Pender County's "10 Leading Causes of Death 2015-2019," may be found at the above link. The rates for eight of the ten leading causes can often be preventable. There are many challenges when trying to implement health promotion and disease prevention activities that address physical activity, healthy nutrition, injury prevention, and avoidance of tobacco and other substances.
Life expectancy rates from 2017-2019 show the average life expectancy for Pender County residents at birth was 77.3 years of age. Life expectancy for women was 80.3 years compared to 74.4 years for men. Racial disparities are found as African Americans' life expectancy was 73.8 years of age compare to whites'with an average life expectancy of 77.9 years.
Pender County remains a provider-shortage area with 3.8 dentists per 10,000 residents (NC 5.0) and 2.7 primary care physicians per 10,000 residents (NC 8.0). The lack of health care providers presents increased barriers to healthcare access resulting in lack of preventive screening services and treatment for illnesses.
Morbidity/Mortality Data Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic
In addition to the normal changes in morbidity/mortality for 2019, there were many unexpected deaths due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most recent COVID-19 Data in Pender County can be found here. As of June 1, 2021, Pender County has experienced 71 deaths.