Obesity

Obesity is a national epidemic, one that has accounted for as much as 21 percent of overall medical spending ($190 milllion). Its impact is pervasive regionally as well, with the prevelance of adult obesity and overweight ranging from 56 percent in Ontario County to 72 percent in Wayne County. Obesity and overweight are particularly high in minority populations, estmated to affect 75 percent of African Americans in Monroe County.

Smoking

While public health initiatives continue to reduce the overall population's exposure to tobacco, chronic respiratory disease remains problematic in the region. On average, 17 percent of adults in the Finger Lakes smoke, however smoking rates among individuals with less education and lower incomes is significantly higher (28 percent). Asthma is the third most prominent chronic condition among Medicaid beneficiaries and causes more than 5,000 emergency room visits per year in local hospitals.

Regional solutions

In its 2015 recommendations, the Regional Commission on Community Health Improvement called for evidence based public health interventions that promote healthy eating and physical activity across the lifespan and that reduce smoking and exposure to environmental triggers. The commission also supported paying clinicians for provding preventative care. Below are links to the commission's research and recommendations, issued July 2015.

RECOMMENDATIONS

Prevention/Population Health Work Group Recommendations

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Prevention/Population Health Work Group Roster

CHARGE

Prevention/Population Health Work Group Charge

Research Highlights

Below are selections from the research and presentations reviewed by the Prevention/Population Health Work Group:

2015 Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Communities PowerPoint DOWNLOAD [PPT]

A University Health System Partners with Community Schools to Focus on Health and Wellness DOWNLOAD [PDF]

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Brief 2012 DOWNLOAD [PDF]

CHIP Counties DOWNLOAD [DOC]

DSRIP Community Needs Assessment 12-18-14 DOWNLOAD [PDF]

Effects of Prenatal Breastfeeding Workshop DOWNLOAD [PDF]

Healthcare Financing of Healthy Homes--2014 National Survey DOWNLOAD [PDF]

Population Health Phase II Commissioned Paper DOWNLOAD [PDF]

Regional Chart Book - 2014 DOWNLOAD [PDF]

Success by Design--How R&D Activates Program Innovation and Improvement in the Nonprofit Sector DOWNLOAD [PDF]