The Facts

Snap Shot of what’s going on in South Los Angeles

Social determinants contributing to health disparities in Los Angeles County

28% of women live below the federal poverty limit.
14.7% of women do not have a regular source of health care. Specifically, 19.4% of Latinas and 18.3% of Asian/Pacific Islander

17% of women with disability report transportation as a barrier to obtaining needed medical care

Latinos/as are 42% of the population, yet account for 72% of population  living in poverty

21% of South LA residents do not have access to a vehicle

Social determinants contributing to health disparities in Los Angeles County
21% of South LA residents do not have access to a vehicle

Service Planning Area 6

Less than a third (27%) of women report having access to high quality  fruits and vegetables
Nearly 2 out of 5 (39%) women report difficulty in accessing health care
31% of women have hypertension and 14% of women have diabetes

Unintended Pregnancies

Four out of ten (40%) pregnancies in SPA 6 are unintended
SPA 6 has the lowest use of effective birth control (79% of women used an effective birth control method, yet are still as risk for unintended pregnancies.)
Approximately one third (34%) of women are uninsured when they become pregnant
Black women (12.5%) have the highest incidence of low-birth weight, followed by Asian/Pacific Islander women (7.8%)

Sexual Transmitted Infections (South Los Angeles)

68% of Chlamydia and 65% of gonorrhea cases occur in young adults ages 15-24
Highest incidence of Chlamydia – Black women, 1837; Latinas, 659 per 100,000
Incidence of gonorrhea – Black women, 443.3; Latinas, 39 per 100,000
Highest incidence of syphilis- Black women, 2; Latinas 0.6 per 100,000
Highest incidence of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease – Black women, 19; Latinas, 4
South Los Angeles has the highest HIV/AIDS mortality rates in LA County

Black (48.7) and Latina (40.1) women report having an HIV test in the past two years – twice as high as Whites and Asian/Pacific Islander Women – demonstrating an awareness and concern for their reproductive and sexual health.

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