Placer County releases comprehensive health report; first in nearly two decades

Placer County is proud to release the 2017 Community Health Status Assessment, a comprehensive look at the health and well-being of Placer residents that identifies health trends and disparities.

While the county is ranked among the top five healthiest in the state, this report will help individuals and groups – from elected officials to healthcare providers to community members – make informed decisions to help spur action and address health challenges.

Seventy-three percent of residents feel that Placer County is a “very healthy” or “healthy” place to live. But how can we grow that sentiment even further? The Community Health Status Assessment explores data around a variety of indicators that impact health, including income levels, education, crime, nutrition and health care access — offering context with the data and noting where Placer County stands compared to California as a whole.

The Community Health Status Assessment is the first of its kind completed since 1999, and is part of a broader strategic planning process the county is undergoing involving extensive community input and data collection.

“We’re excited to share this assessment during National Public Health Week, as it will help our county engage in meaningful discussions around public health,” said Placer’s health officer, Dr. Robert Oldham. “We hope that the information in this report will encourage dialogue and help us set priorities and work collaboratively to keep our community healthy.”

The Community Health Status Assessment  is available on the Be Well Placer community dashboard at www.placerdashboard.org.