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Recent Birth Trends in Los Angeles County

Summary: This health brief describes the changing trends in births in the county, identifies factors that may be contributing to these changes, and discusses some potential public health impacts.

Period of data: 1990, 2000, 2007-2012
   
 
Concussions: How Sports-Related Injuries are Impacting Our Youth in Los Angeles County

Summary: This report presents data on county residents who were treated for a concussion either as a patient in the hospital or in an emergency department. For teens and adults, who have the highest risk of concussion injury, it examines additional details about these injuries, including the type of activity involved. Also provides information and recommendations useful for targeting prevention efforts and reducing the impact of concussion injuries, particularly among youth and young adults.

Period of data: 2005-2011
   
 
Getting Prepared with Census 2010 Data: A Reference Guide for Public Health Analysts

Summary: This reader-friendly reference aims to guide and assist public health analysts in using Census Bureau data for their reports and analyses.

Period of data: 2000, 2010
   
 
How Social and Economic Factors Affect Health

Summary: This report focuses on the social environment and is the first of the Social Determinants of Health series. It includes two eye- opening scenarios to illustrate how social determinants of health can greatly affect the lives of individuals. It presents key social and economic indicators for cities and communities in the county and provides rankings to compare areas within the county. Lastly, a series of recommendations introduce ways to move forward in realizing the Department of Public Health's vision: Healthy people in healthy communities.

Period of data: 2005-2009
   
 
Reducing Alcohol-Related Harms in Los Angeles County

Summary: This report examines the relationship between the density of alcohol outlets and alcohol- related harms in cities and communities across the county. It ranks cities and communities based on these harms (violent crimes, alcohol-involved motor vehicle crashes, and alcohol-related deaths) to compare areas within the county. Results show that increased rates of alcohol- related harms were all associated with having high density of alcohol outlets in that city or community. Provides information to help support and strengthen efforts to prevent alcohol-related diseases and injuries throughout the county.

Period of data: 2000-2008
   
 
Disparities in Deaths from Chronic Liver Disease and Cirrhosis

Summary: This report presents trends in mortality due to chronic liver disease and cirrhosis for major demographic groups and geographic areas in the county. It provides information to help strengthen efforts to prevent future deaths and reduce the burden of liver disease in communities.

Period of data: 2000-2008
   
 
Childhood Obesity: Tipping the Balance Toward Healthy, Active Children

Summary: This LA Health brief presents trends on childhood obesity prevalence for major demographic groups and geographic areas in the county. It tackles two important questions - what is being done to address the obesity epidemic and why are rates still so high? Lastly, it provides recommendations for actions that individuals, families, schools, cities, communities, and businesses can implement.

Period of data: 1999, 2001-2007
   
 
Life Expectancy in Los Angeles County: How long do we live and why?

Summary: This report presents life expectancy estimates for residents in cities and communities throughout the county and provides rankings to compare areas within the county. It shows that life expectancy is related to the social and economic conditions within communities. It also provides information to help cities and communities in identifying and pursuing opportunities to improve the health of their residents.

Period of data: 2006
   
 
Preventing childhood obesity: the need to create healthy places.

Summary: This report presents rates of childhood obesity in cities and communities throughout the county and provides rankings to compare areas within the county. It shows that rates of obesity are related to social and economic conditions within communities as well as availabilities of neighborhood parks. Provides recommendations on immediate actions cities and communities can take to reduce childhood obesity rates in their neighborhoods.

Period of data: 2005
   
 
Premature Deaths from Heart Disease and Stroke in Los Angeles County

Summary: This report presents the rates of premature death from cardiovascular disease in cities and large communities throughout the county. It ranks cities and communities based on these rates to compare areas within the county. Also provides recommended actions that communities and cities can take to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease in their populations, as well as actions individuals and families can take to reduce their risks.

Period of data: 2000-2002
   
 
The Burden Of Disease in Los Angeles County: A Study of the Patterns of Morbidity and Mortality in the County Population

Summary: This report employs a new method, Global Disease Burden, to assess the total burden of disease and injury among county residents through the measure of Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALYs).

Period of data: 1997