County Well being Rankings & Roadmaps, a program of the College of Wisconsin Inhabitants Well being Institute, ranks counties based mostly on numerous well being components annually, and has listed Oneida County as one of many least wholesome counties in New York for 2022.
The rankings take note of high quality of life, well being behaviors, availability of medical care and environmental components.
Oneida County is within the lowest vary for its present state of healthiness, however barely greater — within the lower-middle vary — when contemplating well being components that may be modified to enhance high quality of life.
Oneida County Public Well being Director Dan Gilmore says the low rating is due, partly, to the alternatives group members make concerning their well being.
“Completely, private decisions do play a job on this,” he mentioned. “And lots of of those components are past our management. Well being outcomes aren’t managed immediately by the well being division…they’re truly managed by folks’s decisions and different components in the neighborhood.”
The county additionally carried out a group well being evaluation in the beginning of the 12 months to assist establish areas of focus for the well being division and native hospitals. The 4 areas recognized had been: psychological and emotional well being; continual illness prevention and screenings; substance abuse prevention and remedy; and maternal and little one well being care.
Each Herkimer and Otsego counties are ranked within the more healthy ranges.
All 62 counties had been ranked so as from greatest to worst. Right here’s how native counties stacked up:
- Otsego County: No. 18
- Herkimer County: No. 28
- Oneida County: No. 53
See how the counties examine to one another in several classes beneath: