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Public Health - Seattle & King County

Data Watch: Key health indicators in King County

2013 Data Watch reports

Gun Violence in King County
More than 31,000 people in the U.S. are killed by gun violence each year. In King County, the death toll from guns is more than 125 people a year. More people in King County die from gun violence than motor vehicle crashes.

2012 Data Watch reports

Youth Consumption of Sugary Drinks in King County
The consumption of sugary drinks has been linked to risks for obesity, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and hypertension. Because one in five youth in King County is overweight or obese, reducing the amount of sugary drinks young people consume is a key strategy for improving health.

MAY 2012
Tobacco Use in King County
King County has the most extreme smoking inequities of the 15 largest metropolitan counties in the U.S., despite having an overall smoking rate that is among the lowest in the country.

MARCH 2012
Youth Obesity in King County
Obesity is a national problem that has significant costs to the health care system and society as a whole. The direct medical cost of obesity in adults is about $500 million in King County annually. In King County, whether our children are likely to be overweight or obese differs by gender, race/ethnicity, and where children live.

2000 - 2008 Data Watch reports

Health of Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders in King County
Documents the health of Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders living in King County for the first time, pointing out higher rates of poverty, smoking, and poor birth outcomes among this population when compared with the general population.

APRIL 2007
Diabetes in King County
The number of people in King County with diabetes doubled in the past decade. Such a rapid increase in the occurrence of a chronic illness is very rare. Diabetes now affects 84,000 adults in King County or 5.8% of the adult population.

JUNE 2006
Health of King County Report
The Health of King County 2006 report examines the current health status of King County residents and recent trends, mostly spanning the last 10 years of available data.

Asthma in King County
The impact of asthma has increased markedly over the past two decades, making it a leading public health issue. It is the most common chronic childhood illness and accounts for large numbers of missed school and work days for children and their caregivers.

The Uninsured in King County, 1995-2004
This report describes the lack of health insurance in King County for the last 10 years of available data (1995-2004). The increasing burden falls on the entire safety net, with community health centers, public health centers and hospitals trying to cope with the health care costs of clients who are uninsured or underinsured.

Racial Disparities in Infant Mortality: An Update King County, 1980-2002
Over the last 20 years, infant mortality rates (IMRs) in Seattle and King County have declined, reflecting trends in Washington state and nationwide. These improvements are largely due to technological advances in medical care, policies and programs to expand health services and insurance coverage, and successful health education campaigns.

JUNE 2003
Adolescent Pregnancy, Birth and Abortion, King County, 1980-2001
This report presents trends in the rates of pregnancy, birth and abortion to females, 15-17 years of age (teens) within King County from 1980 through 2001.

Bullying and Biased-Based Harassment in King County Schools
Bullying in schools has gained considerable media attention with reports of high profile shootings in schools by students who subsequently report having been humiliated on a regular basis by their peers. While these extreme occurrences are rare, the association of these events with bullying has prompted researchers to question how common bullying is and how it effects targeted children and adolescents.

MARCH 2002
Overweight and Obesity in King County
The percentage of King County residents who are overweight or obese has risen rapidly over the last 15 years. By 2001, one in every two King County adults were either overweight or obese.

Firearm Injuries and Deaths, King County and Seattle
As a result of the declines in motor vehicle related deaths, firearms have now emerged as the leading cause of injury death in major segments of King County's population.

Racial Disparities in Infant Mortality
The tremendous improvement in infant mortality County-wide masks persistent disparities among King County's racial and ethnic groups: African Americans and Native Americans in the County continue to experience infant death rates that are 2.7 times higher than other groups, a gap that appears to have widened in recent years.

The Uninsured in King County (1991-1998)
In King County, disparities in insurance coverage exist by income, race and age. Lower-income adults (in households earning less than $25,000/year) are 10 times more likely to lack coverage than those with higher incomes ($50,000 or more per year), with trend data indicating that disparities in insurance coverage have increased since 1991.

1996 - 1999 Data Watch reports

Diabetes in King County
Diabetes is a chronic disease in which insulin deficiency and/or resistance to insulin action leads to a high level of sugar in the blood. The prevalence of diabetes has been increasing, especially in minority populations.

Healthy Youth in King County, Highlights
Communities everywhere are looking for ways to ensure that children approach adolescence as healthy individuals and stay healthy into and throughout adulthood. Healthy Youth in King County, provides a wide range of information on the health of youth and young adults living in King County.

Unintended Pregnancy and Birth, King County, 1993-1996
An unintended pregnancy is a pregnancy that, from the perspective of the woman, is either unwanted or mistimed (occurring earlier than desired) at the time of conception.

Childhood Asthma Hospitalizations, King County, 1987-1996
Over the previous 10 years, childhood hospitalizations for asthma have been increasing in King County, even as the rate of all other childhood hospitalizations have decreased.

The Health of King County, Highlights
These highlights are a summary of The Health of King County, a comprehensive report that examines the health status of King County residents in 1996. This report summarizes trends in major indicators of health. It also documents variation in these indicators by age, gender, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and area of residence within the county.

APRIL 1996
Changing Direction: An Update on Teenage Pregnancy and Birth in King County
Births to adolescents continue as an issue of public concerns because of their detrimental effects to mothers and their children. These adverse outcomes include poverty, unemployment, and poor educational opportunities.