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The Florida Department of Health in Walton County recognizes the value in measuring health outcomes and today acknowledged the 2019 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps tool released by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This study highlights the many community factors that influence health and uses established data, much of which is available from the department at “Our overall health outcomes have improved in the rankings from 29th to 17th out of 67 counties.  With the combined efforts of our community partners, we are addressing several public health issues in our county.  These issues; 1. Reduce Substance Abuse & Improve Mental Health, 2.  Improve Healthy Behaviors and 3. Increase community awareness of Provider Availability and Health Equity, are outlined in our Walton Community Health Improvement Plan.  It takes all of us working together to make Walton County a healthier place to live” said Holly Holt, Health Officer.   These rankings are a snapshot of the health of counties across the country, and they emphasize that health is not a singular effort but a combined work in progress across all community partners. The 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 Walton County. These rankings use data related to physical environments, social and economic factors, health behaviors and clinical care.

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