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Department of Health in St. Johns County Addresses the County Health Rankings Report

By Noreen Nickola-Williams

March 14, 2018

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL - For the seventh year in a row, St. Johns County is ranked #1 in Florida in Health Outcomes (measures of today’s health) and #1 in Health Factors (measures of tomorrow’s health) in the national 2018 County Health Rankings Report. This national study highlights the many factors that influence a community’s health.  “Health Outcomes” use length of life and quality of life as standard measurements to describe a community’s health. “Health Factors” are indicators that help determine our future health (i.e. factors that can ultimately make us sick or lead to an early death).

“Our sustained high ranking is a testament to the commitment and collaboration of our many community partners within the public health system here in St. Johns County,” said Dr. Dawn Allicock, Director and Health Officer with Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County.  “The synergy maximized through leveraging community partnerships with clinical medicine and population health will galvanize the achievement of Health Equity, assuring conditions for optimal health for all people in our County, and enabling us to continue to make improvements for all our residents and visitors.”

“We are proud of St. Johns County for once again being ranked as the healthiest County in Florida as it is a testament to the quality of life in our community. We are committed to providing services, programs, facilities, and natural amenities that enable our residents to enjoy a healthy lifestyle and remain active and engaged.” said Mr. James Johns, Chair, St. Johns County Board of County Commission.

"Our County's consistent number one health ranking reflects years of focused collaboration, investment and a shared commitment to building healthier communities, together," said Flagler Hospital CEO Joe Gordy. "At Flagler, we are passionate about delivering high quality, compassionate care to our patients while they are with us and to providing the education, tools, and resources they need to stay well."

"As a community, we have placed an emphasis on the health and well-being of our citizens," said Tim Forson, Superintendent of the St. Johns County School District. "Building strong relationships with our county health partners helps to strengthen our efforts in the education and care of the children we serve. I commend the dedication of our educators, families, and community partners to the health and safety of our students." 

"As we have seen in recent years, St. Johns County continues to receive high marks in many areas,” said St. Johns County Sheriff David Shoar. "We continue to receive honors within our school system, as well as notable mentions for being a desirable community to both live and play.  A significant part of our community success is the collaboration between the various public and private entities that garner these accolades and allow for a healthy community to strive.  The men and women of the Sheriff's Office are proud to be a part of the team that supports the health and welfare of our citizens."

The Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County (DOH-St. Johns County) recognizes the value in measuring health outcomes and, today, acknowledged the 2018 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps tool released by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  The County Health Rankings use traditional, common data, much of which was obtained from the Department and is available at www.FLHealthCHARTS.com.

DOH-St. Johns champions the St. Johns County Health Leadership Council, a collaborative of engaged community partners dedicated to improving the health of all people in St. Johns County.  The Rankings complement our ongoing Community Health Assessment and serve as a springboard for community-wide discussion about improving overall community health.  During the fall of 2017, the fifth iteration of the St. Johns County Community Health Assessment by the Council using an evidence-based approached and resulted in the development of a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) focused on improving health equity through community-focused strategies to improve health outcomes, to enhance linkages to care, and to strengthen community partnerships. The full report along with the 2018-2020 the Community Health Improvement Plan is scheduled for release next month.

More information on the national County Health Rankings report can be accessed via the web at: www.CountyHealthRankings.org.

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