Iowa Suicide Data In Charts, Graphics

Suicide prevention is getting attention in Iowa from several approaches. For example, the Legislature in 2014 directed the Iowa Department of Public Health and Department of Education to collaborate on advancing suicide prevention efforts. But some health care professionals worry that elderly suicide prevention does not get enough attention. The following graphics and charts, compiled at the end of 2014, provide illustrations and raw data for those interested in delving more into this public matter. Read an IowaWatch story that digs into this matter here.

Iowa’s Texting-While-Driving Ban Not Reducing Crashes, Hard To Enforce

Iowa’s law banning texting while driving is failing to reduce road crashes, and officers seldom enforce it because of legal restrictions, an IowaWatch investigation shows. Crash history reports from the Iowa Department of Transportation show that since the Iowa Legislature enacted it in July 2011, the law has not decreased cell-phone related crashes.

Raw Data: April 2014 Survey About College Debt, Job Prospects

IowaWatch survey of students at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and University of Northern Iowa about college debt and concerns about getting a job after graduation. Scroll down the document to see the raw data. The overall survey’s margin of error is plus or minus 3.8 percentage points. Margins of error increase for questions that fewer than 671 participants answered. RETURN TO MAIN STORY

Database: Iowa Farm Fatalities

Farm deaths accounted for more than 30 percent of all occupational fatalities in Iowa between 2001 and 2011, an IowaWatch analysis of data from the Iowa Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation program shows. Read more about farm fatalities and regulation in these reports:

Matter of Seconds: Farm Safety Regulation Hard to Come By In Iowa, by Sarah Hadley/IowaWatch
Matter of Seconds: OSHA Educates More Than It Enforces, by Robert Holly/The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
Matter of Seconds: As Deaths Add Up, Farmers ‘Walk the Grain’ Unprotected, by Robert Holly/The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

In analyzing the data, we focused on injuries that occurred while farmers, farm workers, farm family members and commercial grain bin workers were on-site. Fatalities that occurred during transportation were not included in the Farm-Related Fatalities category. The data includes farm-related fatality reports from 2001 through 2011 as well as charts illustrating trends in the data, such as the number of farm-related deaths as a percentage of the total occupational fatalities. Lauren Mills/IowaWatch

Database: Iowa’s Opportunity Gap

U.S. Census data show where black and Latino Iowans have fallen behind white Iowans when it comes to income, jobs, home ownership and high school and college degrees. IowaWatch obtained an analysis of 50 years of U.S. Census data from the Colorado-based public service journalism organization I-News, a member of the Investigative News Network to which IowaWatch belongs.