Health of Virginians

In this learning activity, you will review secondary data sources for details about the health of Virginians. Target 1 Virginia county or community of interest in the following data sources; briefly scan the health assessment information to get a more detailed picture about the health status of Virginians in that specific locale or region. Then, look more closely at the health data concerning 1 of the 5 health ranking determinants you wrote about in Learning Activity 1.
Person: Describe the population expressing the determinant
How many (percentage of population or rate) are described by this determinant?
How is the determinant expressed in the population (age, gender, education, socioeconomic status, or other characteristics)?
Compare segments of the population (who has the most/least, at greatest/least risk)?
Place: Describe the location with regard to the determinant
Is the determinant seen more in urban or rural regions?
What other characteristics define the prevalence of the determinant in the region (housing, geography, topography, etc.)?
Compare other locations with the one you selected (how does prevalence compare in neighboring counties, the state, or the nation)?
Period: Describe the time trends of the determinant
Over the past few years, has the prevalence rate decreased or increased or stayed about the same? (i.e., is it getting better or worse?)
Compare the time trends of the state and the nation with those of your location. Are they better, worse, or similar?

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