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How economics, demographics affect a community’s health concerns

One county; very different health concerns across it.

The myriad communities that make up Cook County tell a story of affluence and poverty and points in between. And, depending on a community’s economic standing, its biggest health concerns can be very different.

For example, Cook County Public Health officials are concerned about the high rate of sexually transmitted diseases in Chicago’s economically struggling North Lawndale community. But in economically affluent south suburban Orland Park, where incidents of STDs are vastly lower, there is uneasiness over mental health issues and suicide rates…Please click here to read Donna Vickroy’s story in the Tribune/Daily Southtown.

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