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Health Outcomes

Health Outcomes

Health outcomes reflect a population's changing state of physical, mental and social well-being. This category includes acute and chronic conditions, and reproductive and birth outcomes.

Asthma Hospitalizations

Asthma is a disease that causes the airways that carry oxygen in and out of the lungs to be irritated and swollen. It is the leading chronic health condition among children, and there are large racial, income and geographic differences in poor asthma outcomes. Oregon Tracking currently collects data about asthma hospitalizations including monthly and annual number of hospitalizations, and the crude, age-specific and age-adjusted hospitalization rates.

Body Mass Index (Coming Soon)

Body Mass Index (BMI) provides a reliable indicator of body fat for most people and is a good measure for describing the prevalence of obesity at the population level. Obesity-related health conditions include some of the leading causes of death: heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer. Oregon Tracking used Driver's License data to make available mean and age adjusted mean BMI for adults by sex. Data is available at sub-county levels.


Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body. There are more than 100 types of Cancer and can occur in any organ and any type of cell in the body. Cancer is a leading cause of death in Oregon. Oregon Tracking currently collects data for over 13 different types of cancer that have been associated with environmental contaminants. The portal provides measures that include the annual number of new cases and age adjusted rates.

Heart Attack Hospitalizations

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. The term "heart disease" refers to several types of heart conditions. The most common type in the United States is coronary artery disease, which can cause heart attack, angina, heart failure, and arrhythmias. Your genetics, lifestyle, and environment can all contribute to an increased risk for heart disease. Oregon Tracking currently collects heart attack counts of monthly and annual hospitalizations, and annual crude, age-specific and age-adjusted hospitalization rates.

Reproductive and Birth Outcomes

More than three million healthy babies are born annually in the United States. While most women have a normal term pregnancy and deliver a normal infant, a safe and healthy pregnancy is not experienced by all women. Certain genetic, behavioral, social and environmental factors can affect the parents' ability to conceive, carry, and deliver a healthy, full-term baby.

Our understanding of risk factors for reproductive problems has increased over the past decades. However, there is still much we do not know. To better understand the role that environmental exposures play in reproductive and infant health problems Oregon Tracking collects and displays data on reproductive and birth outcomes including preterm birth, infant deaths and birth weight.

Reproductive and birth outcomes we track:

  • Preterm births are when a baby is born before the 37thcompleted week of pregnancy (gestation).
  • Very preterm births are when a baby is born before the 32ndcompleted week of pregnancy (gestation).
  • Birth weight is the weight of the newborn measured immediately after birth.
  • Low birth weight is a birth weight of less than 5.5 pounds or 2,500 grams.
  • Very low birth weight is a birth weight of less than 3.3 pounds or 1,500 grams.
  • Infant mortality includes deaths of infants younger than 1 year of age.
  • Neonatal mortality includes deaths of infants younger than 28 days of age.
  • Post-neonatal mortality includes deaths of infants from 28 days of age to under 1 year old of age.
  • Perinatal mortality includes deaths after 28 weeks of gestation, stillbirths and deaths of infants younger than 7 days of age.

Reproductive Outcomes Data Explorer

Birth Anomalies Data Explorer