Overview of the Chronic Disease Epidemiology Section
The Chronic Disease Epidemiology Section is housed within the MDHHS Lifecourse Epidemiology and Genomics Division. This section provides an epidemiologic understanding of prevention, management, and control of chronic diseases in Michigan, and supports the surveillance, planning, targeting and evaluation needs of a variety of departmental programs.
Chronic diseases account for seven of the 10 leading causes of death in Michigan and are responsible for a great deal of morbidity and disability. Over 60 percent of Michigan's adult population suffers from a chronic disabling condition, such as arthritis, heart disease, hypertension, or diabetes. In addition, over 95 percent of Michigan adults report behaviors that lead to many chronic diseases, such as smoking, unhealthy diet, lack of physical activity, and alcohol use.
Staff of the Chronic Disease Epidemiology Section are funded to work in the focus areas highlighted below. Click on the images or titles below to access surveillance data and epidemiologic findings specific to each of the focus areas covered by the Chronic Disease Epidemiology Section.
Chronic Disease GIS Book of Maps