Madison County, Tennessee is a West Tennessee county is built on Chickasaw land explored and negotiated by many prominent Tennessee historical figures. Despite this, it does not have a large internet presence, so many sources were used to piece together this report. The principal city is Jackson, and the Madison County School System consists of 28 schools. Lambuth College, a subsidiary of the University of Memphis, and Jackson State Community College are two of the area’s institutions of higher learning. Its principal tourist attraction is the Pinson Mounds State Archeological Area, an early Native American site.
Madison County is 74% urban, and 36.1% if its population is black. Its citizens work in agriculture, mining/quarrying/oil/gas extraction, construction, food services, beverage/tobacco services, textiles, and apparel.
Madison County’s two hospitals, both in Jackson, are not currently financially endangered. 5,807 of its 98,294 citizens (5.91%) are in the Medicaid Gap. 18.4% live in poverty. In addition, 3,200 men and fewer than 3,200 women between 21 and 64 are considered employment disabled.
The main point of this profile is to highlight the county’s health dilemma by using the Years of Potential Life Lost measurement developed recently. To explain this measurement, I will repeat the information given previously.
The average normal age of death used here is 75, and all the recorded deaths in each county during a year are considered. For instance, if a person dies at 25, he/she contributes 50 years to the YPLL rate. The latest YPLL rates are for the years 2008-2010. What we are measuring here is PREMATURE MORTALITY. Accidents and diseases happen to everybody, but, by comparing counties, we can get an idea of the county’s general health. For instance, the wealthiest and healthiest county in Tennessee is Williamson County, and their YPLL as of 2008-2010 was 3,839 Years of Potential Life.
Madison County’s latest YPLL rate is 8,294 years of potential life lost. Its death per thousand rate generally tracked with the state average between 1990 and 2006. The fatal accident rate, however, was above the state average between 1993 and 2009, excluding 1995, 2002, 2005, and 2009. It should be noted this is a 557 square mile county with both hospitals in the same city.
Madison County’s state senator is Ed Jackson. Concerned citizens can contact his office electronically at email@example.com or telephone his office at 615-741-1810.