2018 Hendricks County CHA:
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Secondary Data Review

This secondary data review includes the most recent, county-specific data available from national sources such as the U.S. Census Bureau, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Economic Indicators

According to the US Census ACS 5-Year Estimates, the 2017 estimated poverty rate of Hendricks County is 5.1%

Overall Health Self-Perceptions

General Health Indicators

According to County Health Rankings, Hendricks County ranked number two of all Indiana counties in 2018. It should be noted, though, that Indiana only ranks 47th of all 50 states in the U.S. according to the United Health Foundation.

County Health Rankings assesses 42 separate health indicators. For eight of these indicators, Hendricks County ranked in the bottom half of Indiana counties, including:  excessive drinking, alcohol-impaired driving deaths, social associations, physical environment, air pollution, driving alone to work, long commute driving alone, and sexually transmitted infections.

Hendricks County Infant Mortality Rate (per 1,000 Live Births):   5.6%

Hendricks County Life Expectancy:
Male = 78.2 years
Female = 81.7 years 

Hendricks County's cause of death rates for hypertensive heart disease, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), and all other external causes were 50% worse than the Indiana average. Hendricks County's cause of death rates for self-harm (suicide), influenza and pneumonia, other diseases of the circulatory system, and peptic ulcer also exceeded the state average.

Specific Health Indicators

In the state of Indiana and throughout the U.S., the rate of overdose deaths related to opioids has steadily increased for the past 10 years. 

In Hendricks County in 2017, there were 373 drug-related overdose visits to an emergency department. There were 31 drug overdose deaths, 20 of which included a narcotic. Fentanyl, heroin, and prescription opioids were the most common narcotics listed in the death reports.