Essex County ranked 21st in state Healthy County study

— Essex County is in the top third of healthiest counties in the state of New York.

Public Health Director Linda Beers presented the findings of the most recent County Health Rankings and Roadmaps study, a national organization that specializes in the matter, which ranked Essex County as the 21st healthiest county in New York.

Beers said that most of the work done to compile the data for the survey was handled by Jessica Darney Buehler.

“Jessica Darney-Buehler was completely responsible for creating that report that you got and she did a fantastic job, so I would like to acknowledge her,” Beers said. “She is just terrific at her job and we are so grateful to have her.”

“The county health rankings is something that is done all across the U.S., it was started in 2010 to let the nation see how your county would rank against other counties across the nation,” Buehler said.

The study took into consideration health outcomes, including mortality and morbidity; along with health factors that included behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors along with physical environment. The county rated 21st in outcomes and 24 in factors.

The county was ranked second in physical environment (factors include air pollution markers, access to recreational facilities; access to healthy foods and access to fast food markets), while ranking 12th in morbidity (poor or fair health; poor physical health days; poor mental health days and low birthweight). The worst ranking came in clinical care, where the county was marked as 50th (factors include ratios based on uninsured residents, primary care physicians, preventable hospital stays, diabetic and mammography screenings).

Essex County was the highest rated county locally, with Warren County ranked 24th; Hamilton County 28th; Clinton County ranked 36th, Franklin County 43rd; Washington County 44th; and St. Lawrence County 58th.

The top three rated counties were Putnam, Tompkins and Saratoga counties; while the bottom three ranked counties were Chemung, Sullivan and Bronx.

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