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  • Suicide Rates by Occupational Group — 17 States, 2012

    	The figure above is a photograph showing a man using a chainsaw to cut down a tree. July 1, 2016
    Approximately 40,000 suicides were reported in the United States in 2012, making suicide the 10th leading reported cause of death for persons aged ≥16 years. CDC analyzed suicide by occupational group in 17 states in 2012 from the National Violent Death Reporting System. Persons working in the farming, fishing, and forestry group had the highest rate of suicide overall and among males; the highest rates of suicide among females occurred among those working in protective services.

  • Assessment of Staffing, Services, and Partnerships of Local Health Departments — United States, 2015

    	The figure above is a photograph showing a health care worker helping a woman fill out a form.July 1, 2016
    Local health departments (LHDs) throughout the United States reported the economic recession of 2007–2009 substantially affected their operating budgets. A quarter of LHDs reported a lower budget in the current fiscal year compared to the previous fiscal year. LHDs reported 3,400 fewer jobs in 2014 than in 2013 and 51,700 jobs lost since 2008; 36% of LHDs reported a reduction in at least one service area, and 35% reported serving fewer patients in clinics. Up to 24% of LHDs reported expanding population-based prevention services, and LHDs reported they are exploring new collaborations with nonprofit hospitals and primary care providers.


Surveillance Summaries

  • Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance — United States, 2015

    June 10, 2016
    Priority health-risk behaviors contribute to the leading causes of morbidity and mortality among youth and adults. The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors six categories of priority health behaviors among youth and young adults: 1) behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence; 2) tobacco use; 3) alcohol and other drug use; 4) sexual behaviors related to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection; 5) unhealthy dietary behaviors; and 6) physical inactivity. Many high school students engage in behaviors that place them at risk for the leading causes of morbidity and mortality. YRBSS data are used widely to compare the prevalence of health behaviors among subpopulations of students; assess trends in health behaviors over time; monitor progress toward achieving 21 national health objectives for Healthy People 2020 and one of the 26 leading health indicators; provide comparable state and large urban school district data; and help develop and evaluate school and community policies, programs, and practices designed to decrease health-risk behaviors and improve health outcomes among youth.

Recommendations and Reports


  • Development of the Community Health Improvement Navigator Database of Interventions

    FEBRUARY 26, 2016
    This report describes the development of the database of interventions included in the Community Health Improvement Navigator, released by CDC in 2015. The database allows the user to easily search for multisector, collaborative, evidence-based interventions to address the underlying causes of the greatest morbidity and mortality in the United States: tobacco use and exposure, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity. Hospital administrators can use the CHI Navigator’s database of interventions to select and implement evidence-based interventions that have been effective in similar communities with similar collaborators to develop plans to address problems identified in the triennial community health needs assessment, in alignment with the IRS requirements for tax-exempt status.

Notifiable Diseases