Health in Philadelphia


Most recent data reports indicate that Philadelphians experience health challenges at a higher percentage than others in the region and the nation. According to the Public Health Management Corporation, Philadelphia residents have higher rates of high blood pressure, diabetes, uninsurance, obesity, and tobacco use in comparison to the Southeastern Pennsylvania region as a whole. The following links can help you find out more about health in Philadelphia through some of the city’s leading health data, statistics, and reports.


  • Taking Philadelphia’s Temperature 2008
    Healthy People 2010 set forward two major goals, for the nation to increase quality and years of life, and to eliminate disparities in health. To advance these goals locally, the Philadelphia Department of Health introduced Taking Philadelphia’s Temperature as an assessment of vital and health statistics (such as mortality data) that measure the progress toward these goals, compares them to the nation, and addresses major risk factors.

  • Health Commissioner’s Grand Rounds
    “Public Health in Philadelphia: Economics, Health and Disparities”-January 2009
    This PowerPoint report highlights changes in the population in Philadelphia and looks at the health disparities that exist in the city compared to the country.

  • Leading Health Indicators in Philadelphia
    Look at a snapshot of our City’s health status produced by Healthy People 2010 and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.