Uninsured Rates, Behavior and Mental Health

Mental health is the leading cause of disability in the United States and research has shown that individuals who have health insurance are more likely to use one or more types of mental health services (Miller et al., 2016). Research has also shown disparities in mental health service use and adequacy based on race, ethnicity and socioeconomic factors (Jimenez et al., 2013; Tsai et. al., 2014).

The purpose of this analysis is to compare the rates of poor mental health days by rates of health insurance coverage, average number of poor physical health days, employment status, income level, teen birth and excessive drinking at the county level.

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The purpose of this presentation is to demonstrate how to conduct an analysis to identify if there is an association in the rates of poor mental health days by rates of health insurance coverage, average number of poor physical health days, employment status, income level, teen birth or excessive drinking at the county level.

Data Sources

County Health Ranking (data released 2016)

Defining the Columns

A blank entry indicates unreported data. A value of zero is a defined value and does not represent unreported data.

State: The abbreviation of the state

County: The name of the county. County names are listed as provided on the United States Census Bureau's list of 2010 FIPS Codes for Counties and County Equivalient Entities.

Percent Uninsured: Percentage of people under age 65 without insurance. The reporting period for this measure is 2013.

Median Household Income: Median annual household income. The reporting period for this measure is 2014.

Percent Unemployment: Percentage of population ages 16+ unemployed and looking for work. The reporting period for this measure is 2014.

Percent Excessive Drinking: Percentage of adults that report excessive drinking. The reporting period for this measure is 2014.

Drug Overdose Deaths per 100,000: The number of deaths due to drug poisoning per 100,000 population. The reporting period for this measure is 2012-2014.

Teen Births per 1,000: Number of births per 1,000 female population ages 15-19. The reporting period for this measure is 2007-2013.

Avg Poor Mental Health Days per Month: Average number of mentally unhealthy days reported in past 30 days (age-adjusted). The reporting period for this measure is 2014.

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