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posted on February 10, 2010 08:36

Want to know how your region of the state fares in key public health indicators?

Then check out the Idaho Vital Statistics Health District Report. The report has data from 1999 to 2007 in two sections: One that provides demographic and outcome data for births and deaths, and one that provides a series of snapshots regarding specific public health issues.
The report breaks down the information by Idaho’s seven distinct and separate public health districts, which function as independent agencies and are a primary source for public health services.
Working closely with the Department of Health and Welfare and other state and local agencies, each district responds to local needs to provide services that may vary from district to district, ranging from community health nursing and home health nursing to environmental health, dental hygiene and nutrition.
The purpose of the Health District Report, which is produced by the Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, is to provide vital information by health district in a compact and usable manner.
By using both sections of this report, each district can easily compare their rates with those for the U.S., Idaho, and other districts, as well as their rates over time. For example, health district 5, in the Twin Falls area, had a significantly higher rate of motor vehicle accidents between 1999 and 2007. District 1 in North Idaho had significantly higher rates of women who smoked during pregnancy.
Health districts and local leaders can use this information to target interventions to improve the public health of Idahoans in their own communities.