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County Executive McCoy Announces Progress in County Health Rankings

Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 1:16 PM

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy today announced that Albany County is making measurable progress on many health indicators according to the 2019 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute “County Health Rankings and Roadmaps.” The rankings show the overall health of counties compared to others throughout New York and the United States.

Some highlights of the report include:
• Albany County ranked 7th among New York’s 62 counties in terms of general “Health Factors,” which include things like individual behaviors, clinical care and social economic factors.
• It ranked 13th for “Health Behaviors,” which includes smoking, obesity and physical activity.
• It ranked 7th for “Social and Economic Factors,” including education, inequality and crime.
• It ranked 5th in the “Clinical Care” category, which includes the rate of uninsured below the age of 65 and availability of physicians.

“While we always want to improve our rankings on these reports, I think it’s important to take notice of the bright spots and some of the real progress we’re making in the County ensuring our residents are healthy, happy and thriving,” said County Executive McCoy. “I’m proud we reached the top ten and are better than the state average in a number of health factors like clinical care, the number of uninsured, college education, child poverty and unemployment. Furthermore, our overall health ranking among counties has steadily risen since 2016.”

“I believe some of the actions we’ve taken more recently, including raising the age to purchase tobacco to 21, banning tobacco products in pharmacies and investing in renewable energy, our parks and our prematurity improvement programs, will be further reflected in future reports,” he continued.

Since 2016, Albany County’s ranking among New York counties has dramatically improved, from the 35th spot to the current ranking of 22nd in overall health. The overall ranking includes the above Health Factors, as well as length and quality of life, which the County ranked 16th and 34th, respectively. Just this past year, County Executive McCoy invested in a fleet of electric vehicles and charge stations for the county after being named a “Clean Energy Community” by NYSERDA and oversaw the completion of the Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail and renovations at Lawson Lake County Park.

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Albany County ExecutiveDaniel P. McCoy