Lake County among healthiest in state, study shows

A public health report card that grades the health of America’s counties has again ranked Lake County among the healthiest counties in Illinois, according to a news release.Healthy Living

The report was developed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. It ranks Lake County sixth in Illinois for health factors (behaviors, clinical care, socio-economic stats and physical environment) and 15th for health outcomes (length and quality of life), the release stated.

There were 102 counties analyzed. Last year, Lake County ranked seventh in the state for health factors and 13th for health outcomes.

Article By LAKE COUNTY JOURNAL  Published: Tuesday, April 14, 2015 3:56 p.m. CDT

“While the rankings have shifted slightly since 2013, Lake County remains one of the top U.S. performers in many measures,” said Tony Beltran, executive director of the Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center.

Beltran said the rankings help Lake County identify areas for improvement and develop strategies that promote the health of local communities.

Lake County is improving in several health behavior areas. For example, with clinical care, more female Medicare patients ages 65-69 receive preventive mammography screenings than in years past. In addition, fewer Medicare enrollees had preventable hospital stays, and more Medicare patients monitored their diabetes, the release stated.

“We are pleased that Lake County is ranked as one of the healthiest counties in the state, but we also want to emphasize there is still work to be done in collaboration with community partners,” Beltran said.

Currently, the Health Department is working to reduce infectious diseases by making sure those living with HIV are aware of their status and know how to manage the disease. The Health Department provides care for one of every three individuals living with HIV or AIDS in the county, in addition to collaborating with the Lake County Opioid Initiative and law enforcement agencies to reduce the number of ER visits and deaths related to substance abuse, the release stated.

This is the sixth year for the County Health Rankings report. Visit www.countyhealthrankings.org for a full list.

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