VENTURA COUNTY RESIDENTS IN GOOD HEALTH : DEATH RATE PER 100,000 FELL IN 3-YEAR PERIOD, STUDY SHOWS.Byline: Michael Coit Daily News Staff Writer
Ventura County residents are healthier and living longer.
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The county also had fewer births to teen-age mothers, and fewer babies suffered from late prenatal care prenatal care,
n the health care provided the mother and fetus before childbirth. compared with statewide averages, the recently released study showed.
``These are the areas where you try to make a difference in the health of your community,'' said Dr. Elizabeth Trebow, health statistics manager for Ventura County Public Health. ``The whole idea behind these health status indicators is prevention, and almost all of these things "These Things" is an EP by She Wants Revenge, released in 2005 by Perfect Kiss, a subsidiary of Geffen Records. Music Video
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2. can be prevented with education and nutrition and exercise.''
Trebow said the county's ranking in the state study has improved. She noted that the overall death rate per 100,000 residents dropped from 408 in the period from 1990-92 to 390 during the period from 1992-94.
Public health officials, however, said they must continually tailor prevention and treatment programs for problem areas. Two areas drawing increased attention are the Latino infant mortality rate infant mortality rate
The ratio of the number of deaths in the first year of life to the number of live births occurring in the same population during the same period of time. and the incidence of tuberculosis.
More than a half-dozen public health programs have been launched in recent years to improve prenatal prenatal /pre·na·tal/ (-na´tal) preceding birth.
Preceding birth. Also called antenatal.
preceding birth. programs for Latino mothers and help reduce the infant mortality rate within that ethnic group. While the county reported an overall infant mortality rate of 6.8 per 100,000 residents, the Latino infant mortality rate was 7.2 during the three-year period.
``Mortality increases with low birth weight and if we can get these women to get these services, a lot of them can have more successful pregnancies,'' said Cheryl Clement, director of the county's Comprehensive Perinatal perinatal /peri·na·tal/ (-na´t'l) relating to the period shortly before and after birth; from the twentieth to twenty-ninth week of gestation to one to four weeks after birth.
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Beginning in 1993, public health officials boosted efforts to identify residents with tuberculosis and expand treatment programs.
``We new they were out there, but we didn't have the staff and funding to find them,'' Trebow said.
Chart: HEALTH STATUS