Department of Public Health
Health Assessment Reports

  Disability Among Adults in Los Angeles County

Summary: More than one in five (22.6%) adults in LA County reported having a disability in 2015. The prevalence of disability increased with age, from 10.3% among those 18-24 years of age to 41.9% among those 65 and older. African Americans had the highest prevalence of disability (33.5%), followed by Whites (29.9%), American Indians/Alaska Natives (27.0%), Latinos (18.1%), and Asians (14.3%).Disability prevalence was inversely related to income. The prevalence of disability remained steady from 2002-2011 at approximately 20%, before slightly increasing in 2015.

Period of data: 2002-2015    Publication date: 11/2019   
  Recent Trends in Adult Use of Marijuana

Summary: The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) announces an increase in marijuana usage among adults in a new report titled Recent Trends in Adult Use of Marijuana. The report’s analysis of data from the Los Angeles County Health Survey (LACHS) shows that the percentage of adults ages 18 and over who reported using marijuana in the past year increased by 33% (from 9% to 12%) from 2011 to 2015. Marijuana use increased by almost 50% among adults aged 21-29. In 2015, use was highest among 18-20 year olds (27%) and 21-29 year olds (22%). Men were twice as likely to use marijuana as women (16% vs. 8%). Additionally, the use of marijuana with a medical marijuana ID card or a doctor’s recommendation increased by over 50% (from 21% to 33%) from 2011 to 2015.

Period of data: 2002-2015    Publication date: 07/2018   
  Food Insecurity in Los Angeles County

Summary: In 2015, food insecurity affected 29.2% of Los Angeles County households with incomes less than 300% FPL, or 561,000 households; very low food security impacted 11.3% of households, or 217,000 households. 11.3% (217,000) households living below 300% FPL experience very low food supply, disrupted eating patterns, and reduced food intake. Latinos are impacted the most, 67.4% followed by 14.7% of whites, 10.6% of African Americans, and 6.6% of Asians, respectively. In addition, studies show that diets high in processed foods may contribute to the development of chronic diseases. Families and individuals in food insecure households may have poor diets because of limited healthy and affordable options resulting in consumption of less expensive fast food that is low in nutritional value, high in calories, and higher in sodium, saturated fats, and sugars.

Period of data: 2002-2015    Publication date: 09/2017   
  Recent Trends in Health Insurance Coverage

Summary: This latest installment of the LA Health Brief Series assesses recent trends in health insurance coverage for adults 18 to 64 years of age and children 17 years and under in Los Angeles County during the period 2002-2015.

Period of data: 2002-2015    Publication date: 04/2017   
  Health Indicators for Women in Los Angeles County: Highlighting Disparities by Ethnicity and Poverty Level

Summary: The Women's Health Data Report offers a current and comprehensive snapshot of the social and economic factors that affect the health of LA County women and where disparities in health persist.

Publication date: 01/2017   
  Key Indicators of Health by Service Planning Area (2015 Los Angeles County Health Survey Data)

Summary: Key Indicators are standardized measures through which we can assess health and well-being. In this report, we describe indicators for each of Los Angeles County's eight Service Planning Areas (SPAs) and the County overall. It also compares health measures of Los Angeles County residents with those of the United States population, and with Healthy People 2020 target goals.

Publication date: 01/2017   
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