Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano is pleased to announce that Nassau County ranks as one of the healthiest counties in New York State, according to the 2015 Annual County Health Rankings. In a report released today by University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Nassau County ranks number one out of all 63 counties in New York State for health factors and has moved up to fifth place for health outcomes. This ranking is based on a comprehensive report that ranks the overall health of nearly every county in all 50 states by using standardized measures.
“Nassau County’s ranks as one the healthiest counties in New York State,” said County Executive Mangano. “I am proud of the professional excellence demonstrated by the Department of Health and all the work they do to promote and protect the health of all who live, work and visit Nassau County. This report is a testament to the combined efforts of government, businesses, health care providers, schools and community-based organizations working together to improve the health and safety of Nassau County residents.”
The Rankings, available at http://www.countyhealthrankings.org include a snapshot of each county in New York. Researchers looked at “health factors” that affect people’s health within four categories; health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and physical environment. These health factors include measurements such as, adult smoking, adult obesity and drinking water violations.
County Health Rankings researchers also used five measures to assess the level of overall health or “health outcomes” for New York by county such as, rates of premature death, the percentage of people who report being in fair or poor health, the numbers of days people report being in poor physical and poor mental health, and the rate of low-birth weight infants.
“I am proud of our Department staff who work tirelessly every day to protect the health of all, and I thank County Executive Mangano for his support of the Department of Health,” said Commissioner of Health Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein. “We will continue to work together with our world class health care partners to achieve great public health outcomes for all Nassau County residents.”
For more information about the County Health Rankings visit http://www.countyhealthrankings.org.