United Way of Southwest Virginia fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in our community. The measures below track some of the major health indicators in Southwest Virginia.
Why is this important? Obesity increases the risk for numerous health conditions including coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, hypertension, dyslipidemia, stoke, liver and gallbladder disease, respiratory problems and osteoarthritis.
These conditions can cause chronic absenteeism for employees. This dashboard shows the adult obesity percentages for each county and city in our service area as well as the state of Virginia as a whole. Use the check-boxes on the right to filter your search.
Children in Poverty
Why is this important? Growing up in poverty is one of the greatest threats to healthy child development. It increases the likelihood that a child will be exposed to factors that can impair brain development and lead to poor cognitive, health and academic outcomes. It also can lead to higher rates of risky health-related behaviors among adolescents.
This dashboard shows the percentage of children in poverty for each county and city in our service area as well as the State of Virginia as a whole. Use the check-boxes on the right to filter your search.
Teen Birth Rate
Why is this important? Teen pregnancy is a critical public health issue that affects the health, educational, social, and economic future of the mother and child. Teen pregnancy is also a significant factor in numerous other important social issues: Welfare dependency, out-of-wedlock births, responsible fatherhood, and workforce development are all of particular concern.
This dashboard shows the number of births per 1,000 female population ages 15-19 for each county and city in our service area as well as the state of Virginia as a whole. Use the check-boxes on the right to filter your search.
Additional Health Data Sources
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey allows state and local health departments and national health organizations such as the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association to plan and target their health initiatives. BRFSS may be used to identify emerging health problems; establish and track health objectives; develop, implement, and evaluate a broad array of disease prevention activities; and support health-related legislative efforts.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation County Health Rankings
The annual Robert Wood Johnson Foundation County Health Rankings provide a revealing snapshot of how health is influenced by where we live, learn, work and play. They provide a starting point for change in communities.
Virginia Early Childhood Foundation
Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) tracks and reports statewide and local progress on key school readiness indicators on a biennial basis through the release of Virginia’s School Readiness Report Card and through the School Readiness Interactive Map Tool.
Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth
The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth (VFHY) tracks youth tobacco use, substance use and childhood obesity data about Virginia youth.