Data show that tree coverage in our neighborhoods is related to many other things. Census tracts with sparse tree coverage have higher summer temperatures, higher rates of poor mental health, and higher rates of poverty.
Substance abuse prevention plays a pivotal role in community and public health. In 2021 more than 100,000 people in the US died from a drug overdose, with a predicted 6.7% increase nationally for 2022.
Racial and ethnic minorities face unique struggles regarding their mental health and wellbeing. Data show that the Minority Health Social Vulnerability Index varies widely between counties, as does the tract-level poverty level data.
Data from the CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey show that many census tracts in our region have relatively lower rates of high cholesterol, and that many of the higher rates are in rural, rather than urban tracts.
Poor mental health prevalence rates in the Rochester region range from less than 9% in rural areas to more than 25% in some census tracts in the City of Rochester, while prevalence of coronary heart disease ranges from 1% rurally to 11% in urban census tracts.