The Oklahoma City-County Health Department (OCCHD) has released the new 2017 Wellness Score online, outlining improvements in many of the 14 measured health outcomes ranging from deaths due to heart disease, stroke, cancer and even suicide. The report provides zip code level data, making it relevant to residents and community leaders in both quality of life and planning efforts.
To download the report go to https://www.occhd.org/WellnessScore or CLICK HERE.
Longstanding Chronic Disease Numbers Decline
Among many improvements is a 14 percent reduction in stroke deaths, attributed in large part to the increased community health intervention efforts such as My Heart that offer free medications and doctor visits to those with chronic diseases along with Total Wellness classes, which give people the knowledge and tools to make better dietary choices and encourage an increase in their level of activity, can also be credited to the decline in mortality rates.
A variety of factors are responsible for the decreases, including the increased community conversation around health and wellness, and a multitude of public and private partners using resources to create access to things that keep people healthy. Through initiatives like MAPS, Oklahoma City has seen increased bike and walking trails, and through efforts led by OCCHD, realizing the power of integrating many traditional and non-traditional health services to work together in one location.
“Remarkable work is being done to make our community more focused on prevention, wellness and educational success for the next generation. We will continue to innovatively serve our community alongside our dedicated leaders and partners,” said OCCHD Executive Director Gary Cox.
Room for Improvement
Many opportunities exist to continue to improve, like addressing the opioid epidemic, expand projects and partnerships with schools, and continue to expand the integrated model that has seen so much success at the current Northeast Regional Health and Wellness Campus. The Northeast campus saw more than 36,000 visitors in 2016 and is recognized for its innovation and unique amenities provided by the private sector.