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Report Overview

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The 59 indicators in the report were calculated according to guidelines published by the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP). For each indicator, a brief description of the topic, definition, connection to the Life Course Theory, and data source are provided. When possible, a state-level estimate for each indicator was calculated and Florida’s status compared to the nation. The indicators were then stratified by race/ethnicity when available and appropriate. In total, there were 28 state and national data sources used to calculate the 59 indicators. Estimates are from the most recent year available for the data source at the time the indicator report was developed.

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The data sources, year used, and brief description for each indicators are located within its respective subsection below.

  • Executive Summary
  • Childhood Experiences
  • Community Health Policy
  • Community Well-Being
  • Discrimination and Segregation
  • Early Life Services
  • Economic Experiences
  • Family Well-Being
  • Health Care Access and Quality
  • Mental Health
  • Organizational Measurement Capacity
  • Reproductive Life Experiences
  • Social Capital
Executive Summary

This section provides an introduction to the Life Course Theory, explains the methodology followed throughout the report and functions as a high-level summary of Florida’s status compared to the nation on all of the 59 established life course indicators.

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Childhood Experiences

This section explains how personal negative experiences early in childhood can impact the life course and health of an individual.

 Life course indicators in this section:

  • LC-01. Adverse Childhood Experiences among Adults
  • LC-02. Adverse Childhood Experiences among Children
  • LC-03. Substantiated Child Maltreatment

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Community Health Policy

This section provides two examples of community-level health policy and their positive impact on a person’s health.

Life course indicators in this section:

  • LC-04. Breastfeeding Support: Baby-Friendly Hospitals
  • LC-05. Community Water Fluoridation
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Community Well-Being

This section explains how certain characteristics of a community or neighborhood can impact an individual’s health.

 Life course indicators in this section:

  • LC-06. Concentrated Disadvantage
  • LC-07. Homelessness
  • LC-08. Homicide Rate
  • LC-09. Household Food Insecurity
  • LC-10. Poverty
  • LC-11. Small for Gestational Age (SGA)

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Discrimination and Segregation

This section highlights different examples of discrimination and segregation across the life course and its adverse impact on health.

Life course indicators in this section:

  • LC-12. Bullying
  • LC-13. Experiences of Race-Based Discrimination or Racism among Women
  • LC-14. Perceived Experiences of Race or Ethnic Based Discrimination among Children
  • LC-15. Perceived Experiences of Racial Discrimination in Health Care among Adults
  • LC-16. Racial Residential Segregation

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Early Life Services

This section describes three federal programs that are designed to identify at-risk children and connect them to services to improve health status and quality of life.

Life course indicators in this section:

  • LC-17. Early Intervention
  • LC-18. Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition Services
  • LC-19. Early Childhood Health Screening-EPSDT

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Economic Experiences

This section describes three indicators related to education and financial resources, as these are strong predictors of overall health status and quality of life and can impact daily life decisions related to health.

Life course indicators in this section:

  • LC-20. High School Graduation Rate
  • LC-21. Mother’s Education Level at Birth
  • LC-22. Unemployment
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Family Well-Being

This section describes several conditions that positively or negatively impact health and can affect the strength and resiliency of the family unit.

Life course indicators in this section:

  • LC-23. Adolescent Smoking
  • LC-24. Adolescent Use of Alcohol
  • LC-25. Children with Special Health Care Needs
  • LC-26. Diabetes in Adults
  • LC-27. Exclusive Breastfeeding at Three Months
  • LC-28. Exposure to Second Hand Smoke in the Home
  • LC-29. Hypertension in Adults
  • LC-30. Illicit Drug Use
  • LC-31. Intimate Partner Violence, Injury, Physical or Sexual Abuse
  • LC-32. Obesity
  • LC-33. Physical Activity among High School Students
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Health Care Access and Quality

This section provides indicators for different populations across the life course to measure receipt of adequate and quality health care which is important in overall health promotion and prevention of certain diseases and conditions.

Life course indicators in this section:

  • LC-34. Cervical Cancer Screening
  • LC-35. Children Receiving Age Appropriate Immunizations
  • LC-36. Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Immunization
  • LC-37. Medical Home for Children
  • LC-38. Asthma Emergency Department Utilization
  • LC-39. Inability or Delay in Obtaining Necessary Medical Care or Dental Care
  • LC-40. Medical Insurance for Adults
  • LC-41. Oral Health Preventive Visit for Children

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Mental Health

This section describes the importance of maintaining good mental health status and its impact on overall health and well-being.

Life course indicators in this section:

  • LC-42. Depression among Youth      
  • LC-43. Mental Health among Adults
  • LC-44. Postpartum Depression
  • LC-45. Suicide

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Organizational Measurement Capacity

This section explains three measures that states can use to determine their status of building data capacity to assist research related to the Life Course Theory and other public health topics.

Life course indicators in this section:

  • LC-46. Capacity to Assess Lead Exposure  
  • LC-47. Data Capacity to Support Integrated Childhood Research
  • LC-48. States with P-20W Longitudinal Datasets

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Reproductive Life Experiences

This sections explains several conditions related to reproductive health and pregnancy that can influence the health of both a mother and her child.

Life course indicators in this section:

  • LC-49. Diabetes during Pregnancy (Gestational Diabetes)
  • LC-50. Early Sexual Intercourse
  • LC-51. HIV Prevalence
  • LC-52. Postpartum Contraception
  • LC-53. Subsequent (Repeat) Teen Birth
  • LC-54. Teen Birth
  • LC-55. Preterm Birth
  • LC-56. Stressors during Pregnancy

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Social Capital

This section describes three indicators that are related to social capital which can be defined as the networks, together with shared norms, values and understanding, which facilitate cooperation within or among groups. Social capital is important in establishing trust within neighborhoods and between people and leads to healthier communities.

Life course indicators in this section:

  • LC-57. Fourth Grade Proficiency
  • LC-58. Incarceration Rate
  • LC-59. Voter Registration

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