Rockland County was ranked second in New York State for overall health outcomes and sixth in health factors by the annual County Health Rankings issued by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
The overall health ranking is an improvement over last year’s rank of third place, while the county went up two notches in the health factors category. Overall health of a county is measured by two types of health outcomes: how long people live (length of life) and how healthy people feel while alive (quality of life).
Health factors in the County Health Rankings represent what influences the health of a county. Four types of health factors are measured: health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and physical environment. The report looks at more than 30 factors that affect health such as education, employment, housing, tobacco use, and access to health care, and compares counties in each state.
“Rockland County has ranked one of the top five counties in New York State for overall health since 2011, a tribute to all the wonderful work done by our Health Department staff, as well as to our successful partnerships with community and faith organizations, health care providers, schools, worksites, and municipalities. We still have much work to do, however this report shows that we are taking important steps towards achieving our goal of keeping all Rockland County residents healthy and safe,” said Dr. Ruppert.