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County health ratings continue to improve

— Essex County has again climbed the rankings of healthiest counties in the state of New York.

According to the County Health Rankings are conducted through a study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, Essex County ranks as the 16th healthiest in the state.

“Everyone has a stake in creating healthier communities,” Public Health Director Linda Beers said. “By working together and collaborating, we can have a much greater impact strengthening communities than any single sector working alone.”

Beers said that everyone in the department was is pleased that Essex County has risen in the overall rankings in the fourth year of findings.

“Like health departments across New York state, ECPH conducts regular community health assessments to monitor community health, identify priorities, and mobilize communities for action to address areas of concern,” Jessica Darney Buehler said.

The Rankings show how much our quality of life and health outcomes are linked to factors such as our social and economic conditions, environment, health behaviors, and access to clinical care.

In a breakdown of factors, Essex County was 14th in mortality rankings and 16th in morbidity, 16th in health behaviors. The county’s highest rankings came in physical environment factors (second), while its lowest came in social and economic factors (32nd) and clinical care (37th).

Only Warren County (12th) ranked higher than Essex locally, which was followed by Clinton (26th), Franklin (36th), Washington (42nd), St. Lawrence (57th) and Hamilton (58th).

The full report is available at www.countyhealthrankings.org. To view data collected through the last locally conducted community health assessment, visit co.essex.ny.us/PublicHealth and click on Data-Community Health on the home page menu.

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