Every three years, the Macon County Health Department completes a community health assessment to get an idea of how the county stacks up to other counties in the state. With the last assessment being completed in 2012, health department staff are gearing up to complete the assessment in 2015. In off years, to stay on track, the department completes a State of the County Health Report, to stay on top of health issues in Macon County.
The 2014 assessment shows that heart disease stands as the greatest cause of death in Macon County, claiming 231 deaths according to the report. Trachea, bronchus, and lung cancer are listed as the second highest death cause in the county, followed by chronic lower respiratory disease, Cerenrovascular disease, and Alzheimer's disease.
While the top five leading causes of death in Macon County were discussed by the board of Health, Becky Barr, Population Health Section Administrator for the county, also noted that Macon County has several causes of death ranking in higher than the state average, something she hopes the county can work to improve in the future. Macon County is above the state average for deaths related to each of the top five leading causes of death in the county, as well as, breast cancer, suicide, and liver disease.