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Health Conditions & Diseases

The What Works for Health database highlights policies and programs that improve population health and prevent disease. It focuses on upstream factors that affect health and is organized by determinants of health. These health factors are directly related to a number of specific conditions and diseases that affect the health of our state and nation as a whole. The chart below summarizes some of the diseases and conditions related to each factor. The strength of the relationship between the listed health factor and a given condition or disease varies from condition to condition.

Health factors Important conditions/diseases
Asthma/chronic lower
respiratory disease
Back problems
 
Cancer
 
Cerebrovascular
disease/stroke
Depression/ suicide/
mental health
Diabetes
 
Heart disease
 
Homicide
 
HIV/AIDS
 
Infant mortality
 
Injuries and Trauma
 
Obesity
 
Osteoarthritis
 
Tobacco Use x   x x   x x     x      
Diet & Exercise x x x x x x x     x x x x
Alcohol & Drug Use     x x x   x x x x x    
Sexual Activity     x           x x      
Access to Care x x x x x x x   x x x x x
Quality of Care x x x x x x x   x x x x x
Education x x x x x x x x x x x x x
Employment x x x x x x x x x x x x x
Income x x x x x x x x x x x x x
Family & Social Support x x x x x x x x x x x x x
Community Safety x     x x     x   x x x  
Air & Water Quality x   x       x            
Housing & Transit x   x x     x     x x x