Please be sure to read the data notes & limitations page. This explains many aspects of these comments, including how only changes over time can be discussed as statistically significant, and why the comparisons with national rates discuss data for selected subgroups.
Overview of Findings
Findings for Nebraska were limited to two objectives and were encouraging. Overall mortality decreased among older adolescents and young adults and motor vehicle crash mortality decreased substantially.
Nebraska’s overall mortality rate for young adults compared favorably to the corresponding national rate. Nebraska had slightly higher rates for overall mortality among older adolescents and motor vehicle crash mortality.
Highlights of Findings by Objective
The rate of overall mortality in Nebraska decreased among older adolescents and young adults. The decrease among White older adolescent males was particularly steep. In 2007, males had higher rates than females. Among young adults, this gender gap was more than three-fold.
Comparison with national data. As in Nebraska, mortality rates decreased among older adolescents nationally. In contrast to Nebraska, however, mortality increased among young adults nationally. In 2007, rates of mortality for young and older adolescents in Nebraska were slightly higher than national rates for those groups. The Nebraska rate for young adults was much lower than the national rate for that group. The national gender pattern roughly matched the pattern noted for Nebraska.
(motor vehicle crashes)
Adolescent mortality in Nebraska due to motor vehicle crashes (MVC) decreased substantially from baseline. In 2007, males had much higher rates of MVC mortality than females.
Comparison with national data. The national rate of adolescent motor vehicle mortality was essentially flat from baseline, in contrast to a large decrease in Nebraska. In 2007, the rate of MVC mortality for Nebraska was slightly higher than the national rate. The national gender pattern roughly matched the pattern noted for Nebraska.
Additional data may be available at: NE Department of Health & Human Services