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Strategic Goal By 2015, the rate of hospital admissions due to respiratory disease will decrease by 20%.

Why this is Important:

In a typical year in Maricopa County, thousands of persons will be hospitalized due to respiratory complications of influenza. According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, more than 36,500 individuals receiving a respiratory disease diagnosis, such as acute bronchitis, influenza, pneumonia, asthma, or chronic bronchitis, were discharged from the hospital in 2009. This goal is aimed at reducing the number of adults who suffer from this disease each year.

How Maricopa County government influences this goal:

Maricopa County has limited influence in reducing the respiratory disease rate in the county, but is committed to reducing hospital admissions. The Maricopa County Department of Public Health works with community partners to vastly decrease circulating influenza, which will reduce hospital admissions due to respiratory complications of flu significantly. Additionally, the Maricopa County Air Quality Department, through their education, outreach, and enforcement efforts, is working to ensure federal clean air standards are achieved and maintained for residents and visitors so they can breathe clean air.

How progress is measured:


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