NCIOM Introduces Interactive Health Data Map
The North Carolina Institute of Medicine (NCIOM) has released an interactive county health map, with comprehensive county health profiles for each of the state’s 100 counties.
The county profiles aggregate state, regional and county-level data on more than 50 topics, including demographic information, measures of access to care and community well-being. The data will be updated regularly and the county health profiles can assist state and local policymakers in creating effective policies to improve the health residents. NCIOM President Dr. Adam Zolotor said, “Understanding determinants and indicators of health in the communities where we live and work are critical steps to developing strategies to improve health. This tool can help legislators and county commissioners better understand the health issues…and play a powerful role in developing strategies to improve health.”
According to the data for Wake County, which is home to 1,046,791 people, 24.5% of adults in Wake County are obese, 13.5% are food insecure, 18.9% have low access to a grocery store, and 14% are currently smokers with 26.7% of high school students in the Central region of the state using a tobacco product. The opiate poisoning death rate is 5.8 per 100,000 and the rate of retail opioid prescriptions dispensed per 100 persons is 54.5%. The rate of substance abuse and mental health-related visits to emergency departments per 100,000 population is 1158.8 in the county. Additional Wake County data is online.