Study provides more proof we're a healthy county

Alex Doty • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:29 AM

Results show adults enjoy high life expectancy, low rates of chronic disease and engage in preventative practices. Youth complete high school at a higher rate, participate in fewer risk behaviors and have high immunization rates.

“The overall objective (of the survey) is to really look ... health care issues in the community and evaluate them,” Ottawa County Health Department spokeswoman Shannon Felgner said.

The study was completed by the Greater Ottawa County United Way, Holland Hospital, North Ottawa Community Health System, Ottawa County Health Department, Ottawa County Community Mental Health and Spectrum Health/Zeeland Community Hospital.

“In this time of limited resources, we need to make the biggest impact where it is needed,” Felgner said. “It was wonderful to have this diverse partnership.”

Jen VanSkiver, spokeswoman for the North Ottawa Community Health System, said the study allows the community to better understand the overall health of the area.

“As a health system, our job is to use these findings to develop strategies and direct resources toward improving the areas of greatest concern,” VanSkiver said. “But we can’t do it alone. We believe this collaborative study will inspire even more collaboration when it comes to finding solutions at the local level.”

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