6% in 2002. It also highlights disparities in smoking across gender and racial/ethnic groups, as well as the steps Los Angeles County adults are taking to try to cut down or quit smoking.

Period of data: 1997-2002    Publication date: 12/2003   
  Influenza Vaccination

Summary: Much of influenza-related illness is preventable with flu vaccination each fall season. This report examines influenza vaccination prevalence in Los Angeles County elderly adults (65+ years) using the 2002-2003 Los Angeles County Health Survey. It examines disparities in vaccination coverage by gender, race/ethnicity, income and county service planning areas. It also provides information on what can be done to prepare for the upcoming cold and flu season, and available resources.

Publication date: 10/2003   
  Antibiotics Misuse

Summary: Antibiotics are becoming less effective, and in some cases ineffective, against bacterial infections (referred to "antibiotic resistance"). In this report, the 2002-03 Los Angeles County Health Survey provides important new data about the public's knowledge and practices concerning antibiotics. It also emphasizes the fact that antibiotics misuse leads to antibiotic resistance disease.

Publication date: 09/2003   
  Obesity on the Rise

Summary: Results of the latest 2002 Los Angeles County Health Survey indicate that over half (55%) of the county's adult population are either overweight or obese. This report examines obesity trends from 1997-2002 and highlights socio-economic disparities and selected health conditions by weight status.

Publication date: 07/2003   

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