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NYS ranked Top 10 for Health; County Focuses on Health Priorities

New York State Ranked Among Top 10 in the Nation for Health

Chemung County Focuses on Local Health Priorities 

ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker announced that New York made the largest five-year gain of all 50 states in this year's annual America's Health Rankings report. New York was ranked 10th in 2017, rising from 18th in 2012. When the rankings were first created in 1990, New York was ranked 40th in the nation.

"New York's steadfast commitment to improving the health of all New Yorkers is reflected in the latest rankings, which show we have continued to make significant gains, not just in the last five years, but over the last 28 years," said Dr. Zucker. "Under Governor Cuomo's direction, our tireless pursuit of policies that address the social factors that affect health is paying off. However, our work is not done. We will continue to work toward making New York the healthiest state in the nation."

New York's success has been driven in recent years by the state's Prevention Agenda, which serves as the blueprint for state and local action to improve public health. To achieve the Prevention Agenda goal of becoming the healthiest state in the nation, New York is focusing increased attention on the social determinants of health such as housing, transportation and education, and incorporating a Health Across all Policies approach to its work.

The report recognized several of New York's accomplishments, including a low prevalence of obesity, a high number of primary care physicians and a low rate of premature deaths. Additionally, in the past five years, the percentage of New Yorkers without health insurance decreased dramatically. New York was also acknowledged for an increase in rates of HPV immunization among girls aged 13 to 17 over the past several years.

The Chemung County Health Department continues working on Prevention Agenda priorities through the Health Priorities Partnership. The County has two health priorities:

  • Prevent chronic disease by reducing illness, disability, and death related to hypertension, tobacco use and second hand smoke, and obesity in adults and children.
  • Promote mental health and prevent substance abuse by preventing non-medical prescription opioid use and overdose.

Dawn Bush, Public Health Program Coordinator, reports, “Significant strides have been made right here in Chemung County.  Tobacco use has gone down, 16 worksites passed tobacco-free policies, breastfeeding initiation rates increased, hypertension control rates are high, and there are many efforts in the community to address substance abuse“.

The Health Priorities Partnership is a multi-disciplinary group of community organizations that meet and work together to address the health priorities of Chemung County residents.  Community members are welcome at all meetings.  For more information please contact Dawn Bush at the Chemung County Health Dept. at 607-737-2856.

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