North Country
11:28 am
Sun April 8, 2012

Health Consortium Plans Summit to Tackle Coos Problems

 

The North Country Health Consortium in Littleton has scheduled a June summit to tackle some of the health problems in Coos County noted in a recent study.

The University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute study released last week evaluated the health of individual counties nationwide.

The study has been done for the last three years. Each time Coos was ranked last in the state.

Problems in Coos included a higher adult smoking rate, a higher rate of adult obesity and a higher rate of physical inactivity. Overall Coos residents die earlier and there are more low-birth weight babies.

During the coming weeks officials from the health consortium will be meeting with officials and community leaders to discuss the study.

The goal is to see how their information and concerns match up with the conclusions of the study, said Amy Holmes, the Community and Public Health Director at the consortium.

Tackling the problems noted in the study may seem daunting but there is the potential to improve, said April Allin, the Workforce Education and Development Program Manager at the consortium.

That’s been shown elsewhere in the country, said Angela Russell, who worked on the Population Health Institute study.

“We’ve seen this throughout the nation. Working together folks can really improve the health of your school, your neighborhood, your city or your county.”

The June 14th summit is expected to discuss priorities, tactics, funding and hear how officials in other states have tackled health issues and succeeded.