Nassau County, NY - March 26, 2014 - Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano is pleased to announce that Nassau County ranks as one of the healthiest counties in New York State. The County Health Rankings, a report released today by University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, ranks Nassau County as number one in New York in terms of health factors and number six 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 ranks as one the healthiest counties in New York State,” said County Executive Mangano. “I am proud of the quality of health care, education and the beautiful parks and beaches that are accessible to the residents of Nassau County. This report is a testament to the combined efforts of businesses, health care providers, schools and government working together in Nassau County to improve the health and safety of our residents.”
The Rankings, available at www.countyhealthrankings.org includes a snapshot of each county in New York with a color-coded map comparing each county’s overall health ranking. Researchers looked at “health factors” that affect people’s health within four categories; health behavior, clinical care, social and economic factors, and physical environment. The health factors include measurements such as, high school graduation rates, rates of smoking, access to exercise opportunities, obesity and teen births.
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, the rate of premature death, the percent 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-birthweight infants.
“I am proud of the efforts and collaborative partnerships between the Department of Health, the health care community, local schools and community-based partners who strive to promote and protect the health and safety of our residents,” said Commissioner of Health Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein. “Our partners will continue to work together to achieve high outcomes for all residents of Nassau County.”
For more information about the County Health Rankings visit www.countyhealthrankings.org.