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Hospitalizations Resulting from Assault (Three-Year Average)

Data Provider: NYS Department of Health

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Related Indicators:

Life Area:

Civic Engagement

Definition:

The assault hospitalization rate is based on the number of discharges for hospitalizations resulting from an assault among youth ages 10 through 19 years per 100,000 population in this age group.

Because many of the Physical and Emotional Health Indicators describe relatively rare events in many counties, the numbers and rates for these indicators are presented as three-year averages. Three-year averaging improves the reliability of the data in counties with small populations, where slight variations in the number of events can result in large fluctuations in their annual rates. So that all of the Physical and Emotional Health Indicators can be consistently presented, all are presented as three-year averages.

Significance:

The rate of hospitalizations resulting from an assault is an important indicator of the relative safety of the home and community environments in which children are being raised.

Promoting safe communities by reducing violent and abusive behavior has been identified as a priority area by both National Healthy People 2020 (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2015), and by Prevention Agenda for the Healthiest State 2013-2018 (New York State Department of Health, 2015).

Findings:

  • In New York State, the annual average assault-related hospitalization rate among youth aged 10 through 19 years was 39.1 per 100,000 in 2012-2014.
  • Assault related hospitalizations were more than three times higher in New York City, 67.2 per 100,000 among youth in this age group, compared to those living in the Rest of State, 21.5 per 100,000.

References:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Healthy People 2020, 2020 Topics & Objectives, Maternal, Infant, and Child Health, Nov. 2015, Available at

http://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/topics-objectives/topic/maternal-infant-and-child-health/objectivesretrieved 3 Nov 2015.

Prevention Agenda for the Healthiest State 2013-2018. New York State Department of Health, April 2015. Available at http://www.health.ny.gov/prevention/prevention_agenda/2013-2017/plan/healthy_environment/index.htm

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