Public health in Tulsa is inextricably linked to socioeconomic status and social determinants of health. Regular preventative check-ups and healthy lifestyles can be considered luxury expenses to disadvantaged Tulsans without health insurance who struggle to keep food on their table or a roof over their heads. Without good health or the ability to pay medical expenses, individual quality of life suffers. When whole communities of Tulsans fail to receive adequate health care, social progress stalls.
The Public Health theme analyzes inequalities by race, geography, and veteran status. These groups experience disparities in health care access, health conditions, and health outcomes.
The topics for the Public Health theme are Healthcare Access, Mortality, and Well-being.
You can see a snapshot of the indicators averaged in this theme in the chart to your right and then visit the sections below for more detail.