Why does your ZIP code affect your life expectancy?
The increased risk of health burdens varies by ZIP code. These burdens can include education, income, maternal and child health, mental health, mortality, healthcare access, crime, infectious disease and built environment. All of these factors can affect quality of life - which, as a result, affects overall life expectancy.
Where does the data come from and how can I learn more?
The OKC-County Health Department, Tulsa Health Department and the City of Oklahoma City Planning Office have collaborated to publish a book that lists each OKC-County ZIP code's ranking in different categories. The book is known as the Wellness Score and is updated every 3 years.
To view the full .pdf version of the Wellness Score book please visit occhd.org/wellnessscore
To view the Health Index overviews for each ZIP code please visit occhdwellnessscoredashboard.org (See bottom of home page)
Why is this information important?
Identifying life expectancy trends at the local level, in combination with other social determinates of health, provides meaningful data for decision making and program initiatives. Policies, programming, and education can be tailored to improve health outcomes across our city-county jurisdiction targeting the areas with higher health risks.
What's next and how can I get involved?
To decrease the 18 year gap in life expectancy, the data from the Wellness Score will be used to determine which ZIP codes have the highest health risks. The ultimate goal is for all ZIP codes to have the same access to healthcare services, transportation, education, grocery stores, etc.
How can I get involved?
The Wellness Now Coalition is run out of the OKC-County Health Department and works to serve the community. The coalition is made up of work groups that consist of community members who share a passion for a particular cause or group of people. To learn more and get involved with Wellness Now please visit wellnessnowokc.org
If I am in need of services, where can I go?
The OKC-County Health Department consists of many departments, programs and events that are here for the community. A few examples include clinical services, maternal and child health, weight loss classes, cooking demos, teen pregnancy prevention, health at school, cardiovascular disease prevention, and more.