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Health

Community Vision

Broome County will be an engaged and empowered community that fosters healthy environments, healthy relationships, and healthy people.

The Challenge We Face

In Broome County, half of all adults are considered either overweight or obese. Approximately 80% of older adults have at least one chronic disease, and 68% have at least two. Six chronic diseases—including heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes—cause almost two-thirds of all deaths in the United States annually. Depression among people with chronic conditions is also more common. In turn, chronic conditions account for two-thirds of the money the nation spends overall on healthcare. According to 2016 data, rates of both emergency room department visits and deaths for overdoses involving opioid abuse were twice as high in Broome County as in the state as a whole.

Department of Health; 2019
Center for Disease Control; 2017
National Council on Aging; 2018

Goals

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Increase access to healthcare and support the social, emotional, and mental health of all individuals.

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Assist with the reduction of obesity and associated long-term risks for chronic disease.

What We Plan To Do

Much of what determines a person’s health occurs outside a doctor’s office. Good health depends not just on access to quality medical care, but also on the opportunity to live in an environment conducive to healthy living. A stronger community is built by promoting healthy eating and physical activity, expanding access to quality healthcare, and fostering healthy environments and relationships. Healthy children perform better in school, and healthy adults perform better in the workplace. The result is a thriving community where people are active and have access to nutritious foods.

Key Strategies

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Support the social, emotional, and mental health of all youth, individuals, and families

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Increase access to healthcare

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Promote a healthy and safe environment

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Increase access to healthy food and increase physical activity

2021-2022 Projected Impact

  • 248 individuals will participate in activities that increase their socialization and feelings of connectedness
  • 5,009 individuals will access healthcare services and/or secure health insurance coverage
  • 305 individuals will utilize transportation services to and/or from medical appointments
  • 4,366 individuals will be provided with health information and resources on topics such as fall prevention, health insurance, sex education, etc.
  • 384 individuals will access healthy food through nutrition programs
  • 2,125 individuals will participate in physical activity 2 or more times per week

Did You Know?

Community fitness programs are a scientifically supported way to increase physical activity and physical fitness. Furthermore, these programs may also help improve mental health outcomes of participants.

Health literacy programs have some scientific support in their ability to improve health-related knowledge and adherence to treatment. These programs may also improve patient-provider communication, mental health, and patient satisfaction, and ultimately decrease disparities in outcomes.

Expert opinion supports rural transportation services as a means to increase access to healthcare and increase mobility. Additionally, these services may also help with access to employment opportunities and are likely to reduce disparities between populations.

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