Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Health disparities county by county

And then changes in life expectancy county by county (from the Washington Post) 


  1. Something interesting I found in the 2014 map was the high life expectancy hotspots, because they were quite varying. The large cities showed fairly high numbers but there were also many high year areas in the less densely populated central US.
    In terms of the percent change map, it's good to see on average our numbers going up, but it seems tarnished by the fact that whatever is helping people stay alive longer isn't reaching all parts of the country.

  2. I find it most disturbing the areas in which life expectancy has gone down. Particularly the fairly large section of counties in Virginia.

  3. I agree with Zoe. Although the counties with the lowest life expectancies are better off than they once were, even more are worse off. This seems counterintuitive, given the numerous medical advancements since 1980.

  4. Adding to this desparity, http://kff.org/other/state-indicator/primary-care-health-professional-shortage-areas-hpsas/?activeTab=map&currentTimeframe=0&selectedDistributions=total-primary-care-hpsa-designations&sortModel=%7B%22colId%22:%22Location%22,%22sort%22:%22asc%22%7D

    This is a map that shows how many areas are designated as having a shortage in primary care health professional by state. (Michigan being on of the highest)