The Davis County Community Health Status Assessment is now available to the public online.
The comprehensive assessment, at www.daviscountyutah.gov/health, shows where the county is doing well, and areas where there are opportunities to improve, said Lewis R. Garrett, director of the Davis County Health Department.
"This important health assessment is a snapshot in time describing the health of Davis County," Garrett said.
"When compared to Utah and the U.S., Davis County is more educated, has less unemployment, less poverty, more homeowners, more social support and less violent crime," said Isa Perry, community outreach planner for the county's health department.
The assessment draws on more than 50 sources of local and state data as well as reports from national organizations.
The report includes recent statistics for many factors influencing health, such as obesity, teen birth rates, disease rates, tobacco and alcohol use, access to physicians and dentists, cost of health care, rates of high school graduation and college attendance, rates of childhood poverty, percentage of children living in
single-parent households, air pollution, access to healthy foods, levels of physical inactivity and access to parks and recreation.
The assessment also contains social and economic factors, known as the social determinants of health, officials said. These factors may have more influence on health than other types of health factors.
For example, communities with more income and education are healthier, as is the case in Davis County, according to local health
Davis County is listed as the sixth-healthiest county in Utah, according to a national report called the County Health Rankings. The county is in the top best 10 percent of all counties in the U.S. for some health indicators, including premature death, adult smoking, adult obesity, motor vehicle crash rate, preventable hospital stays (for Medicare enrollees), some college, children in poverty, inadequate social support and children in
Perry said, "Davis County meets the national benchmark, the 90th percentile, for more than 30 percent of measures in the rankings."