What if all Florida communities had the same opportunities for health?

8,000 Premature Deaths in Florida Could Be Prevented If All Florida Counties Had the Same Opportunity to Be Healthy

New Report Highlights Health Gaps among Florida’s Counties  and Details Strategies for Improvement

If we gave all Floridians a fair shot at being healthy, we could prevent nearly 8,000 premature deaths every year, according to a new report released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI). The report, produced by the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program explores what accounts for these differences between counties and what can be done to close the gaps in health.

The report examined a total of 30 important factors that contribute to how long and how well people live, and found that in Florida opportunities for health vary widely from county to county.

If every county in Florida did as well as the counties in the state that performed best on these important health factors, there could be:

  • 544,000 fewer adult smokers
  • 478,000 fewer adults who are obese
  • 799,000 fewer adults who drink excessively
  • 1 million fewer people who are uninsured
  • 296,000 more adults, ages 25-44, with some education beyond high school
  • 147,000 fewer people who are unemployed
  • 196,000 fewer children in poverty 56,000 fewer violent crimes
  • 664,000 fewer households with severe housing problems

 Read the report here. 

Reducing health gaps can’t happen with a ‘one size fits all’ approach. Each state report offers strategies from the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps What Works for Health database that can help communities assess what strategies might work for them.

The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program offers community coaching. Coaches offer hands-on customized assistance to state and local communities to help accelerate their health improvement efforts.

For more information on the actual health factor percentages for each Florida county, please revisit the Florida County Health Rankings Page. 

Media contact:

Christine Hom: chom@flhealthinnovation.org

(561) 838 – 4444 office; (954) 614 – 2609 cell

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