Collin County health receives top rankings

Date: Friday, January 07, 2011
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Article courtesy Collin County Public Information Office
 
Collin County residents have the best overall health status of all Texas counties, according to a report from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.  Collin County is ranked first in health factors, which influence the health of a county, and ranked second in health outcomes, which represent the current health of a county. Williamson County (Georgetown) ranked first.
 
“We in Collin County are fortunate to have diverse and excellent medical providers and facilities serving our residents,” Collin County Health Care Director Candy Blair said.  “As a county government agency we appreciate that it takes all of Collin County’s medical providers working together to build a safety net of care.  Identifying and analyzing community healthcare needs are only starting points.  We need to continue to work hard to improve access to care and continuity of care by building on our current partnerships with our hospitals, community leaders, low-income clinics, non-profit organizations, health care providers and patients to improve health care access for all Collin County residents.”   
 
The Population Health Institute’s report ranks most all of the counties within a state according to factors affecting health outcomes (length of life and quality of life) and health factors (health behaviors, access to and quality of healthcare, social and economic factors, environment, and programs and policies).  
 
“For the first time, counties can get a snapshot of how healthy their residents are by comparing their overall health and the factors that influence their health, with other counties in their state,” the report stated. “This will allow them to see county-to-county where they are doing well and where they need to improve. Everyone has a stake in community health. We all need to work together to find solutions. The County Health Rankings serve as both a call to action and a needed tool in this effort.”
 
Under health outcomes, Collin County ranked second overall, with Williamson County (Georgetown) ranked first overall. Collin County ranked first in mortality, which is based on the length of life as a measure of premature death, or the years of potential life lost prior to age 75. 
 
Under health factors, Collin County ranked first overall and first in health behaviors, which includes smoking, diet, exercise, alcohol use, and risky sexual behavior. The county also ranked first in social and economic factors, which measures education, employment, income, family and social support, and community safety. The county ranked third in clinical care, which measures access to care and the quality of care. 
 
Texas has 254 counties, 221 of which were included in this study. 
 
The full University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute’s County Health Rankings report, underwritten by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is available online at
http://www.co.collin.tx.us/public_information/features/documents/TX_Health_Ranks.pdf. 
 
For more information about the institute and this project, visit www.countyhealthrankings.org.
 
 
 

 


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Thursday, July 1, 2010
July 9, Chick-fil-A restaurants nationwide will celebrate their annua...
Undiscovered gem: Emerald Lotus
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Transition begins when walking into the Emerald Lotus studio in downto...
Schools out but not forgotten
Friday, June 25, 2010
Its not too early to start shopping for school supplies and donating t...
Holliday in the park
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Local country singer Jolie Holliday, center, and her band were feature...
House of Bad Habits NTMWD launches 2010 water awareness campaign
Thursday, June 17, 2010
This summer, the North Texas Municipal Water District is introducing t...
Vocal Trash bangs out series kickoff
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Local band Vocal Trash kicked off the Picnic by the Pond concert serie...
Memorial Day commemorated at Decatur-Maxwell-Murphy Cemetery
Thursday, June 02, 2010
Roll Call and a 21-gun salute helped commemorate Memorial Day at the D...
McMillen High principal appointed
Sunday, May 30, 2010
George King, current principal at Bowman Middle School, has been selec...
She did it!
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Paige Wallace shaved her head May 22 and collected nearly $5,000 in do...
Friends to mans best friend
Friday, May 27, 2010
Approximately $1,800 was raised at the third annual Poochypalooza, a c...
Singing stars shine in local competition
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Amber and Alyssa Bottlinger of Murphy are one singing competition away...
Time capsule buried
Thursday, May 20, 2010
City Council and City Manager James Fisher buried a time capsule on th...
Vineyard owners hosting Animal Control benefit
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Love of animals and a desire to contribute to a solution to unwanted, ...
Mistrial declared in Big, Bad trial
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Students use Murphy courtroom to try carnivores caseAfter long del...
Murphy cook chosen as finalist in bake-off
Thursday, May 06, 2010
Renee Herrington from Murphy was one of 100 finalists competing for a ...
Shave and a haircut raises funds, Locks of Love for childhood cancer
Thursday, May 06, 2010
Hair products to make your hair curlier, or a different color, or to e...
Fire causes Neighborhood Grocery evacuation
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Caleb Cave snapped these photos of a fire at the Walmart Neighborhood ...
Taking advantage of the March wind
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Children from the Murphy Road Baptist Church Parents' Day Out program ...
Realty group connects Murphy home sellers, buyers
Friday, March 12, 2010
It is said that tough times bring out innovative thinking, especially ...
Valentines Day re-visited
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Miller students celebrated delayed heart-felt holiday...
Quick stop
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Jasmine Caston pulls up while dribbling the ball upcourt during the Fe...
No business like snow business
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Boggess kindergarteners Cece Walker, left, and Payton Leonard are all ...
New city logo, tagline approved
Thursday, February 18, 2010
In a 5-2 vote, city council approved a new city logo and tagline at th...
For these chairmen, its down to business
Thursday, February 13, 2010
Steve Long works out at Peak Physical Fitness....
It's snow time!
Friday, February 12, 2010
Boggess Elementary Principal Mark Speck catches some snowflakes on his...
Mardi Gras event fattens band purse
Thursday, February 11, 2010
After taking a swing dance lesson from Raza Begg, Ashley Moore and Tyl...
Young musicians highlight third annual Black History Month concert
Saturday, February 06, 2010
Members of the 2009-10 Strings of Color Orchestra are Alicia Best, Ari...
Texas Parks, Wildlife grants city $1.25 M
Thursday, February 04, 2010
Old Murphy School Community Center on North Murphy Road is long overdu...
From the rubble, blessings emerge
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Missionary from Haiti shares stories, hope...
Joy in student success earmarks of 10 teachers of the year
Thursday, January 28, 2010
David Wirtz and Sally Mooter, beginning and experienced teachers of th...
Chamber businesses go all in
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Nathan Nakamura (standing, SIG Insurance), Tirrell Richard (center, We...
Plano Metro Ballet off to see the wizard
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Dorothy (Jennifer Larsen of Wylie) talks with Toto (Sydney Adams of Mu...
Annual Best of Murphy readers poll returns
Saturday, January 16, 2010
On a scale of one to 10, this year should be perfect!...
On with the show
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Cold weather cant stop annual livestock competition...
Holiday howdy
Thursday, January 07, 2010
Ben Wetzel, 4, performs as part of the Calico Kids Christmas Show Trou...
Travis Farm Park construction started
Thursday, January 07, 2010
Assistant City Manager Jeff Bickerstaff, left, and Councilmember John ...
2009: a year of transition
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Internal restructuring, community outreach highlight year...
Still no word on missing St. Paul man
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Daughter says he, his truck have vanished into thin air...
FBC celebrates Christmas Eve in new facility
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Despite their best efforts, the 1980s steeple from the old church didn...
Search for messiest garage begins
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Professional organizers group looks to transform storage space...
Grab your partner
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Students at Hunt Elementary recently partnered up in P.E. class to lea...
O Tannenbaum
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Community gathers for tree lighting...
Sensory overload challenges learners
Saturday, December 05, 2009
Special learners endure many challenges, including sensory overload. A...
Hard landing
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Plano East wide receiver Cody Darden gets driven headfirst into the Co...
50 tons loaded, filling pantry shelves
Wednesday, November 26, 2009
Volunteers rally to help Gods Food provide for others...
Tibbals students take Rachels Challenge
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Rachel Scott has a challenge for Wylie ISD schools....
Round one goes to East
Thursday, November 19, 2009
The Plano East Panthers defeated the Irving MacArthur Cardinals in the...
Dance signals
Friday, November 13, 2009
Golden Girls Senior Lt. Allison Bowers and senior Brittany Dalton perf...
Historic marker dedicated at Murphy cemetery
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Murphy Middle School student Jeff Ptak plants bulbs at the grave of Ro...
Murphy game inventor puts moves on chess
Sunday, November 08, 2009
New game challenges AI programmers...
History Blooms! at Murphy cemetery
Saturday, November 07, 2009
Historical marker recognition, planting set for Saturday...
Classic costumes
Thursday, November 05, 2009
Lukas Nesbit was the quintessential vampire Count Dracula at the Cla...
Gods Pantry needs help
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Almost-empty shelves at Gods Food Pantry highlight the need for giving...
Halloween Safety Tips
Friday, October 30, 2009
Halloween safety is everyones responsibility...
Long live the queen
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Angela Boone receives yellow roses after being named Plano East 2009-1...
Local artist puts Faith in Focus
Thursday, October 22, 2009
In tough times, it can be difficult to remember to have faith things w...
Perfect 28
Thursday, October 22, 2009
The band had a great performance and received Division 1, Superior Rat...
2009: a year of transition; part 2
Friday, January 01, 2009
Mayor Bret Baldwin: I feel like our greatest accomplishment this past ...
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