Top Causes of Years of Potential Life Lost by Race/Ethnicity

New York Finger Lakes Region

The chart shows the top causes of premature death based on the rate of years of potential life lost (YPLL) by race and ethnicity in the Finger Lakes Region. Across nearly every leading cause of death in the Finger Lakes, Black (non-Latino) residents lost years of life at a higher rate than White or Latino residents. The only exception is deaths due to suicide, where White residents have the highest YPLL rate. Among Latinos, unintentional drug overdose caused more years of potential life lost than any other cause.  

This data visualization is part of Unheard: How Silencing Latino Voices Harms Latino Health Equity.

Methodology note: Years of potential life lost (YPLL) is a widely used measure to assess the rate of premature mortality. YPLL places a larger weight on the deaths of younger people, in contrast with overall mortality statistics which are dominated by deaths of the elderly. The YPLL rates in Common Ground Health analyses are derived using 75 years as the baseline. A death at age 65 has YPLL of 10, where as a death at age 35 has a YPLL of 40. The rates are calculated per 100,000 population and are age-sex adjusted to account for differences in population distribution.

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