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Old 04-06-2013, 04:49 AM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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David Kindig and Erika Cheng just released a report in Health Affairs which looked at the mortality rates for 3140 counties in the United States. The focus of the report was women and children. Most counties here in Eastern Carolina showed worsening mortality rates for those two groups. It can probably be assumed that men would show the same trend. Even among those few counties that weren't worsening, there were only marginal improvements in the mortality rates. The "healthier" groups seem to be in a line including Nash, Edgecombe, Wilson, Pitt, Beaufort, Craven and Carteret. It's difficult to tell from the map whether Carteret is actually included in the group but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt. There may also be a county or two that are marginally improving in the far northeast corner.

This "line" of improving counties doesn't surprise me due to the fact that better medical facilities are available to these folks living in those counties. What does surprise me is that Jacksonville and Wilmington are not seeing improvements. There is a much bigger map available at the link.

Women’s health and children’s health | The Incidental Economist

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Old 04-06-2013, 09:19 AM
 
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Nope, Carteret is definitely in the red if you blow the map up. Interesting how this looks like an election map. Not really surprised about Wilmingotn and Jacksonville. If the medical was so great why when the military needs to send someone to see a specialist they usually send them to Greenville, if not Chapel Hill or Duke. And honestly, if you take away the military and retirees from that area, and it doesn't look very much different than the rest of NC. Not tlaking about removing them, just look at the area minus those populations. For an idea of what that looks like check out Pender County between the two.

Though without seeing numbers the perception can be skewed. Did the improving counties have a long way to improve from so an improvement was easier to register? How much did the worsening counties worsen. If they already had a low mortality rate and worsened by a single percent, or better yet, a single person, now they are red.
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