Oakland County ranks third for health behaviors and sixth for health factors among Michigan’s 83 counties, according to the County Health Rankings Report released Wednesday. The report is produced by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson credited the county’s Health Division and his administration’s quality of life initiatives for the impressive scores.
“A vigorous public health program combined with our quality of life initiatives that promote active and healthy lifestyles such as The Brooksie Way, Count Your Steps and OakFit are working together to make Oakland County a healthier place to live, work, and play,” Patterson said.
Oakland County has improved and/or maintained its position in 20 areas such as health factors, health behaviors, adult smoking, adult obesity, residents attending college, and violent crime rate. In addition, the county measures up well for overall health outcomes, ranking 22nd in Michigan. Oakland County ranks ahead of neighboring Wayne and Macomb counties.
“We are pleased with our overall health ranking,” said Kathy Forzley, Oakland County Health Division manager/health officer. “The county continues to either improve or maintain in key measures of health.”
The report – based on multiple factors that influence health – is the only tool of its kind that measures the overall health of the nation’s more than 3,100 counties. New measures this year include dentist ratio, daily fine particulate, and drinking water safety. For more information about the health rankings or to review the report, go to oakgov.com/health.
Oakland County Health Division has a variety of programs and services that support healthy lifestyles by promoting and encouraging healthy behaviors; improving infant health; increasing accessibility of health services; ensuring a safe and clean environment; preparing for emergencies; and reducing the threat and preventing the spread of diseases.