Health & Safety
Health and Safety
Scores are an average of this topic’s indicator scores within each county.
St. Louis City
St. Louis County
St. Charles County
St. Clair County
|Indicator||St. Louis City Equity Score||St. Louis County Equity Score||St. Charles County Equity Score||St. Clair County Equity Score|
|Chronic Disease Hospitalizations||31||67||100||77|
|Infant Mortality Rates||33||32||34||38|
For indicators with a score of NS, there is no data readily available.
What does this mean for health care?
The indicators with the largest disparity between blacks and whites and the greatest consistency across the four jurisdictions are homelessness and infant mortality.
Black residents in the region are nearly 11 times as likely to experience homelessness as white residents. Black babies in the region are more than three times as likely to die before their first birthday as white babies.
Although the data show there is less disparity in health insurance coverage,
there are notable disparities in the rate of hospitalizations for blacks compared to whites for chronic diseases, injuries, and preventable conditions.
Black residents in the City of St. Louis and in St. Louis County are nearly three times
as likely as white residents to be admitted to a hospital for an acute illness or an injury that could have been prevented with access to equitable health care. Black residents in St. Charles County are more than twice as likely as white residents to be admitted to a hospital for a preventable condition.