PUTNAM COUNTY — Putnam County has once again been recognized as one of
the healthiest in the state. For the fourth year in a row the county
has been ranked third overall for the health of its residents.
to the County Health Commissioner Kim Reiman, this success can be
attributed to positive social factors. She states, “They look at things
called ‘social determinants of health.’ These are the conditions of
where you live, work, and play. If people feel good about where they
live, work, and play, and they feel safe, and they have good social
support from family and friends; they are finding that those individuals
lead a healthier lifestyle. That is one of the things that made us good
overall.” The collected data demonstrates the truth in this statement.
Putnam County is ranked second in the state overall for both social and
economic factors, and quality of life factors.
There is, of
course, always room for improvement. Putnam County continues to rank
poorly in health behaviors such smoking, obesity, and excessive alcohol
consumption. Community groups have been formed and tasked with working
to address these and other persistent health issues under the current
Community Health Improvement Plan, which all counties are required to have.
new plan is also in the works. Every three years the County Health
Department and its partners conduct a community health assessment. This
effort began last fall with an extensive health survey mailed to
randomly selected households throughout the county. The department also
conducted focus groups with different segments of the population, such
as teachers, guidance counselors, and parents. The information is
currently being compiled and will be presented to the community on
Tuesday, April 25, at the Putnam County Library. Work will then continue
during the summer and fall to turn the findings into a new plan that
will be in place for the county from 2018 - 2021.
to assess our collective health. Taking those findings and turning them
into a plan of action. Collaborating with stakeholders to implement the
plan in an effort to continue the success of the past four years. This
is how Putnam County will create an even better results, and healthier