Population study shows disparities in health screenings among counties

A population health study from IUPUI and the Regenstrief Institute has identified striking socioeconomic and racial disparities in health behavior and in the receipt of cancer screening in the 34 Indiana counties with cancer death rates higher than the state’s average. Overall, the state of Indiana ranks high. 11th nationally, in cancer deaths.

The research provides unique insight into health status, health care access and health information gaps - information essential for addressing cancer health disparities and improving outcomes - of residents of the 34 Indiana counties with cancer death rates higher than the state average. These counties are both urban, including the counties in which the cities of Indianapolis, Terre Haute and Gary are located, and rural, including the state’s smallest county with only slightly more than 6,000 residents, and are spread throughout the state.

The study surveyed 970 individuals who had at least one health care encounter in the Indiana University Health system within the past year and thus had an electronic health record.

The 34 Indiana counties with cancer death rates above the state average are Clark, Clinton, Decatur, Fayette, Fountain, Fulton, Grant, Henry, Huntington, Jackson, Jasper, Jay, Jennings, Lake, LaPorte, Marion, Morgan, Newton, Ohio, Orange, Owen, Perry, Putnam, Ripley, Rush, Scott, Starke, Sullivan, Switzerland, Vermillion, Vigo, Washington, Wayne and White.

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