Health and Mental Health
Untreated/Uncontrolled Diabetes Mellitus.
Definition:Combined rates of emergency room visits and inpatient hospitalizations for diabetes mellitus.
Rationale:This statistic has been identified as one of the primary health issues in Boone County. A simple screening technique (blood glucose) is available at health fairs, conducted by the Columbia/Boone County Health Department in its rural outreach clinics and by other local agencies. A concerted public health marketing campaign can be used to increase the number of people who participate in screening.
Data Source:Department of Health and Senior Services Missouri Information for Community Assessment (MICA)
http://www.dhss.mo.gov/MICA/index.html. This site uses regularly collected data specific to diabetes and provides comparison with state and other county data, if desired. The data are published for the previous year, and comparisons can be made with previous years.