This measure tracks the number of children receiving services through Fulton’s Health Clinics who are adequately immunized according to guidelines established by the U.S. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). The Nursing Division provides routine childhood vaccinations (including DTap, Td, Hib, Polio, MMR, Hep B, and varicella vaccines) in accordance with the ACIP immunization schedule
There are a number of ways to measure how well a community provides its residents with opportunities for outdoor recreation. The Trust for Public Land combines a number of measures such as park acreage per resident, walkable access, and spending to derive a single park score; however, that organization rates large municipalities rather than counties. We have chosen instead to use a single measure for which data is readily available for Fulton County and its national benchmark counties: public parkland acreage per 1,000 residents. While this measure may not capture all factors determining outdoor recreational opportunities, the amount of land set aside as parkland is an important measure of opportunities for healthy outdoor activities.
The case clearance rate measures how well the court is keeping up with its incoming case load. A clearance rate of 100% represents a court that is disposing of the same number of cases it is receiving. A clearance rate above 100% represents a court that is disposing of more cases than it is receiving. A clearance rate below 100% represents a court that is disposing of fewer cases than it is receiving. This measure includes only felony cases, which are handled by the Fulton County Superior Court.
This measure represents the percentage of women in Fulton County who receive care from a doctor at least once during pregnancy to help ensure the health of the mother and baby. Prenatal visits to a doctor generally include a physical exam and weight checks. Depending on the stage of the pregnancy, it may also include blood tests and imaging tests, such as ultrasound exams. Visits may also include discussions about the mother's health, the infant's health, and any questions about the pregnancy.
This measure tracks the number of sanitary sewer overflows reported by Fulton County. This measure currently applies only to the sanitary sewer system operated by Fulton County and does not include the City of Atlanta sewer system. A sanitary sewer overflow is a condition in which untreated sewage is released into the environment. Most overflows in the Fulton County system in recent years have been caused by blockages from debris or grease with roots often being a contributing or primary factor. Other causes have included physical failure of the sewer line and mechanical failure of pumps.
This measure tracks the percentage of residents who lack convenient access to markets where healthy foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables are sold. Factors restricting access include physical proximity, access to a vehicle and household income. The calculation of the percentage required an in-depth analysis of data related to the locations of food markets. The methodology for the analysis drew from work by the U.S. Department of Agriculture aimed at identifying "food deserts" across the country; however, in order to better inform policy decisions at the local level, the analysis was performed using geographic units roughly equating to neighborhoods.
Average Medicare reimbursements are used here to estimate health care spending per person in Fulton County. While Medicare reimbursements do not capture spending by everyone receiving health care, it does serve as a useful means of comparing spending between different parts of the U.S. The data used for this measure come from the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care, which calculates average reimbursements per person for U.S. counties using Medicare claims from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Average rates of spending are adjusted for regional differences in prices and for the age, sex and race of the underlying Medicare population.
About 26,000 individuals were booked into the Fulton County Jail in the course 2017 after being arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor or felony violations or for such things as failure to appear in court or probation violations. Some people may spend only hours in jail before being released on bond while others may spend months awaiting trial for serious crimes or after being sentenced to serve time. This measure tracks the daily number of detainees in any of the Fulton County jail facilities averaged over the course of a year.