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In this exercise, we will be discussing how health patterns are reflected at the neighborhood level and can be affected by neighborhood social factors such as rates of education, access to healthy food, air and water quality, etc. We will be using data compiled by the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program for the exercise. Follow the steps below to navigate the site and complete the exercise.
- Click on the link above, then scroll down until you see the option to “Compare Counties” as shown below. Choose your first state and county (you can choose Albany, NY or any other county you’re interested in), then click Go.
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- Next, you will choose your second state and county to compare with the first. You can use the bar on the left to pick a specific state and county that you have in mind, or use the bar on the right to choose a “peer county” from a list of suggestions.
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- Once you’ve chosen the second county, the page should immediately show the health-related comparisons of the two counties side by side. Take some time to look through the comparisons. You can also click on each measure listed on the left to check out the description for the measure. (If you want to return to the page listing the health-related comparisons side by side, just click on the “Compare Counties” tab at the top of the interface.)
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- How do the counties you’ve chosen compare in terms of the health outcomes of their residents? Choose at least two health measures to write about. (For this part, you’ll want to choose from the measures listed under Length of Life and Quality of Life)
- What might be some of the causes for the disparities or similarities in health between these two counties? Choose at least one measure to write about. (For this part, you’ll want to choose from the measures listed under Health Behaviors, Clinical Care, Social & Economic Factors, and Physical Environment.)
Side note: Unfortunately, this database doesn’t provide information on racial and ethnic demographics, but we’ve learned from the textbook that racism is a very important cause of health disparities. Racial disparities are often connected to socioeconomic disparities, but they are not the same, which is why it would have been nice to have those data here as well.