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Davis County ranks 7th for health in Utah
by TOM BUSSELBERG
Apr 02, 2014 | 1248 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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BOUNTIFUL - Davis County is ranked seventh in a health rankings report released over the weekend.

That puts it comfortably ahead of Salt Lake County, which came in 12th, but below Utah County, which came in fourth.

The report by the Robert Wood Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute measures everything from low birth rate and adult obesity levels to the number of primary care physicians, per capita.

The top five counties in the report, in addition to Utah, were Morgan, Cache, Wasatch and Garfield.

“Overall, we’re pretty pleased at the ranking Davis County gets,” said Davis County Health Director Lewis Garrett. “We hover between 5th and 7th place amongst the counties of Utah.”

He noted that environmental aspects of the report tend to pull the county down, slightly, while “the quality of life aspect, from a public health standpoint, is very, very good.”

Here is a breakdown by category of how Davis County scored:

¢ For health outcomes and length of life, it scored seventh.

¢ Quality of Life saw the county place eighth of 29 counties. Categories included poor or fair health, 10 percent, compared to 12 percent for the state average; poor physical health days, 3.1, vs. 3.3 for the state; an average of three poor mental health days were reported, compared to a 3.2 state average.

Some 6.9 percent of babies were born with low birth weight, even with the state average. In terms of health factors and behaviors, the county came in fourth.

Six percent of adults smoked vs. 9 percent statewide, an adult obesity, at 25 percent, matched the state average. On the food environment index, the county scored 8.1 vs. 7.6 for the state, physical inactivity was 16 percent vs. 17 for the state; access to exercise opportunities was 80 percent vs. 75 percent state average.

Excessive drinking stood at 7 percent, below 9 percent for the state; alcohol-impaired driving deaths were at 18 percent vs. 20 percent for the state; teen births were 24 per thousand vs. 31 for the state.

Clinical Care had the county come in at third place. Uninsured were 12 percent vs. 17 percent, primary care physicians were one for every 2,093 people vs. one for every 1,800 in the state; there was one dentist for every 1,603 people vs. 1,534 for the state; mental health providers were one for every 970 vs. one for every 597; some 86 percent took part in diabetic screenings vs. 84 percent; 59 percent had mammography screenings, 1 percent higher than the state average.

The county placed third in social and economic factors. High school graduation was 82 percent vs. 76 percent; some college 75 percent compared to 68 percent; unemployment 5.3 percent vs. 5.7 percent; 10 percent of children lived in poverty compared to 16 percent in the state; inadequate social support, 13 percent vs. 15 percent; children in single parent households, 16 percent vs. 18 percent; violent crime, 107 vs. 207; injury deaths, 48 vs. a 60 average for the state.

The physical environment was the worst for the county, at 19. Air pollution, particulate matter was 12.3 vs. 11.4 for the state; drinking water violations, 17 percent vs. 12 percent; severe housing problems, 11 percent vs. 15 percent; driving alone to work, 79 percent compared to 76 percent, and long commute driving alone, 27 percent vs. 24 percent.

“When we compare all these metrics against other counties in the country, we typically rank in the 90th percentile. We look awesome, when we’re compared to the rest of the country,” Garrett said. 

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