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FDOH in Martin County Addresses County Health Rankings

By Renay Rouse

March 19, 2019

The Florida Department of Health in Martin County recognizes the value in measuring health outcomes and today acknowledged the 2019 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps tool released by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This study highlights the many community factors that influence health and uses established data, much of which is available from the department at www.FLHealthCHARTS.com.

“Good health is the foundation for a strong, thriving community and we are pleased that Martin County continues to rank high in the state for overall health. Through collaborative partnerships with common goals, our community works together to address disparities, improve programs and develop solutions to improve health.” said Carolann Wegener-Vitani, Interim Health Officer for the Florida Department of Health in Martin County.

These rankings are a snapshot of the health of counties across the country, and they emphasize that health is not a singular effort but a combined work in progress across all community partners. The department works in collaboration with local governments, non-profit organizations, health care facilities, business groups, schools, faith-based organizations and many other stakeholders to improve the health of all people in Martin County. These rankings use data related to physical environments, social and economic factors, health behaviors and clinical care. http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/

“Health is an obstacle to success, especially for low income families and individuals. We recognize the importance of collaboration and are seeking more ambassadors and partners to continue to advance this initiative, said Rob Ranieri, CEO for House of Hope. Founding partners in the Hope for Health and Nutrition Initiative include The Children's Services Council of Martin County, Community Foundation of Martin & St. Lucie Counties, Hobe Sound Community Chest, Palm City Farms Produce & Market, United Way of Martin County and the Florida Department of Health in Martin County.

To explore more health indicators in your county, visit www.FLHealthCHARTS.com.