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County Health Stats: Klamath, Curry & Siskiyou among "least healthy"

The overall rankings represent how healthy counties are within the state. The ranks are based on two types of measures: how long people live and how healthy people feel while alive.

Posted: Mar 19, 2019 12:16 PM
Updated: Mar 19, 2019 12:18 PM

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. -- Out of 35 counties in Oregon, Klamath Falls is ranked last.  Josephine is ranked 3rd from last.  And in California, Siskiyou County is 57 out of 58.

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COUNTY RANKINGS

  • Jackson: 16 (out of 35)
  • Josephine: 33 (out of 35)
  • Curry: 28 (out of 35)
  • Klamath: 35 (out of 35)
  • Lake: 26 (out of 35)
  • Siskiyou: 57 (out of 58)

The overall rankings in health outcomes represent how healthy counties are within the state. The healthiest county in the state is ranked #1.  It's Washington County.  Wheeler County was left out of the rankings because the population is too low. 

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The ranks are based on two types of measures: how long people live and how healthy people feel while alive.  The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s County Health Rankings and Roadmaps annual report was just released today. It breaks down counties for each state across the U.S. 

Click here to read the full report. 

The Foundation is the same agency that named Klamath County one of four Cultural of Health Prize winners in 2018.

Since 2011 the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute to provide state and county-level snapshots of a variety of factors influencing the lives of Americans. Klamath County has improved in a number of areas this year, but there is still work to be done, according to the public health director.

“Although we remained at the bottom for health outcomes, we moved up three places for health factors. I’m pleased to see positive improvement in several of the subcategories that contribute to that score,” said Jennifer Little, director of Klamath County Public Health.

A factor to consider in evaluating the 2019 County Health Rankings is the age of the data being analyzed. In some areas, such as low birth weight and teen births, statistics from 2011 to 2017 were evaluated to reach a value for the current rankings. It will be several years before a more accurate picture can develop. The most current data used in any ranking component is from 2017.

“When the data catches up to the current work being done across the county, by local agencies, I expect to see significant improvement in rankings over the next few years,” Little said. “It’s also important to note that our local community health assessment is out for community review and a community health improvement plan survey is currently underway. KCPH continually works with our partner agencies to know what is occurring throughout the county.”

Health outcomes include length of life and quality of life. Klamath ranked 33 for length of life and improved from 36 to 33 for quality of life. Length is influenced by the number of premature deaths, which are defined as a death occurring before someone reaches the age 75. Quality includes the percentage of residents reporting poor or fair health, the number of reported poor physical health days, the number of poor mental health days, and the percentage of infants with low birthweight.

Health factors include health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and the physical environment.
Klamath ranked 31 in health behaviors, which take into consideration factors such as adult smoking, adult obesity, food environment index, physical inactivity, access to exercise opportunities, excessive drinking, alcohol-impaired driving deaths, sexually transmitted infections, and teen births. Adult obesity increased from 31 to 32 percent, with the current rate drawn from 2015 data. Teen births, numbering 37, were nearly double the Oregon rate of 20.

Clinical care improved to 18 from 23. Uninsured adults were 11 percent of the population, up from 10 percent. The ratio of patients to primary care physicians improved to 1,100:1 from 1,160:1. Access to dentists also improved, moving from 1,300:1 to 1,200:1. Mental health provision improved from 250:1 to 230:1. Mammography screening fell from 37 percent from 61.

Social and economic factors fell from 29 to 31. These indicators include high school graduation rate, residents having attended some college, unemployment, children living in poverty, inadequate social support, income inequality, children living in single-parent households, number of social associations, violent crime rate, and injury deaths.

Klamath County’s physical environment remained ranked at 16. This measure reflects air and water quality data, along with severe housing problems, driving alone to work and a long commute to work driven alone. Severe housing problems are defined as households with overcrowding, high housing costs, or lack of kitchen or plumbing facilities.

“There’s a lot of great work happening in the community and we are beginning to see it in the numbers. Everyone is doing their part, and if we keep this up I predict we will see our numbers continue to improve over the years. Remember, change takes time,” Little said.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 313161

Reported Deaths: 3594
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah51245642
Washington34995276
Marion32577393
Clackamas26570271
Lane23989246
Jackson20977257
Deschutes16623102
Umatilla12602125
Douglas10712188
Linn1046886
Josephine8659165
Yamhill744999
Klamath643491
Polk623570
Malheur479467
Benton461927
Coos412069
Columbia324237
Jefferson313746
Lincoln276330
Union272737
Wasco239039
Crook212338
Clatsop211725
Tillamook181523
Baker174421
Morrow167921
Curry166817
Hood River163035
Harney78916
Grant7558
Lake6768
Wallowa50811
Gilliam1374
Sherman1283
Wheeler651
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 4644566

Reported Deaths: 68019
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles144512125852
Riverside3579884804
San Diego3495814009
San Bernardino3472035506
Orange3146225354
Sacramento1503072089
Santa Clara1405641841
Fresno1358611888
Kern1358421515
Alameda1162141329
Ventura976901120
San Joaquin973871615
Contra Costa95727924
Stanislaus806991234
Tulare72969896
San Mateo52239607
San Francisco51907605
Monterey49465565
Solano44151312
Santa Barbara43112500
Sonoma39441378
Merced39370535
Placer36487364
Imperial34261755
Kings30124284
San Luis Obispo28300313
Madera21707258
Butte21307230
Shasta20683276
Santa Cruz20151211
Yolo19143239
Marin17106242
El Dorado16004127
Sutter13094153
Napa1226895
Yuba926061
Nevada847685
Humboldt829587
Tehama823784
San Benito709067
Mendocino685575
Lassen637627
Tuolumne615393
Lake603687
Amador492259
Glenn398030
Siskiyou389541
Calaveras342266
Del Norte336034
Colusa290918
Inyo166539
Mono14935
Plumas12406
Mariposa99712
Trinity72010
Modoc6278
Sierra1980
Unassigned1650
Alpine1000
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