Health
Routine Checkups


Routine Checkups

What does this measure?

The share of adults in a region who had a routine medical checkup within the past two years.

Why is this important?

Routine checkups and screenings help people to stay healthy, prevent illnesses, and identify and treat medical problems early. This can lead to a higher quality of life and lower long-term health costs at both the individual and community level.

How is our county performing?

In 2017, 88% of Erie County residents reported they had a checkup within the past two years. This was a higher share than the 2016 rates for both Pennsylvania (85%) and the U.S. (83%). In 2015, the most recent year for which data for all three are available, Erie's rate (85%) was similar to the state (86%) and higher than the nation (84%). From 2011 to 2015, Erie County's rate of routine checkups increased 3 percentage points; county-level data for 2017 indicates that this increase has continued. Between 2011 and 2015, the state rate had a similar increase of 2 percentage points. The national rate increased 3 percentage points from 2013 to 2016.

How do we compare to similar counties?

In 2015, Erie's percentage of adults who had a routine checkup in the past two years was slightly lower than Luzerne County, PA (88%). Like Erie, Luzerne's rate increased 3 percentage points from 2011 to 2015.

Notes about the data

State- and county-level data are from state health departments. All Erie County data from after 2015 are from the Erie County Department of Health. The data come from a survey designed to collect scientific data on health risks and behaviors.

Beginning in 2011, the Centers for Disease Control made two changes to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System on which this indicator is based. The survey now includes cell-phone users, and a new statistical method is used to weight responses. Therefore, data prior to 2011 is not displayed.

Routine Checkups
2011201220132014201520162017
United States81%83%84%84%
Pennsylvania84%85%86%85%
Erie County, PA9%12%13%13%14%11%
Luzerne County, PA86%86%86%88%86%

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Erie county Department of Health
Notes: Luzerne county numbers are 3 year average of adjacent years








INDICATORS TREND | ERIE COUNTY
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments Maintaining
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Employees Increasing
Tourism Spending Maintaining
Median Age Increasing
Population by Age Not Applicable
Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Total Population Decreasing
Foreign Born Population Increasing
Household Types Not Applicable
Average Household Size Maintaining
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Public Assistance Maintaining
Change in Average Salary Decreasing
Unemployment Rate Increasing
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Employment by Sector Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty by Education Level Not Applicable
Homeownership Rates Decreasing
Homeownership Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Maintaining
Median Rent Maintaining
Student Performance in Grade 3 Reading Increasing
Student Performance in Grade 3 Math Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Maintaining
Per Student Spending Maintaining
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Education Level of Adults Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Air Quality Increasing
Water Quality Maintaining
Recycling Tons Per Capita Maintaining
Solid Waste Per Capita Maintaining
Vehicles by Fuel Type Not Applicable
Mortality Rate Decreasing
Death from Heart Disease Decreasing
Death from Cancer Decreasing
Death from Stroke Decreasing
Death from Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease Increasing
Hypertension Prevalance Increasing
Diabetes Prevalence Increasing
Asthma Increasing
People Without Healthcare Coverage Decreasing
People Without a Primary Care Physician Increasing
Routine Checkups Increasing
People Who Cannot Afford Healthcare Decreasing
Adults Who are Overweight or Obese Increasing
Children Who are Overweight or Obese Increasing
Teens Who are Overweight or Obese Increasing
Adult Smokers Decreasing
Physically Inactive Adults Decreasing
Binge Drinking Maintaining
Infant Mortality Decreasing
Low Birth Weight Babies Increasing
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Non Smoking During Pregnancy Increasing
Early Prenatal Care Increasing