Top 10 Health Priorities for East Baton Rouge Parish
The Mayor’s Healthy City Initiative (Healthy BR) is working on a community health needs assessment for East Baton Rouge Parish. As part of this process we have identified the top 10 health priorities for our Parish. In order to make this a true community assessment, we need YOUR input on what YOU think are the most importation health priorities.
We appreciate your input, and look forward to sharing what we find out in early 2018!
Access to Care: Barriers people have to going to the doctor, finding a doctor, keeping a doctor appointment. The shortage of certain specialty doctors.
Cancer: Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. Louisiana is 3rd in the nation for people with cancer and 4th in death as a result of cancer.
Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke: Heart Disease is the number 1 cause of death in Louisiana. Stroke is the 4th leading cause of death in Louisiana.
Diabetes: There are 400,984 people in Louisiana who have been diagnosed with diabetes, that is 4 times larger than LSU Tiger Stadium. 12% of people in East Baton Rouge Parish have been diagnosed with diabetes.
Healthy Baby: East Baton Rouge Parish’s Infant mortality rate is 23% higher than the State’s average and 68% higher than the national average. East Baton Rouge Parish’s low birth weight births percentage is 10% higher than the State’s percentage and 46% higher than the national percentage.
Healthy Living: Healthy Living promotes Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Not Smoking. Healthy Living will promote these three areas to help prevent disease and help people live longer.
Injury Prevention: Injury Prevention is trying to prevent all injuries that lead to death that could be avoided. These include but are not limited to: motor vehicle accidents, homicides, unintentional falls, infant mortality from co-sleeping, vehicle accidents involving people walking or biking, or any premature death.
Mental Health: Mental health in East Baton Rouge Parish has been universally identified as a priority area by the Mayor, District Attorney, Chief of Police, Sheriff, Coroner and EMS. According to 2015 Study by the Perryman Group, 56% of state prisoners and 64% of local jail inmates showed a history of mental illness in 2006,
Sexually Transmitted Infection/ HIV: Baton Rouge ranks #2 in HIV and #2 in AIDS. We rank #1 in Syphilis in the nation.
Substance Abuse: : In 2012 there were 5 of the 28 deaths related to drugs were from Heroin. In 2016 34 of the 89 deaths related to drugs were from Heroin. That is a 217% increase in death by drugs, and 680% increase of death by Heroin in 4 years.