Sarasota, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County recognizes the value in measuring health outcomes and today acknowledged the 2018 County Health Rankings & Road-maps tool released by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This study highlights the many community factors that influence health and uses established data, much of which is available from the department at www.FLHealthCHARTS.com.
“The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps help us understand what factors have influenced good health in our community and how we can continue to make Sarasota a healthy place to live, learn, work and play,” said Chuck Henry, Administrator, DOH – Sarasota, and the Director for Sarasota County Health and Human Services. “These rankings are a snapshot of the health of counties and emphasize health is not a singular effort but a combined work in progress across all community partners.”
The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County works in collaboration with local governments, non-profit organizations, health care facilities, business groups, schools, faith-based organizations and many other stakeholders to improve the health of all people in Sarasota County. These rankings use data related to physical environments, social and economic factors, health behaviors and clinical care.
In Sarasota County, the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) is designed to address specific opportunities for improved health that have been identified by the community. The department has partnered with many stakeholders to implement the CHIP and collaborates regularly to track progress.
The priority areas are healthy weight, behavioral health, including substance abuse and mental health, and access to care. The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps confirm the direction of the priority areas and work in the community.
To explore more health indicators in your county, visit www.FLHealthCHARTS.com.
About the Florida Department of Health
The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.