Health Indicators In Florida Central Community
Community status in relation to leading health indicators
One of the key leading health indicators that are presented by residents of central Florida includes access to quality health services. In the last few years, the government has been working extra hard to make basic health care accessible to all young, old, the minority and majority whites. The quality of health care has greatly improved as more nurses and doctors are being posted to all public health facilities (Edelman and Mandle, 2006).The community in central Florida has also experienced tremendous improvement in nutritional status such that most people are now consuming balanced diets which are void of snacks. Awareness has been created by health care providers on the importance of including all the vital components of foods in the normal diets.
Particular interest has been deployed on the growth of vegetables in small kitchen gardens so that the community members who are unable to purchase fresh vegetables form groceries can grow them at home (Lurie and Kersey, 2004)The young people of the community are however reluctant to indulge in physical activities such that most of them are obese. Overweight people are common in the streets of Central Florida while only the seniors engage in physical exercises such as jogging and walking. Similarly, the teenagers are engaging in unacceptable behaviors such as tobacco smoking and irresponsible drinking. Substance abuse is also rampant especially among high school students who engage in the vice as a part time activity in school. These vices have led to deterioration of the general health of young people in the community because other than having detrimental effects on normal body functions, they pose severe health issues to the entire body this reducing their productivity (Edelman, 2006).
Morbidity and mortality rates in Central Florida community
The morbidity and mortality rates in central Florida community are high especially those related to tobacco addictions. This are preventable but despite the numerous campaigns by the department of health to create awareness on the terminal effects of tobacco addiction, very few young people in central Florida are wiling to give up the vice.Homicide, HIV Aids and suicide remain the key causes of death among the middle aged as the elderly are past that stage where mid-life crisis. The seniors are mostly affected by diseases associated with old age such as arthritis and terminal ailments due to physical injury. Similarly, mortality rates at childbirth are minimal as a result of improved health care which is readily available (Florida, 2010)
Mortality and morbidity of the entire United States
Central Florida is a metropolitan region as such that all races present in the entire Unite States are present here. This community is made up of all age groups and it is thus a complete world of its own. This indicates that the rate of mortality and morbidity in Florida is similar to that of the entire United States. However; mortality rate due to old age is higher in Central Florida than in the entire United States this is attributed to the fact that the federal states lacks a comprehensive scheme of providing health care to seniors citizens. A similar scheme by the government in other parts of the country ensures that there few deaths among the elderly (Florida, 2010).
Edelman, C.L. and Mandle, C.L. (2006), Health promotion throughout the lifespan. 6th ed: St. Louis, Mosby
Florida, (2010), Florida CHARTS; community health assessment resources tools. Retrieved on May 15, 2010 from: http://www.floridacharts.com
Lurie, N. and Kersey, M. (2004), Leading health indicators in Florida. Annual review of public health. Vol, 25 pp, 357-376.