Data Download: Women’s Health Edition

At the end of 2017 the City and Cambridge Health Alliance put out The Wellbeing of Somerville report, which contains data about the health and wellbeing of Somerville residents. As a follow-up to that report, we’ve also put out a survey to better understand what Somerville residents need to live their healthiest lives. Recently City staff met with the Somerville Commission for Women to talk about data specifically related to women’s health. In his Data Download column this week, Mayor Joe Curtatone highlights some interested numbers related to women’s health in Somerville:

• 93.2%: That’s the percentage of area patients who were screened for postpartum depression at Cambridge Health Alliance in 2016. Of those patients, 4.6% screened positive and received follow-up care.

• 30: Out of the 34 people living in shelters in Somerville in January 2017, 30 were women.

• 59: That’s how many Somerville women between the ages of 18 and 24 gave birth in 2016. In 2012, it was 79 women.

• 3.8%: Nearly 4% of girls in the 5- to 18-year-old cohort reported being the victim of dating violence.

Although some of these stats seem discouraging, having them will help the City and health providers better address the needs of residents.

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