Study Ranks Health of All 62 NY Counties
A new report finds a mixed bag when it comes to ranking the health of Oneida County compared to other New York counties.
In the category of Health Factors, Oneida County ranks 41st in 2018, up from 52nd last year. That includes indicators in the areas of health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors and the physical environment.
In a release from the Oneida County Health Department, they note ''Adult smoking, access to exercise opportunities and the percent of people who have health insurance improved...''
“I am pleased to see that Oneida County’s health rankings have improved this year thanks to the hard work of Director of Health Phyllis Ellis and her dedicated department,” said Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. in statement. “Public health is a major priority of this administration, and the initiatives that have been instituted by the Health Department have had a positive impact on the services we deliver.”
The study also ranked NY counties by Health Outcomes, breaking it down into Quality of Life and Length of Life.
Oneida County currently ranks 51st in the Length of Life category - down from 49th in 2017, and 39th in 2016. In the sub-category Quality of Life, Oneida's ranking improved from 56th last year to 47th this year.
Taking a snapshot of neighboring counties in the report:
Madison County ranked 23rd in Health Factors, overall. In Health Outcomes, Madison County ranked 8th in Quality of Life and 26th in Length of Life.
Herkimer County was listed as 30th in Quality of Life, but 60th in Length of Life. Their overall county rank in the Health Factors category was 54.
The reports was compiled by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.