DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Montgomery County residents have some work to do when it comes to their health.
A new report released Thursday ranks the county 70th out of the 88 Ohio counties in health outcomes. It ranks 51st in health factors.
Public Health-Dayton & Montgomery County says the report demonstrates the need for a community health improvement plan.
The 2015 County Health Rankings rank the overall health of people in all 50 states using a standard formula.
It includes measures like how long people live and their quality of life.
Health factors include health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic environments and physical environments.
The idea behind the report to find ways to improve people’s health standards. It helps health organizations prioritize their efforts in programs that help keep people healthy.
As an example, in Montgomery County, the percentage of smokers is 21%. The county might take that finding to develop new anti-smoking campaigns.
Another interesting figure from the findings is a 30% obesity rate in Montgomery County and 25% don’t get enough physical exercise.
“These data support the findings we presented in our 2014 Community Health Assessment. Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County will use this information to engage stakeholders in the development and implementation of a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP),” says Jeff Cooper, Montgomery County Health Commissioner. “There are unique challenges associated with health improvement in large urban areas. We know there is much work to be done and the CHIP will provide a clearer vision for community-wide interventions while focusing on improving health equity and reducing health disparities. By investing in programs and policy changes that remove barriers to better health, the entire community will benefit.”
The highest ranking county in the Miami Valley is Warren County with an overall health ranking of 7 while Greene County is next with an overall health ranking of 12. Only Clark County fared worse than Montgomery County with a health ranking of 74.
The report was conducted by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.