MENTAL ILLNESS HOSPITALIZATION
1. Mental health across St. Louis is a matter of public health. Look here to find out mental health hospitalization rates in your zip code.
2. In the St. Louis region over 4 years over 70,000 people were hospitalized for mental illness related problems.
MENTAL ILLNESS DEATH
1. Deaths from mental illness claim hundreds of lives in St. Louis every year. There are groups in the St. Louis region that can help.
2. Mental health is a serious problem in the St. Louis region that claims too many lives every year.
1. Diabetes affects young and old, black and white. All across St. Louis residents spend time in hospitals for diabetes related issues, check this map to find out about diabetes in your zip code and region. 2. 14% of blacks in the city and the county live with diabetes. 8% of whites in the county and 11% in the city live with the chronic illness.
1. Diabetes kills people across St. Louis. Click on the map to find out the number of diabetes related deaths in your zip code.
2. Over 1,200 people died from diabetes during a four-year span. What are our public health institutions doing to help fight diabetes?
1. Asthma is a public health concern and condition that severely affects the quality of life for all who have it, most of all young children.
2. Asthma hospitalization rates across St. Louis, find out how many of your neighbors suffer from this public health issue.
1. Asthma doesn’t just make it hard to breath, it can make you stop breathing entirely too. Asthma deaths across St. Louis are a serious public health issue.
2. Asthma affects people from all parts of St. Louis city and county, not just one corner of the region.
1. What parts of the St. Louis region are experiencing the highest birth rates?
2. Where are future generations of St. Louisans being born in the region? Is it a place with high infant mortality? Lots of premature births? Areas with high rates of teen pregnancy?
1. In the U.S. black infants are twice as likely to die before they are 1 year old than white infants. In the St. Louis region they are three times as likely to die.
2. The U.S. infant mortality rate is 6.17/1,000, but in St. Louis it is 7.6/1,000. If you are black though, it is 15/1,000 in the city and 16/1,000 in the county.
INFANT LOW BIRTH WEIGHT
1. Birth weight is a strong indicator of the health of the baby and the mother. How does the St. Louis region support expectant mothers and newborns?
2. 8.1% of children across America have a low birth weight but in St. Louis it is 9.7%. What is the St. Louis region doing to help the health of these children?
INFANT PRE-TERM BIRTH
1. Pre-Term Birth is the birth of a child before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Brain, lungs and liver develop during the end of pregnancy. How many children are born too early in St. Louis?
2. Nationally, pre-term birth affects about 13% of all babies. In the St. Louis region it affects 18%. Why are we so far behind the national average? How can we stop more children from dying?
1. Teen pregnancy changes the opportunities available to young mothers and has dramatic effects on their health and the child’s health. Find out where teen pregnancy occurs most frequently in the St. Louis area.
2. Teen pregnancy rates are 3-4 times higher for black St. Louisans than for white St. Louisans. This affects both the mother and child’s health.
1. AIDS affects all of St. Louis and is a public health concern for all of St. Louis too.
2. St. Louisans in both the city and the county die from AIDS every year. Our map shows frequency of death from AIDS across the region.
HEART DISEASE DEATH
1. In a four-year span, heart disease killed over 13,000 St. Louisans. Click here to find out about those deaths in your zip code and to learn more.
2. Heart disease touches every corner of the St. Louis region. How is it affecting your zip code?