Chronic Illnesses See Decline In Tri-State; SEI Rates Higher Than Rest Of Region

Posted On July 25, 2017

By Travis Thayer

(Cincinnati, Oh.) – A new survey shows a decline in chronic illnesses for adults in the Greater Cincinnati area.

According to the 2017 Community Health Status Survey (CHSS), the region saw a decline in percentages of adults diagnosed with high blood pressure, severe allergies, chronic lung disease and depression, since 2013.

The percentage of adults diagnosed with high blood pressure decreased the most from 34 percent to 30 percent. Depression affects 21 percent in the region, followed by severe allergies at 14 percent and chronic lung disease at 6 percent.

Despite the decline regionally, southeastern Indiana counties reported higher rates of chronic illness than the rest of the region for the following conditions:

  • Chronic lung disease (9 percent versus 6 percent)
  • Diabetes (18 percent versus 13 percent)
  • High blood pressure (39 percent versus 30 percent)
  • Severe allergies (18 percent versus 14 percent)

“While it is encouraging that many of these numbers have declined, the fact remains that many adults in our community suffer from chronic illness, and that can be a major burden for an individual or a household,” says O’dell Moreno Owens, M.D., M.P.H., President/CEO of Interact for Health. “This toll may be physical, emotional and financial, affecting many aspects of a person’s life.”

According to the survey, low income adults earning less than 100 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines are more likely to be diagnosed with a chronic condition.

Age is also a factor. As individuals grow older, they become more susceptible to cancer, chronic lung disease, diabetes, heart trouble, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and stroke.

The 2017 Community Health Status Survey was conducted by the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Cincinnati for Interact for Health. A total of 4,261 randomly selected adults residing in eight Ohio counties, nine Kentucky counties and five Indiana counties were interviewed via telephone between August 2016 and March 2017.

The potential sampling error for the overall survey data is plus or minus 1.5 percent.

To view the full survey, visit www.interactforhealth.org.