Quality of Life Indicators

Quality of life indicators are used in conjunction with demographic data to help describe the soci-economic conditions in which a person makes health behavior choices and the barriers to healthy living that exist. Education is another important determinant of health. Described below are two indicators: education and poverty.

Why we measure this: Education is key in giving people the tools they need for a productive and healthful life.

How is Cherokee Nation doing?

The data from figure x depicts the percent of people over the age of 25 with less than a high school education. The data are derived from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System with the exception of the Cherokee specific data which come from the 2011 American Indian Adult Tobacco Survey. Overall, Native Americans and Cherokees have about double the percentage of people with less than a high school education.

Why we measure this: As mentioned earlier, socio-economic status is an important determinant of healthy. Although the definition of “poverty” can be different among sources of  information, the data are useful from a public health perspective.

How is Cherokee Nation doing?

Native American specific data at the county level could not be accurately depicted, however, based on the available data, there are wide disparities within the 14 counties of the TJSA, with Cherokee, Delaware, and Adair counties having the highest poverty rates among all races.