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  Pennsylvania State Health Assessment 2013

Published March 2014

The purpose of the Pennsylvania State Health Assessment is to assess and report on the health status of the population.  It reports:   

  • Health status of the population
  • Factors that contribute to health issues'
  • Resources that can be mobilized to address population health improvement

The following sections are available for review and download:

Introduction - Table of contents, acknowledgements, lists of figures and tables

Key Findings - Summary of health information identified in the assessment

Context of Health - The state and its people (population demographics), health insurance and emergency preparedness

General Health Status - Self-assessed health; mortality, morbidity, life expectancy; and people with disabilities

Major Risk and Protective Factors - Tobacco use and exposure, obesity and overweight, physical activity, nutrition, alcohol and drugs, mental health, and oral health

Occupational Health - Occupational injuries, farm-related fatalities, pesticide exposure and lead exposure

Infectious Diseases - Sexually transmitted diseases, HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, hospital-related healthcare associated infections, West Nile virus, Lyme disease, rabies, legionellosis, salmonellosis, campylobacteriosis, enterohemorrhagic escherichia coli, and vaccine preventable diseases

Injury and Violence - Preventable injuries, unintentional injuries, violence and traumatic brain injury

Maternal and Child Health - Context for health, unintended pregnancy, contraception use, adolescent pregnancy and childbearing, preterm birth and low birth weight, infant mortality, breastfeeding, postpartum depression, childhood screening, children and youth special healthcare needs and children's emotional development

Environmental Health - Safe drinking water, environmental pesticide exposure, air quality, children's environmental health, and arsenic in groundwater

Healthcare Services - Primary care, patient-centered medical home, prenatal and preconception care, dental care, behavioral health care, hospitals, emergency medical services system, long term care, hospice care, and health information technology

Chronic Diseases - Coronary heart disease, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, cancer, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, organ and tissue donation and transplantation, arthritis, osteoporosis and Alzheimer's disease

Appendices - process of developing the assessment, technical notes, key data sources