Outcome: Children and Youth are Physically Safe

Indicator: Teen Deaths per 100,000 ages 15-19

Significance of this indicator:

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, teenage mortality is an important public health issue because the majority of deaths among teenagers are caused by external causes of injury such as accidents, homicide, and suicide. These causes of death are, by definition, preventable.  Below are some key findings from the National Vital Statistics System-Mortality:

  • An average of 16,375 teenagers 12-19 years died in the United States every year from 1999 to 2006. This is less than one percent of all deaths that occur every year in the United States.
  • The five leading causes of death among teenagers are accidents (unintentional injuries), homicide, suicide, cancer, and heart disease. Accidents account for nearly one-half of all teenage deaths.
  • Within the category of accidents, motor vehicle fatality is the leading cause of death to teenagers, representing over one-third of all deaths.
  • Among teenagers, non-Hispanic black males have the highest death rate (94.1 deaths per 100,000 population). Homicide is the leading cause of death in this group.

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How we are doing on this indicator:

The teen death rate in Colorado decreased fairly consistently from 2007 through 2011, but Pueblo’s rate showed more fluctuation during that time.  Pueblo’s rate peaked in 2009 at 118, then dropped to 69 in 2010, and 59.6 in 2011.

What the Data Tell Us

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Definition:  Deaths per 100,000 teens ages 15-19 in Colorado. The data include deaths from natural causes (such as illness or congenital defects) and injury (including motor vehicle deaths, homicides and suicides).

Data Source:  Health Statistics Section, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Provided by the Colorado Children’s Campaign, Kids Count Data Center.

Data Considerations: Since the absolute number of teen deaths in Pueblo is quite small, any year-to-year difference results in a large change in rate. The number of deaths from 2007 to 2011 was 10, NA, 14, 8, and 7 respectively.