LAS VEGAS -- Clark County residents have experienced a reduction in the rates of premature deaths and teen births since 2010, according to findings released Wednesday by a health-focused philanthropic organization.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation of Princeton, N.J., which releases annual data on county-level health care nationwide, reported that Clark County residents now lose 7,168 years of potential life before age 75 per 100,000 residents. That is an improvement from 2010, when it was 8,346 years lost.
The county's teen birth rate, which is now 48 per 1,000 girls aged 15 to 19, is also down from 62 per 1,000 in 2010.
Other improvements include adult smoking, which declined from 24 percent to 21 percent over the past five years, and screening for diabetic Medicare enrollees, which climbed from 73 percent to 77 percent.
Preventable hospital stays for Medicare enrollees also dropped from 67 per 1,000 enrollees to 58 per 1,000.
Compared with five years ago, though, the county's population of uninsured adults rose from 21 percent to 24 percent. There also was an uptick in the rate of sexually transmitted infections from 413 per 100,000 residents to 423 per capita.
Some medical providers say they often deal with Hispanic patients who are afraid to seek medical care. It's hoped the opening of a new medical clinic will change that.