Goal: Increase access to local services that screen for and help control chronic conditions.
What’s the Problem?
The successful management of prevalent chronic diseases (e.g., asthma, high blood pressure and diabetes) relies on early screening, education and access to the appropriate care to prevent increased sickness or death. Between 2011-2015, asthma was the leading cause of hospitalizations in Douglas County children ages 1-9 years old and the ninth leading cause of Emergency Department (ED) visits across all ages. Heart disease and stroke are the third and fifth leading cause of death in Douglas County respectively. High blood pressure and high cholesterol are the two main contributors to these conditions. Between 2011-2015, diabetes was the sixth leading cause of death and the tenth leading cause of hospitalizations.
Social and Community Context
Health and Health Care
Neighborhood and Built Environment
What Are We Doing About It?
Here is how we can work together to increase chronic disease management in our community:
- Increase chronic disease screenings, education and care management among populations at greatest risk.
- Check out CDC’s 6/18 Initiative, a national campaign that supports chronic disease management.
- Reduce the number of people who are unable to obtain or delay in obtaining necessary prescription medicines for the management of chronic diseases.
- Check out Cobb and Douglas County’s Safety Net Programs for a listing of local community clinics.
Click here for the current community metrics.
Click here for the Chronic Disease Management Action Plan.
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