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The slides below give an overview of health indicators in Hillsdale County.

This information was compiled by the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency for the Human Services Network.

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Just knowing how many people in a population died or gave birth may not really give you a good idea of what is going on in the community. For example, if the average age for people in a community was 65, you would expect more people to die than in a community with the same number of people but where the average age was only 25. By using mathematical formulas, you can look at rates, or age-adjusted rates, instead of raw numbers. This allows you to compare your population to other groups more accurately.

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Fertility rates are also called birth rates. The teen fertility rate has been consistenly higher for Hillsdale than for Michigan's white population during the last decade.

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In the 2002 school survey, teens were asked if it was against their moral values to have sex as a teenager. 56% of 8th grade students said it was, compared to 34% of 10th graders.

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