of the Legislature in sustaining our level of commitment to public health in Albany
“As in the past 3 years of the National County Health Rankings, Albany County ranks in
the top quartile in the category of Health Factors and in the second quartile whenranked on Health Outcomes, said Albany County Health Commissioner Dr. James B.
Crucetti. “This report adds helpful information to the County’s Community Health
Assessment, which is used for countywide planning with many community partners thatare committed to promoting the health of residents in our county.The County Health Rankings show where Albany County is on factors that influence itsoverall health ranking. The Rankings show that Albany County has strengths in thefollowing areas:
Health Behaviors, ranked 15 out of 62 counties
Clinical Care, ranked 6 out of 62 counties
Social & Economic Factors, ranked 16 out of 62 counties and
Physical Environment, ranked 15 out of 62 countiesThis report will be used by the county to build on successes and mobilize communitypartners to take action and implement programs and policy changes in areas to further promote overall health in Albany County. As an example, the Healthy Capital DistrictInitiative (a partnership of area hospitals, health insurers, local health departments, andothers) is conducting a community health planning process to identify local health needsand collaboratively implement health improvement interventions.
In addition, the AlbanyCounty Strategic Alliance for Health focuses on lowering risk factors that lead to chronicdiseases by promoting physical activity, reducing tobacco use, and improving access to
fresh fruits and vegetables in the City of Albany’s Arbor Hill, West Hill, North Albany,
and South End neighborhoods.
“Albany County’s Department of Health should b
e proud of the tremendous outreach
and education the staff already does 365 days a year,” said Albany County Legislator Mary Lou Connolly, Chairwoman of the County Health Committee. “I firmly believe
Albany County consistently ranks well because of the number and variety of clinics,programs and services that are offered on a regular basis. And when a crisis hits like
with H1N1, our staff and entire county mobilizes to respond quickly and effectively.”
Published on-line at www.countyhealthrankings.org by the University of Wisconsin
Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), therankings assess the overall health of nearly every county in all 50 states, using astandard way to measure how healthy people are and how long they live.
The rankings consider factors that affect people’s health within four categories: health
behavior, clinical care, social and economic factors and physical environment. This
year’s rankings inclu
de several new measures, such as dentist per capita and drinkingwater safety.