Guilford County, NC - The Guilford County Department of Public Health has released the health report for 2012.
The report outlines infant mortality, chronic disease rates and leading cause of death.
According to the report, Guilford County ranked 9th for overall health among the state's 100 counties. Guilford County was ranked 10th for overall health in 2011.
Here are highlights from the report:
Live births increased by 46 from 2010 to 2011, a total of 6,049.
Forty-five babies died during their first year in 2011. The number of infant deaths in 2010 was 57. The Guilford County Coalition of Infant Mortality has focused on prenatal care to reduce these rates.
Fifteen tracts have been labeled as "food deserts" by the US Department of Agriculture, nine in Greensboro and six in High Point, limiting community members' access to healthy foods. The CDC is funding a Community Transformation Grant Project to add new farmer's markets in these locations.
The county's rates for HIV infection, syphilis and Chlamydia exceed NC rates. The Department of Public Health is working with other agencies to provide sexual health education and testing throughout the county.
Teen pregnancy among 15 to 19-year-old women have decreased in 2011 to 35.6 cases per 1,000 females. The number of pregnant teens in 2010 was 41.7 per 1,000. The county attributes the decline to its Smart Girls Life Skills Program, which is currently on its 19th year.
Source: Guilford County Department of Public Health