Public Health

How are we doing?

The City of Santa Monica recognizes the importance of providing a clean and safe environment for all residents. The City is tracking public health indicators that can be a result of one's environment. As these indicators are new to the Sustainable City Plan, historical data has not been collected. 
As climate change progresses, it is imperative that we monitor the health and wellbeing of all of our residents and assess the different neighborhoods to look for any trends. 

Population with Asthma

Asthma can be a result of poor air quality and pollution. Individuals with asthma are more sensitive to poor air quality conditions. The City monitors air quality levels and the number of days reported unhealthy for sensitive groups. It is important to identify vulnerable groups in Santa Monica and monitor any upward trends or neighborhoods experiencing more cases. 
This indicator measures the estimated percent of residents with current asthma among adults aged 18 years and older. Based on data collected by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 7% of Santa Monica adults have asthma in 2019. 

Population with Cancer

While the causes of cancer can vary, it is important to monitor cases and identify any trends that might be related to environment. 
This indicator measures the estimated prevalence of cancer (excluding skin cancer) among adults aged 18 years and older (%) in 2019. Based on data collected by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 6% of Santa Monica adults have cancer in 2019. 

Cardiovascular Disease

Exposure to air pollution and poor quality of life can be factors that lead to heart disease. Additionally, individuals with heart disease or have experienced a heart attack may be more vulnerable to environmental factors like air pollution.
This indicator measure the rate of heart attacks. It is an estimate of the number of emergency department visits for acute myocardial infarction (or heart attack) per 10,000 people over the years 2015 to 2017.  

Low Birth Weight

Low birth weight is defined as babies born under 5.5 pounds or 2500 grams. There are several causes to low birth weight. A mother's environment and access to resources can impact the health of their baby. Pollution, access to healthy food, poverty are all factors that can affect pregnancies. Low birth weight babies can lead to chronic illnesses or death. While the causes of low birth weight can vary, it is important to monitor cases and identify any trends that might be related to environment and access to resources. 
This indicator measure the average percent of low birth weight babies over the years 2009 to 2015.