fifth 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) by the University
of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in the 2016 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” use various indicators
that help determine our future health (i.e. factors that can ultimately
make us sick or lead to an early death).
“It is exciting to know that St. Johns County is, once again, the
healthiest county in Florida. The phrases
‘It takes a village’ and
‘Health knows no boundaries’ are more true today than ever before,” said Dr. Dawn Allicock, Director
and Health Officer of the Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County.
“The Rankings validate the longstanding efforts of a broad spectrum
of partners working together in St. Johns County that continue to make
our community a healthier place to live, learn, work, and play.”
“The sustained high ranking of St. Johns County in this report is
proof of the high priority the County places on health and human services,
parks and recreation, and other services that contribute to the exceptionally
high quality of life in our community.” said Mr. Jeb Smith, Chair
of the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners.
“Flagler Hospital’s commitment to achieving the highest quality
outcomes for our patients extends well beyond our hospital walls,”
stated Flagler Hospital President and CEO Joe Gordy. “Through partnerships
with our physicians and collaboration with the Department of Health and
other providers, we are able to help the residents of our community achieve
the best possible health.”
“As a high achieving school district, we recognize that many of the
health factors utilized in the County Health Rankings are directly tied
to education and the care of our children.” said Dr. Joseph Joyner,
Superintendent of St. Johns County School District.
“The Rankings illustrate the importance of collaboration between
private and public sectors. We are proud of the work and dedication of
the men and women of the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office who collaborate
with the community on a daily basis to ensure the safety, health, and
welfare of our community.” said St. Johns County Sheriff Office,
Sheriff David Shoar.
The St. Johns County Health 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 St. Johns County. The County Health
Ranking report complements St. Johns County’s ongoing activities
for Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Planning.
The 2016 County Health Rankings report was released nationwide earlier
today. Additional information, including previous reports and interactive
tools, can be accessed via the following webpage: