Monday, February 22, 2010

DC's top preventable causes of death

Mayor Fenty and DOH Director Pierre Vigilance will release the District's first report on top preventable causes of death on February 23 at 10:45 am at Fort Davis Community Center (1400 41st St SE).

The city has, in the past, released the information in table or graph format.   DOH's report of 1997 and 1998 causes of death were:

  • Heart Disease
  • Cancer
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Pneumonia & Influenza
  • Homicide & Legal Intervention
  • Diabetes
  • Accidents & Adverse Effects
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Hypertension

A report for preventable causes of death in 1985 shows other causes, in order starting with the most common:

  • Smoking
  • Alcohol
  • Accidents
  • Infant Mortality
  • Drug Overdose
  • Homicide
  • AIDS
  • Suicide

It will be interesting to see what shakes out in the latest data the District will report out at the presser.   It will also be interesting to learn what the mayor and Dr. Vigilance have to say about why causes of death have changed over time and what must be done to reduce preventable death going forward.

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