2002 Report Card Contents

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Building a
Better Future

A Report Card for the
North Bay 2002

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Healthy Marin Partnership
Our Purpose
Your Community Needs You
Here's What We Found
Our Diversity Is Growing
We Are Becoming More Diverse
Marin County Is Aging
Our Economy Has Constraints
Job Growth Is Strong: Retail Is the Fastest Growing
Unemployment Is Lower Than California’s
Median Family Income Is Up, but so is the Cost of Living
The Cost of Housing Is Too High and Getting Higher
Traffic Is Getting Worse
Marin County Is Invested in Education
Child Care Services Can Not Meet the Demand
Some Scores High, Some Under-Perform
Marin County Is Invested in Education
Health Indicators Are Mixed
2000+ Children Enrolled in Low-Cost Health Insurance
Cancer Remains Leading Cause of Death
Breast and Prostate Cancer Rates Higher in Marin
Our Kids Need Our Help
Childhood Immunizations are Higher than California’s
Teen Birth Rates Are Low
Recent Increases in Some Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Lifestyle Is a Major Contributor to Our Health
Alcohol-Related Risk Behavior a Problem
Obesity Rates Above California Goal
Chronic Diseases Need Better Management
Mental Health Services on the Rise
The Number of Seniors is Growing
Seniors and Their Families Strive for “Successful Aging”
Health Limitations Reduce Seniors’ Sense of Independence
As a Community, We Are Involved
Volunteerism and Charitable Giving Are Alive and Well
Homelessness Is a Community Issue
Safety Requires Our Vigilance
Crime Rates Lower than California’s
Domestic Violence Rates a Growing Concern
The Environment - We Have Some New Challenges
Protecting the Environment Requires Constant Vigilance
Sudden Oak Death Threatens Our Woodlands
Commitment to Preserving Open Space Is Strong
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