County notches top-three rankings in health outcomes, health factors

From: Scott Anderson, Clackamas County Health, Housing and Human Services, 503-655-8752

Media and Interested Parties

Clackamas County ranks in the top three in Oregon in terms of health outcomes and health factors, according to a 2016 assessment by a national health program.

Among Oregon counties, Clackamas County was ranked No. 2 in health outcomes and No. 3 in health factors by the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps program.

"The health rankings show, once again, that Clackamas County is a wonderful place to live," said Clackamas County Public Health Director Dana Lord. "Where you live can predict your long-term health outcomes and your longevity. Our work will be to preserve this into the future."

The program considers both health outcomes (length of life and quality of life) and health factors (health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and physical environment) within its model of population health.

Propelling it to its rankings, Clackamas County scored well in the following areas:

  • Adults reporting physical activity
  • Access to exercise opportunities
  • Low percentage of births among teenagers (15-19 years old)
  • Percentage of population under age 65 with health insurance
  • Access to primary care physicians and dentists
  • Percentage of ninth-graders graduating high school in four years
  • Persons with some college education
  • Percentage of children not in poverty
  • Income equality

The County Health Rankings and Roadmaps program is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The program produces annual rankings designed to measure vital health factors such as high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, access to healthy foods, the quality of air and water, income, and teen births across nearly every county in America. More information about the program is available online

For more information, members of the media and public may contact Community Relations Specialist Scott Anderson at 503-655-8752.