Oswego County’s Health Grades: Poor

A new report that compares each county in New York State for a variety of health-related factors finds that Oswego County often ranks near the bottom of the list.

The report from the University of Wisconsin’s Population Institute looks at data including the ages at which people die, their self-reported health conditions,  their health behaviors, their access to health care, social and economic factors and the environment around them.

Oswego County does well on only one main measure — the environment — ranking 20th among the state’s 62 counties.

On every other measure, the county ranks no higher than 43rd and on two measures,  health behaviors and clinical care, the county is next-to-last.

“For the first time, people have a tool to help identify what is making people in every county unhealthy,” says Patrick Remington, M.D., M.P.H., associate dean for public health at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in a press release accompanying the data. “We hope this kind of check-up will mobilize community leaders to take action and invest in programs and policy changes that make their counties healthier places to live.”

The college, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which funded the study, hope that the data is used to create improvements in healthy living in communities that rank poorly.

The college cites the case of a poorly-performing county in Kansas that used the information to improve public transportation and to create more opportunities for locally-grown fresh food to be sold.  These were two factors on which the county scored most poorly.

You can read the college’s full report here (pdf).

Oswego County’s data from the study is below:

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