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About Chronic Disease Epidemiology
The Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section tracks and describes the burden of diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease among Oregonians, then uses this information to guide efforts that allow control or prevention of these diseases.
Review of the information we collect allows us to recognize situations in which particular communities may be disproportionately affected by disease, so that these disparities can be addressed. It makes it possible to recognize emerging trends that could affect the state's health, such as the recent increase in obesity. It further helps us to assess whether desirable changes, such as increases in physical activity or recommended cancer screening are, in fact, occurring. This makes it possible to evaluate the effectiveness of public health programs in these areas and to refine these efforts.
Oregon Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Race Oversample 2010-2011
In 2010 and 2011, the Public Health Division conducted a survey among Oregon adults called the Oregon Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Race Oversample 2010-2011. The survey was about population health. The goal was to collect information from a large enough number to respondents to be able to analyze certain chronic diseases and health risk factors by race and ethnicity.
The sampling methods for the Oregon BRFSS Race Oversample 2010-2011 data set were different from similar data sets collected in previous years. The data set included cell phone respondents and used a different method to weight the data. Therefore, the point estimates from this data set should not be compared to any prior estimates from BRFSS surveys for racial and ethnic groups in Oregon.
More Information on the Race Oversample Survey
Table 1: Age-adjusted and unadjusted prevalence of selected demographics among adults, by race and ethnicity, Oregon 2010-2011
Table 2: Age-adjusted and unadjusted prevalence of chronic conditions among adults, by race and ethnicity, Oregon 2010-2011
Table 3: Age-adjusted and unadjusted prevalence of health protective and risk factors among adults, by race and ethnicity, Oregon 2010-2011
Table 4: Age-adjusted and unadjusted prevalence of preventative health screenings among adults, by race and ethnicity, Oregon 2010-2011
Table 5: Age-adjusted and unadjusted prevalence of tobacco use and related topics among adults, by race and ethnicity, Oregon 2010-2011
2008-2011 Behavior Risk Factors Surveillance System (BRFSS) County-level Information
Tables I to IV provide county-level information about chronic diseases, preventive health screening, and modifiable risk factors among adults in Oregon. These tables were created using combined BRFSS landline survey results from 2008 through 2011. Two numbers are provided for each measure: an unadjusted point estimate and an age-adjusted point estimate. Here is when to use one versus the other.
- Use unadjusted numbers when assessing the degree to which a disease (or behavior) exists in a county.
- Use the age-adjusted numbers when comparing one county with another, or with Oregon.
In the age-adjusted column, each county is compared to all other counties on whether there is a significant difference for each measure. If the measure for a county is significantly different from the rest of Oregon counties, it is marked with an asterisk.
Please be aware that the methods for calculating these numbers have changed over time. Numbers in these tables are not comparable to older versions of these tables.
Table I: Age-adjusted and unadjusted prevalence of selected chronic conditions among adults, by county, Oregon 2008-2011
Table II: Age-adjusted and unadjusted prevalence of modifiable risk among adults, by county, Oregon 2008-2011
Table III: Age-adjusted and unadjusted prevalence of preventive health screening among adults, by county, Oregon 2008-2011
Table IV: Age-adjusted and unadjusted prevalence of tobacco use among adults, by county, Oregon 2008-2011
Reports and Statewide Plans
5 Year Strategic Plan: Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention, 2012-2017
- The 5-Year HPDCP Strategic Plan (pdf) tackles chronic disease prevention with a comprehensive, community-wide approach to help people eat better, move more, live tobacco free, and take care of themselves. This means achieving better health, better care, and lower health care costs for all Oregonians.
Healthy Places, Healthy People: A Framework for Oregon
- HPCDP's 2020 vision, mission, and framework focus on best practices for promoting and supporting optimal health for all Oregonians.
HPCDP Framework and Best Practices Report, December 2008 (3.5 MB)
A companion document to the Healthy Places, Healthy People visual framework, this report is intended to further define the one page depiction of the framework. This report can help communities, organizations, state agencies, advocates and leaders see where and how they fit and contribute to the larger vision of a healthy Oregon.
Healthy Communities: Building Capacity Based on Local Tobacco Control Efforts
- This report describes the process for developing the Healthy Communities: Building Capacity program conducted in Oregon from 2008 through 2011, and the results of the capacity-building phase.
Healthy Communities Success Stories (video)
- In this collection of short interviews, county and tribal program managers from across Oregon share success stories about creating healthier communities.
Oregon Overweight, Obesity, Physical Activity and Nutrition Facts, 2012
- The 2012 Oregon Overweight, Obesity, Physical Activity and Nutrition Facts (PAN Facts) is a reference presenting the most recent data on physical activity, nutrition, overweight and obesity in Oregon. This fifth edition provides up-to-date information on each topic through the lens of basic demographics such as age, sex, education, income, and body weight status.
HB3486 Diabetes Strategic Plan (6 MB)
- Strategic plan to slow the rate of Diabetes in Oregon. A Report to the 2009 Oregon Legislature from the HB 3486 Advisory Committee.
Keeping Oregonians Healthy (8.4 MB)
- Keeping Oregonians Healthy is a statewide report that summarizes data and presents information for preventing and managing chronic diseases. Chronic diseases, including cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung disease, diabetes and arthritis, are the major causes of disability and death for Oregonians.