March 19, 2018 4:00 a.m.
Douglas County is still rated low when it comes to heath rankings for counties around the state.
The newest rankings were released late last week. County Public Health Administrator Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer says the county has moved up a bit in some areas, but there is still work to be done. He says the health rankings have not varied much. .In 2011 the county was ranked 31st and in 2018 is ranked 32nd among Oregon’s 36 counties. Jefferson is ranked the least healthy county in the state with Klamath, Lincoln and Josephine counties all ranked below Douglas County.
The rate of those smoking dropped from 17% to 16% in Douglas County. 30% of adults in the county are considered obese as compared to a statewide average of 27%. Dannenhoffer says the county is working with the Blue Zones project to address that issue. 21% of county residents are considered to be inactive while 16% of people statewide fall into that category. Meantime the percentage of children in poverty went from 31% last year to 23% this year
Dr. Dannenhoffer says many of the poor health factors affecting the county are associated with high rates of poverty.
Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer will talk about the rankings on the Morning Conversation Monday at 8:30 a.m. on News Radio 1240 KQEN.