Trends in Rates* of Injury Mortality Among 10-14 Year-Olds,
Colorado, HRSA Region VIII, United States, 1980 - 1998.

chart of injury mortality trends for the state chart of injury mortality trends for the state chart of injury mortality trends for the state
*Rates are 3-year running averages (see technical notes below).

Click on each chart to download a MS Excel workbook file that contains a spreadsheet with the data and the chart in a form suitable for inclusion in a printed document.

Source: CDC Wonder Compressed Mortality Files, available at:

Note:When viewing mortality and disability statistics, it is important to remember that the statistical events
occurred to individuals with lives, families, and friends.

Technical Notes: Consider these plots as general indicators of rate trends. In many states, for
most years, adolescent suicide and homicide deaths are rare events (< 20 deaths). Rates calculated
from rare events are said to be unreliable or unstable. Thus, the rates plotted are 3-year running-
averages. (The number of deaths for the year plotted, the year before, and the year after were summed.
That sum was then divided by 3. The population estimate for the year plotted was used as the
denominator to calculate the rate.)

The numerator for the HRSA Health Region rate was calculated from the sum of the events in all states
divided by the total population in the region; NOT the unweighted mean of the state rates.

The regional and national rates are also 3-year running averages.

Suggested Citation: D.W. Lawrence. Plots of Injury Mortality. San Diego, California: Children's Safety
Network, National Injury Data Technical Assistance Center, 1999; available at

This project was supported in part through a contract with the US DHH-HRSA Maternal and Child Health Bureau.

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