Hospitalizations of any kind are costly events on many levels. Reducing the number of hospitalizations as a result of chronic disease will help bring down the costs of medical care in our state and country. This data is from the Hospitalization Discharge dataset.
Risk factors are the behaviors which can often lead to the manifestation of chronic disease later in life. This data is obtained by the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). As a sample survey, these are estimates of the characteristics for the entire population and estimates may not be available for all municipalities.
Eating the proper amount of fruits and vegetables is essential to maintaining proper health. See the map tool to investigate this issue further by mapping farmer’s markets, grocery store density, or restaurants and markets participating in healthy food programs. This data is obtained by the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).
The data in this table come from several sources. The proportion of housing unit types and commuting modes come from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. The density of grocery stores and restaurants were calculated from a MAPC analysis of InfoGroup’s business survey.
The U.S. Census Bureau defines a person as linguistically isolated if they live in a household in which no person over 14 speaks English at least “very well.” These people may have trouble obtaining access to health care or other resources.
The educational attainment of a community is important to plan for effective community outreach, health education, and clinical care.
Many of the statistics presented here are estimates, and they have a corresponding statistical margin of error. All statistics that are reported with Upper Confidence Interval (UCI) and Lower Confidence Interval (LCI) describe a 95% margin of error. Statistics from the American Community Survey are accompanied with a Margin of Error (MOE) describing a 90% level of statistical significance. Please contact us for assistance interpreting or comparing statistics.
60 Temple Place Boston, MA 02111 Main Tel: 617-451-2770 | FAX: 627-451-2770