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June 21, 2024

Graphic of the week: What’s Driving the Trend on Early Death?


Last month, HPIO released a new publication titled “2024 Health Value Dashboard Data Brief: What’s Driving the Trend on Early Death?

Using data from the 2024 Health Value Dashboard, the brief explores the experiences and environments that lead to deaths among working-age Ohioans (ages 15-64) and provides a set of policies to drive improvement. 

Previous HPIO analysis of death trends among working-age Ohioans found that Ohioans between the ages of 15 and 64 are dying at a much higher rate than they were 15 years ago. As illustrated above, cancer is the only leading cause of death that decreased for this age group since 2007. Unintentional injuries, including unintentional drug overdoses and motor vehicle crashes, increased the most over the last 15 years among the leading causes of death.

Data from the recently released 2024 Dashboard shows four factors that are driving this trend: 

  • Addiction and overdose 
  • Alcohol overuse 
  • Tobacco use 
  • Violence and firearms