TABLE 1.

Healthy North Carolina Measure Characteristics by Decade

Healthy NC ReportNumber of ObjectivesGeneral Goals ReachedNoted Continuing Challenges
2000

61 among

11 categories

Total teen pregnancy rate; immunization levels
among children in kindergarten
Total infant mortality; percent low-weight births; non-white teen pregnancy rate; overweight; non-white syphilis,
gonorrhea, and chlamydia; youth tobacco and alcohol use
2010108Infant mortality decreased but still high; teen pregnancy rates declined; decline in HIV mortalityDiabetes and obesity; health insurance; unintentional
poisonings; gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis; African American infant mortality; tobacco and alcohol use
202041 in 13 categoriesAlcohol-related traffic crashes; pediatric dental servicesUnintentional poisoning mortality rate; unintentional falls mortality rate; infant mortality racial disparity between whites and Blacks
203021 in 5 categoriesNot applicable as progress but in 2020 there was a trend of increased graduation rates and a reduction of violent crimeIn 2020, the state faced challenges in drug overdose deaths, obesity, and youth tobacco use.
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